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Sutras chanted by the ministers of the Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin, Honolulu, Hawaii:
After Bodhisattva Dharmakara set forth his forty-eight Vows with which to save all sentient beings, he pledged that, unless all beings are saved through the fulfillment of these vows, he would not accept Buddhahood. This hymn or gatha is a reiteration of the forty-eight Vows and emphasizes the all-embracing compassion of Bodhisattva's aspiration to create a Buddha land in which anyone—no matter how defiled—may go to and there attain complete enlightenment. This land is reachable through the Buddha's "name," which is the transcendant mind of limitless wisdom and compassion, manifested for us as Namo Amida Butsu ("Surrender to, and take refuge in, the Limitless Wisdom and Compassion of the Awakened One").
This is Bodhisattva Dharmakara's "Gatha in Praise of the Buddha." Sanbutsuge appears in the Larger Sutra on the Buddha of Infinite Life. In this hymn, Bodhisattva Dharmakara praises his teacher, the Buddha Lokesvararaja and vows to attain Buddhahood in order to be able to create a Buddha land to which everyone who is suffering in the world of illusion may came and attain liberation.
Shoshinge, Nembutsu, and Wasan
Shoshinge or "Gatha of True Faith in the Nembutsu," which is the most widely chanted sutra among Shin Buddhists, was written by Shinran Shonin to encapsulate the teachings of Jodo Shinshu. It articulates the essence of the Pure Land teachings, as transmitted from Shakyamuni Buddha through the Seven Masters, in which ordinary beings of limited and defiled mind attain birth in the Buddha's Pure Land through the sincere and trusting mind of Amida, which arises through the Primal Vow.
The following sutra was recorded by the ministers of the Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha Budismo da Terra Pura in Brazil:
Junirai, or "The Twelve Adorations," is a Gatha written by Nagarjuna (c. 2nd-3rd cent. B.C.E.), the first of seven Patriarchs of Jodo Shinshu. He praises the beauty and sacredness of the Pure Land, which manifests the virtures of Amida Buddha, and expresses the desire to be born in that Land. The expression of praise and reverence is repeated twelve times, thus the verse is known as The Twelve Adorations.