Heart of the Shin Buddhist Path

Author: Takamaro Shigaraki
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1614290490
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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.

Buddhism of the Heart

Author: Jeff Wilson
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com
ISBN: 1458783553
Format: PDF, ePub
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Includes a foreword by Mark Unno and Taitetsu Unno. Jeff Wilson started his walk on the Buddha's Path as a Zen practitioner-taking up a tradition of vigorous self-effort, intensive meditation, and meticulous attention to rectitude in every action. But in Jeff's case, rather than freeing him from his suffering, he found those Zen practices made him nothing short of insufferable. And so he turned to Shin Buddhism-a path that is easily the most popular in Zen's native land of Japan but is largely unknown in the West. Shin emphasizes an ''entrusting heart,'' a heart that is able to receive with gratitude every moment of our mistake-filled and busy lives. Moreover, through walking the Shin path, Jeff comes see that each of us (himself especially included) are truly ''foolish beings,'' people so filled with endlessly arising ''blind passions'' and ingrained habits that we so easily cause harm even with our best intentions. And even so, Shin holds out the tantalizing possibility that, by truly entrusting our foolish selves to the compassionate universe, we can learn to see how this foolish life, just as it is, is nonetheless also a life of grace. Buddhism of the Heart is a wide-ranging book of essays and open-hearted stories, reflections that run the gamut from intensely personal to broadly philosophical, introducing the reader to a remarkable religious tradition of compassionate acceptance.

Buddhist Christian Dual Belonging

Author: Gavin D'Costa
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1134801386
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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.

Learning from Other Religious Traditions

Author: Hans Gustafson
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319761080
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This book brings together academic scholars from across various religious traditions to reflect on the beauty they find in traditions other than their own. They examine these aspects and reflect on how they inform and constructively assist with rethinking their own religious worldviews and practices. Each scholar investigates the various implications, questions, insights, and challenges that are generated in the process of doing so. Traditions discussed include Ásatrú Heathenism, Buddhism, Catholicism, Evangelical Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, LDS Mormon Christianity, Lutheranism, Presbyterianism, Sikhism, Sufism, Western Buddhism, and Zen Mahāyāna Buddhism. Instead of focusing only or primarily on the theory and practice of interreligious dialogue, this book presents living examples of learning from other religious traditions, identities, and persons.

Bekenntnisse eines ungl ubigen Buddhisten

Author: Stephen Batchelor
Publisher: Ludwig
ISBN: 3641038979
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Die alte Weisheit Buddhas für die Welt von heute An den Buddhismus muss man nicht »glauben« – und schon gar nicht an Wiedergeburt und Nirwana: Der international bekannte Buddhist und Bestsellerautor Stephen Batchelor befreit die fernöstliche Weisheitslehre vom religiösen Überbau und beweist eindringlich, dass sie vor allem eine praktische Anleitung für ein authentisches Leben im Hier und Jetzt ist. Sein neues Buch ist die spannende Geschichte einer lebenslangen Sinnsuche. Sie wird nicht nur Buddhisten faszinieren, sondern alle »Ungläubigen« auf der Suche nach Orientierung. Als Jugendlicher landet Stephen Batchelor Anfang der 70er Jahre eher zufällig in Indien und entdeckt den Buddhismus. Mit 21 wird er Mönch und beschäftigt sich intensiv mit verschiedenen Formen des tibetischen und des Zen-Buddhismus. Doch bald kommen ihm Zweifel, denn die im Buddhismus so zentrale Vorstellung der Wiedergeburt ist seinem westlich geprägten Denken nicht zugänglich. Batchelors tiefe Glaubenskrise und seine Auseinandersetzung mit dem historischen Buddha bringen ihn zu der Überzeugung, dass man für die zeitlose Weisheit des Buddhismus Worte und Ausdrucksformen finden muss, die auch im Westen verstanden werden. Für ihn ist er keine Religion, sondern der Weg zu einem achtsamen, mitfühlenden Denken und Handeln in einer leiderfüllten Welt – ein Weg, der uns auch heute noch bereichern und erfüllen kann. Stephen Batchelors Geschichte inspiriert alle, für die stetiges Zweifeln und die Auseinandersetzung mit religiösen Dogmen untrennbar mit Erkenntnis und mit Spiritualität verbunden sind. Die packende Geschichte einer Sinnsuche – nicht nur für Buddhisten.

Pure Land Buddhism Shinran s Devotional Path to Enlightenment

Author: Roy Melvyn
Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc
ISBN: 1105294463
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At the heart of Shin (Pure Land) Buddhist teaching lies a vision of true reality as alive with wisdom and compassion, working to bring all beings to the highest fulfillment of human life, the attainment of Buddhahood. Shinran teaches that this activity manifests itself as Amida Buddha, who resolved to save all beings by bringing into his Pure Land, the realm of enlightenment, all who say his Name, entrusting themselves to his Vow. He thus performed practices for long eons and fulfilled this Vow, so that his Name, Namu Amida Butsu, came to resound throughout the universe, awakening all beings to the reality of great compassion. Interestingly, in the end, Pure Land and the more traditional Zen share the primary framework of removing the individual as the central point out from which all else is referred.

The Heart of Buddhism

Author: Yoshinori Takeuchi
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Examines the Buddhist doctrines dealing with the stages of meditation and the causal chain of human existence from an existential perspective