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PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2010 2:18 pm 
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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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When a person single-heartedly practices the saying of the Name alone,
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2010 1:49 pm 
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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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PostPosted: Tue Jun 08, 2010 2:16 pm 
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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.

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"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."

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