I would very much like to hear from Jodo Shinshu folks concerning their view of the natural world, and if Shin has influenced that view.
Some see Amida as the source (but not a creator-god) of things, some see Amida as present in some sense within the universe. Sometimes Shin is described as a Buddhistic form of panentheism. Panentheism posits that God is here (Immanent) and more than here (transcendent). The Buddhist version, godless, speaks of "panendharmism" or even "panenAmidism". Do you feel that the universe is made sacred by Amida?
Or is Amida a purely transcendent figure, active only in the human heart? If that is the case, is the universe simply suffering and samsara, with Amida as the only point of light - the Raft coming from the Other Shore ? Just when I began to think that the world was merely heaps of skhandas, or a collection of mindless cycles of force, I came across the poetry of Ippen, which contains some beautiful nature imagery.
You can see the "split". Any perspectives are welcome, thanks.