This art piece illustrates Amida Buddha’s Golden Chain of Love. Inspiration for this artwork came from a popular verse:
I am a link in Amida Buddha’s Golden Chain of love that stretches around the world. I must keep my link bright and strong. I will try to be kind and gentle to every living thing, and protect all who are weaker than myself. I will try to think pure and beautiful thoughts, to say pure and beautiful words, and to do pure and beautiful deeds, knowing that what I do now depends not only my happiness or unhappiness, but also that of others. May every link in Amida Buddha’s Golden Chain of love be bright and strong and may we all attain perfect peace.
The verse was written right here in Hawai’i, and is one of my favorite Jodo Shinshu verses because of its themes of compassion, unity, interconnection, peace, and love – as well as for the beautiful imagery it inspires. May we all attain perfect peace.