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.


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

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 :)
"Just say the nembutsu and be liberated" Shinran Shonin
"However hard it may be to bid farewell to this world, when the conditions that bind us to this saha [samsara] realm run out, we are powerless to do anything as the final hour arrives and we are swept away to that Land." -A Record in Lament of Divergences
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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.
"There is no such thing as the real mind. Ridding yourself of delusion: that's the real mind."
(Sheng-yen: Getting the Buddha Mind, p 73)

"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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