Collected Works of Shinran

Reply to Shinbutsu-bo

I have been taught that within Other Power there is self-power. I have never heard of an other-power within Other Power. That there is self-power within Other Power means that there are people who seek to attain birth through sundry practices and disciplines and through meditative and nonmeditative nembutsu; such people are people of self-power within Other Power. It was not taught that there is an other-power within Other Power. Since Senshin-bo plans to stay in the area for a while, I will speak of all this when he comes.


I gratefully acknowledge your gift of 20 kan.


Eleventh month, 25th day


[Reply to Shinbutsu-bo]