5: Isho no aidayokushin omawazu - To always be detached from desires or wants.
koto ni oite, kokai wo sezu - Never have regrets
about oneself or what you have done.
This means you are the one that has to come to terms with yourself. Your
confession in life is to yourself. There should be no regret in human
So is there a way of being able to not regret anything? It would be impossible
to say that one cannot have any regret at all. But there is a way towards
this. This is when one can reform oneself and go out into this exceedingly
big world. To get the know that world without any regrets.
Musashi writes, In order to express this Gorin no Sho is based on, The
way to heaven and Kannon  as a mirror. This is what you in your mind when you make a confession to yourself.
is meant by, As a mirror? Zendo Daishi (613 - 681 CE),
one of the Seven Patriarchs of Jodo-Shinshu) wrote, "A lesson
is like a mirror". This means not seeing an image of yourself
on that mirror.
It means the time realize
that mirror and the lessons are becoming one thing. So it was said
that Musashi had a life between the way to Kannon and heaven, then become one by the principle of, Build
yourself up and wake up to the realities of life.
In Buddhism the 'Realization
of Yourself' is called the root of making a confession. Making
a confession would seem to have a meaning similar to, 'To think
over what we have done, to have regret and be ashamed of yourself'.
But actually they are different. "Thinking over" means
you look back on what you have done and to promise to yourself that
it will never happen again.
Regret means that you reprehend yourself for what you have done.
Being ashamed of yourself means that you are so embarrassed about your
attitude that can never return to society.
However all these thoughts manifest themselves as thinking over regret
and being ashamed. In our Cycles of Life. It
could happen to you or anyone. It is all based on each others world.
 Kannon the Goddess of Mercy embodies compassion and is one of the
most widely worshiped divinities in Japan and mainland Asia. Kannon literally
means "watchful listening," which could be loosely translated
as "the one who sees/hears all." This is indeed the task of
the compassionate Kannon Bodhisattva -- to witness/listen to the prayers
of those in difficulty in the earthly realm, and to help them achieve
 This refers to the Six ways of Transmigration. Basically the Buddhist
view of dying, death and life after death follows the Buddhist teachings.
It may be simply described as follows:
Due to ignorance and attachment sentient beings constantly engage
in self-centered activities. Consequently, by the force of such
activities, called karma, they are helplessly engulfed in transmigration
within the six realms of suffering. These six realms are: heavens,
asuras, humans, animals, hungry ghosts, and hells. Through understanding
the Buddhist teaching and realizing their significance by devoted
practice, one may achieve transcendence from this cycle of transmigration.
The transcendental states are classified as Sravakas, Pratyeka-buddhas,
Bodhisattvas and Buddhas. One may achieve transcendental states
in this or some future life.
The source of making a confession means that you must really have
a realisation of of yourself. A true awakening.
You realise Go
Gyaku Ju Ako and that it is connected with Buddha to become Nyo.
You throw yourself down in
front of Buddha and apologise with a wish to give up on desires.
We have to be very sorry, but
the source of making a confession means to see yourself through 'Namu Amida
So all these things to think
over, the regrets, the being ashamed don't really mean all that much,
they don't have that much importance to others. What really matters is
yourself. Therefore the source of making a confession is that, You through
yourself in front of Buddha should apologise truly from the heart then
be consoled by it. We also call this, " A change back to the very
Up to now my "change back"
was narcissistic and done all on my own. But at least it was a start.
"When I made a confession to myself, my beginning came. Musashi wrote, The world to heaven and to Kannon and this world are in existance.
Namu Amida Butsu. Namu is a word in India which means to believe
in or to take refuge in. So when we say Namu Amida Butsu, we are saying "I take refuge in Amida Buddha" or "I go to Amida Buddha
for guidance." In other words, Amida Buddha is most important to
me. My most important thing is not money, not delicious food, not my house,
not beautiful lady, it is the Dharma, Amida Buddha. This declaration is
Namu Amida Butsu. Thus, our altar symbolises our inner mind. When we are
able to put Amida Buddha in the centre of our lives, we become true Shinshu
followers. But in most cases, even as we say "Namu Amida Butsu,"
most of everything is centred around our food, house, car, or wife. Right
after I may say "Namu Amida Butsu," I go back to putting money
in the centre of my mind. So actually, I really can't just say Nembutsu
by myself. Namu Amida Butsu doesn't come from my power. It is beyond my
ego, selfishness or self-centredness. My teacher once said, "Nembutsu
is your fundamental wish."