About ‘The Udumbara Flower’

Welcome to The Udumbara Flower
This web site is a companion to Notes on the Nembutsu

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:

  • 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.