Speech by Nepalese on his "conversion" to Shin Buddhism

Speech by Nepalese on his "conversion" to Shin Buddhism

Postby Dodatsu » Fri Jun 04, 2010 2:18 pm

A You-tube video of Rev Sonam Wangdi Bhutia's speech at the Buddhist Churches of America's 750th Memorial of Shinran Shonin in February.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3stazdciqL0

A humorous "testimony" on his conversion to Shin Buddhism.

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Contemplating the power of Tathagata's Primal Vow,
One sees that no foolish being who encounters it passes by in vain.
When a person single-heartedly practices the saying of the Name alone,
It brings quickly to fullness and perfection [in that person] the great treasure ocean of true and real virtues.
- Shinran Shonin
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Re: Speech by Nepalese on his "conversion" to Shin Buddhism

Postby Namu Butsu » Tue Jun 08, 2010 1:49 pm

This was great. I was excited when I first saw it on FB. Its good to see a Nepalese jodo shinshu branch :)
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Re: Speech by Nepalese on his "conversion" to Shin Buddhism

Postby Astus » Tue Jun 08, 2010 2:16 pm

It is fascinating to see how someone who spent many years as a Himalayan monk finds the Primal Vow to be the way to enlightenment. Although I've heard somewhere before that the Japanese have great interest in Tibet.
"If the Buddha-Nature is seen, there will be no seeing of a nature in any thing."
(Nirvana Sutra, T12n374p521b3; tr Yamamoto)

"Neither cultivation nor seated meditation — this is the pure Chan of Tathagata."
(Mazu Daoyi, X1321p3b23; tr. Jinhua Jia)

“Don’t rashly seek the true Buddha;
True Buddha can’t be found.
Does marvelous nature and spirit
Need tempering or refinement?
Mind is this mind carefree;
This face, the face at birth."

(Nanyue Mingzan: Enjoying the Way, tr. Jeff Shore; T2076p461b24-26)
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