Master Honen therefore says: schools of the Sacred Path focus their practice on development of knowledge and discernment for realization of truth and entering nivana, while the practice of Pure Land school focuses on returning ignorance for rebirth in the Land of Bliss. “Returning ignorance” means not displaying our talents, wisdom, or good deeds in this school of teaching, and treat ourselves as idiots who can practice nothing and know nothing except “Namo Amitabha”. What we can do is, just like old folks, to recite, “Namo Amitabha, Namo Amitabha…” Enlightenment by meditation is a practice of the Sacred Path. For us, we closely follow the teachings of our founder. If we overestimate our ability and act according to our “smart” way, we will quite likely deviate from the right path.

Namo Amitabha!