In the last few years as Zeus has advanced to this stage I also have read books and had many discussions with him about the beliefs and philosophies of the Jodo Shinsu. It is a fascinating philosophy, one that I look forward to learning more about.
Yesterday we spent four hours at a Naikan retreat (no, not the camera, that's Nikon). One of the exercises involved answering these three questions:
1. What has someone done for you in the last 24 hours for which you are grateful?
2. What have you done for someone else in the last 24 hours for which they are grateful?
3. What have you done in the last 24 hours to hurt someone else?
The lists were minutely detailed and very revealing, leaving me with some very chewy food for thought. And that was only for the previous 24 hour period! Try doing that for a lifetime!
We love you, Zeus! Congratulations!