I recently began reading about Jodo Shinshu and wonder why in the world it took me this long to come across the teachings of Shinran. I am aware of the historical origins of Jodo Shu and Jodo Shinshu that shape the schools to what they are today and in there beliefs.
However, I just have a question. I find Shinran's writings inspirational but I dont really agree with some of the teachings of the Jodo Shinshu school. While I respect their beliefs, I view them as an expedient means to the same goal. I came across the Dharma via the Chinese culture and made Chinese Buddhism (for lack of a better term) my practice. My question is, if I go to, let's say to a Jodo Shinshu temple, will I still be welcomed even though I believe in self-power AND other-power? Would I be looked at as heretical? I certainly wouldn't expound my beliefs and practices upon other people because we all have different affinities. The way I see it is that whether we are Jodo Shinshu or non-Jodo Shinshu and recite the Buddha name, we are still creating karmic affinities with Amitabha Buddha. I make offerings to Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva, recite his sutra, and meditate, as well as the religious practices of my native cultural traditions. I understand that in Shinran's time, ordinary people did not have time to do these kinds of things so thus they relied on the power of Amitabha entirely. I understand that in the Jodo Shinshu school, the thought is that one cannot gain buddhahood in this lifetime due to us being drowned in the three poisons and such but I think differently; I think we can make at least some realizations in this lifetime that come from our buddhanature as I have learned from the teachings of Chinese masters.
Is it something that is up to personal matters? I respect Shinran but if I were to go into a Jodo Shinshu place, I certainly wouldnt want to be looked as heretical lol
Namo Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva
Namo Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva
May I continue to practice loving-kindness and compassion for sentient beings. May my friends and loved ones be free from suffering. May those who have hurt me also be free from suffering.
Hatred is like throwing cow dung at someone else. You get dirty first before throwing it to someone else.