Great Living

Great Living

Postby Zenshin 善心 » Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:31 am

Hey fellow nembutsu-sha, my master Rev. Kemmyo Taira Sato has written a new translation and commentary on the Tannisho - Great Living in the Pure Encounter Between Master and Disciple. You can purchase it through Three Wheels website (and also find some translations of Rennyo's Ofumi there as well) or via Amazon.

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Rev. Kemmyo Taira Sato has provided us with a comprehensive approach to the Tannisho which has not only been a major text for Jodo Shinshu Pure land faith, but also a classic of Japanese literature. He draws on his association with Dr. D.T. Suzuki as well as his personal religious experience to interpret the subtle nuances of the writing. The Tannisho is a text with great appeal to modern people beyond the Hongwanji institution but also outside of Japan with its focus on personal faith and the significant role of the relationship of the teacher and disciple in spiritual development. The author sets the text on the background of Pure Land Buddhist history in Japan. Rev. Sato has contributed greatly to the further clarification of what is distinctive about Shinran's faith, as a modern faith with its potentiality to liberate the ego from its entanglements with the modern world, as well as presenting the faith as universal and open to all. --Dr. Alfred Bloom, Professor Emeritus, University of Hawaii
All beings since their first aspiration till the attainment of Buddhahood are sheltered under the guardianship of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas who, responding to the requirements of the occasion, transform themselves and assume the actual forms of personality.

Thus for the sake of all beings Buddhas and Bodhisattvas become sometimes their parents, sometimes their wives and children, sometimes their kinsmen, sometimes their servants, sometimes their friends, sometimes their enemies, sometimes reveal themselves as devas or in some other forms.


- Ashvaghosa, The Awakening of Faith

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Re: Great Living

Postby Mr. G » Wed Jan 04, 2012 3:24 pm

I enjoyed this book as well.
    How foolish you are,
    grasping the letter of the text and ignoring its intention!
    - Vasubandhu
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