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Sanekata Shū 34

One autumn, when I invited Lord Michitsuna, the Middle Captain, to go fishing, he said, ‘You prefer taking life to the Way of the Buddha!’, and I composed:

宇治川の網代の氷魚もこの秋はあみだ佛に寄るとこそ聞け

uzigaFa no
aziro no Fiwo mo
kono aki Fa
amida Fotoke ni
yoru to koso kike
Upon the River Uji
Sweetfish-fry against the nets
This autumn
To Amida Buddha
Are drawn, or so I hear!

SKS X: 413

At the time of the Shari Kō Service, people had to compose poems indicating their wish to follow the way of the Buddha, so he composed:

よそになど佛の道を尋ぬらむわが心こそしるべなりけれ

yoso ni nado
Fotoke no miti wo
tadunuramu
wa ga kokoro koso
sirube narikere
In what distant place
The Buddha’s path
Should I seek?
It is my own heart that
Shall be my guide.

The Chancellor and Former Grand Minister [Fujiwara no Tadamichi]