信心 and how to develop it

Rakz
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Re: 信心 and how to develop it

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Re: 信心 and how to develop it

Postby Huifeng » Mon Jan 10, 2011 4:54 am

One or two, but most practitioners that I know are still pretty young so have not passed away during the time that I have known them.


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Re: 信心 and how to develop it

Postby Nosta » Mon Jan 10, 2011 11:10 pm

Thank you for your answers people, they were helpful indeed, but it remains the confusion in my mind: why do we have 2 opposite teachings and wich should we choose?

HUIFENG: Tell us more about that auspicious signs.

Thank you very much again to all of you. :-)

PS: This is a very interesting and important thread.

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Re: 信心 and how to develop it

Postby Astus » Tue Jan 11, 2011 1:32 pm

Nosta,

They're not opposing views but different approaches. As you may well know, in PL there's made a separation of self-power and other-power. They basically mean attitudes. Self-power PL practices include visualisation and recitation when they're done with the intent of attaining birth through the taming of the mind. Other-power practice means that you rely on Amita Buddha's vow-power to attain birth. In practice it comes down to the recitation of the name with the intent of being mindful of the Buddha (nianfo - buddha-mindfulness) not necessarily to attain any special mind-state but to nurture faith. Thus reciation and faith are not really two but a single path. Honen affirms this in his : "Reciting the nembutsu does not come from studying and understanding its meaning. There is no other reason or cause by which we can utterly believe in attaining birth in the Pure Land than the nembutsu itself. Reciting the nembutsu and believing in birth in the Pure Land naturally gives rise to the three minds and the four modes of practice."
Myriad dharmas are only mind.
Mind is unobtainable.
What is there to seek?

If the Buddha-Nature is seen,
there will be no seeing of a nature in any thing.

Neither cultivation nor seated meditation —
this is the pure Chan of Tathagata.

With sudden enlightenment to Tathagata Chan,
the six paramitas and myriad means
are complete within that essence.




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