Astus wrote:This is the problem of 'licensed evil', a known misinterpretation of the teachings of Honen and Shinran. The answer is that those who renounce the world and want to attain birth in the Pure Land don't wilfully commit any evil actions, don't intentionally engage in greed and hatred.
Things you may read:
The Question of 'Licensed Evil'
The meaning of “there are no precepts”
Jodo Shinshu: Shin Buddhism in Medieval Japan, p 53ff
steveb1 wrote:Shin teaches that Amida accepts us "just as we are" and saves and enlightens us regardless of our actions. This brings in the question of ethical action, "Buddhistic" action, in the world. If, because of Amida's guarantee of salvation, we are free to do anything, Shinjin could be viewed as a license for committing anti-Dharmic acts. I am certain that this was not Shinran Shonin's ntention, but the only thing I recall him saying about indulging in bad behavior, knowing that we're already saved, was something to the effect, "Just because we know there is an antidote, doesn't mean that we should drink poison".
I really don't think that moral nihilism is, or ought to be, a consequence of being embraced by Amida's grace, but my education on this point appears to be somewhat inadequate.
Can anyone enlighten me on this issue?
steveb1 wrote:Northern Light, thank you for the encouraging words
It does occur to me that if gratitude is Shin's primary mode, then truly grateful people would naturally tend not to act hatefully and would tend to curb their worst impulses ...
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