Call of the Infinite

Author: John Paraskevopoulos
Publisher: Sophia Perennis et Universalis
ISBN: 9781621382454
Format: PDF
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This thoughtful short outline of the spirituality of Shin ("Pure Land") Buddhism is distinguished by its clarity, enthusiasm, and indeed its high level of accuracy. Written by a Shin priest, it shows very well why this form of Buddhism might appeal to modern seekers depressed and frustrated with the decadent and sterile world around them.

Buddha of Infinite Light

Author: Daisetz T. Suzuki
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
ISBN: 0834828642
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Shin is the uniquely Japanese flowering of the type of Buddhism known as "Pure Land." It originated in the thirteenth century with the charismatic and prophetic figure Shinran (1172–1263), whose interpretation of the traditional Pure Land teachings was extremely influential in his own lifetime and remain so today. In a period when Japanese Buddhism was dominated by an elitist monastic establishment, Shinran's Shin teaching became a way of liberation for all people, regardless of age, class, or gender. Although Shin is one of Japan's greatest religious contributions—and is still the most widely practiced form of Buddhism in Japan—it remains little known in the West. In this book, based on several lectures he gave in the 1950s, D. T. Suzuki illuminates the deep meaning of Shin and its rich archetypal imagery, providing a scholarly and affectionate introduction to this sometimes misunderstood tradition of Buddhist practice.

Heart of the Shin Buddhist Path

Author: Takamaro Shigaraki
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1614290490
Format: PDF, ePub
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In his Heart of the Shin Buddhist Path Takamaro Shigaraki examines Shin Buddhism anew as a practical path of spiritual growth and self transformation, challenging assessments of the tradition as a passive religion of mere faith. Shigaraki presents the core themes of the Shin Buddhist path—nembutsu, shinjin, and jinen—in fresh, engaging, down-to-earth language, considering each frankly from both secular and religious perspectives. Much attention is devoted to rational examination of the religious ideas of faith and salvation with an eye toward finding, in what are traditionally perceived as passive ideals, a foundation for positive ethical action and meaning in life. Shigaraki discloses a nondual Pure-Land that finds philosophical kinship with Zen, but has been little discussed in the West. With its unassuming language and insights drawn from a life of practice, Heart dispels the fog of misconception that has shrouded Western appreciation of Shin traditions, to reveal the limitless light of Amida Buddha that reaches all.

Shin Buddhism

Author: Taitetsu Unno
Publisher: Harmony
ISBN: 0385504705
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Interest in Buddhism continues to grow throughout North America, and more and more readers are moving beyond the familiar Zen and Tibetan traditions to examine other types of Buddhism. In Shin Buddhism, Taitetsu Unno explains the philosophy anc practices of "Pure Land" Buddhism, which dates back to the sixth century C.E., when Buddhism was first introduced in Japan. While Zen Buddhism flourished in remote monasteries, the Pure Land tradition was adopted by the common people. With a combination of spiritual insight and unparalled scholoarship, the author describes the literature, history, and principles of this form of Buddhism and illuminates the ways in which it embodies this religion's most basic tenet: "No human life should be wasted, abandoned, or forgotten but should be transformed into a source of vibrant life, deep wisdom, and compassionate living." As a practice that evolved to harmonize with the realities of everyday life, Shin Buddhism will be particularly attractive to contemporary Western readers. From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Fragrance of Light

Author: John Paraskevopoulos
Publisher: Sophia Perennis et Universalis
ISBN: 9781597311458
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Drawing on a wide-ranging selection of masters and scriptures, The Fragrance of Light presents a rich collection of passages that span the breadth of Buddhist thought across the ages. This anthology will stimulate readers, providing them with challenging insights that go to the heart of the human condition and to our need for spiritual liberation. It also reveals a side to Buddhism that may be unfamiliar to many but which represents the heart of this tradition as a vibrant and living faith with much to offer seekers in the modern world. "In this wonderful collection, John Paraskevopoulos has lovingly selected passages that illuminate centuries of wisdom in Buddhist themes that cohere and blend into the great flow of boundless compassion."--MARK UNNO, University of Oregon "This anthology succeeds in bringing together a perfect compendium of inspirational quotations from all the major Buddhist traditions, demonstrating the strength of the Other-Power approach. The readings take us, by way of four sections, from our current reality to our ultimate goal; with great skill and clarity, the author introduces each by giving the Buddhist context. This book will be an excellent companion for our journey along the Pure Land way."--KENNETH MULLEN, University of Glasgow "Breaking away from desiccated concepts of 'emptiness' and humanist reductionism, Paraskevopoulos offers us nothing less than an antidote to secularized Buddhism for modern audiences. This wonderful anthology exudes the perfume of wisdom, beauty and devotion to prove that, if words have any meaning, Buddhism is indeed a religion."--PATRICK LAUDE, Georgetown University John Paraskevopoulos was born in Australia and studied Philosophy at the University of Melbourne. He is a Shin Buddhist minister and was ordained in Kyoto in 1994. His writings focus on the Buddha's teachings for ordinary people and how they can help enrich our everyday lives. He is the author of Call of the Infinite, which is an introduction to Shin Buddhism for lay audiences.

Buddhist Christian Dual Belonging

Author: Gavin D'Costa
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1134801386
Format: PDF, Docs
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A growing number of people describe themselves as both Buddhist and Christian; but does such a self-description really make sense? Many people involved in inter-faith dialogue argue that this dialogue leads to a mutually transformative process, but what if the transformation reaches the point where the Buddhist or Christian becomes a Buddhist Christian? Does this represent a fulfilment of or the undermining of dialogue? Exploring the growing phenomenon of Buddhist-Christian dual belonging, a wide variety of authors including advocates, sympathisers and opponents from both faiths, focus on three key questions: Can Christian and Buddhist accounts and practices of salvation or liberation be reconciled? Are Christian theism and Buddhist non-theism compatible? And does dual belonging inevitably distort the essence of these faiths, or merely change its cultural expression? Clarifying different ways of justifying dual belonging, contributors offer criticisms of dual belonging from different religious perspectives (Theravada Buddhist, Evangelical Reformed and Roman Catholic) and from different methodological approaches. Four chapters then carry the discussion forward suggesting ways in which dual belonging might make sense from Catholic, Theravada Buddhist, Pure-land Buddhist and Anglican perspectives. The conclusion clarifies the main challenges emerging for dual belongers, and the implications for interreligious dialogue.

Dixie Dharma

Author: Jeff Wilson
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 080786997X
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Buddhism in the United States is often viewed in connection with practitioners in the Northeast and on the West Coast, but in fact, it has been spreading and evolving throughout the United States since the mid-nineteenth century. In Dixie Dharma, Jeff Wilson argues that region is crucial to understanding American Buddhism. Through the lens of a multidenominational Buddhist temple in Richmond, Virginia, Wilson explores how Buddhists are adapting to life in the conservative evangelical Christian culture of the South, and how traditional Southerners are adjusting to these newer members on the religious landscape. Introducing a host of overlooked characters, including Buddhist circuit riders, modernist Pure Land priests, and pluralistic Buddhists, Wilson shows how regional specificity manifests itself through such practices as meditation vigils to heal the wounds of the slave trade. He argues that southern Buddhists at once use bodily practices, iconography, and meditation tools to enact distinct sectarian identities even as they enjoy a creative hybridity.