Welcome to The Udumbara Flower
This web site is a companion to Notes on the Nembutsu
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What is an ‘Udumbara Flower’?
The ‘Udumbara’ is a kind of fig tree. Figs do not flower. So the Udumbara is a popular Buddhist metaphor for the rarity of encountering the Buddha Dharma in general and the Primal Vow of Amida Buddha in particular.
Frequently quoted texts on this web site:
- BD – Buddha Dharma. Numata Centre for Translation and Research
- CWS – The Collected Works of Shinran Vol 1. Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha, 1997
- ET – BDK English Tripitaka. Numata Centre for Translation and Research.