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by steveb1
Tue Oct 20, 2020 6:56 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: COVID - Where are we now? Where are we going?
Replies: 28
Views: 1627

Re: COVID - Where are we now? Where are we going?

I don't want to wander too far from the thread's main concern, but I find myself even more worried about the US's immediate political future than I am about the pandemic. I fear the period between election day and government transition day. If the incumbent refuses to leave the Oval Office in the ev...
by steveb1
Fri Oct 09, 2020 6:24 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Eastern Enlightenment Vs. Western Psychopathology
Replies: 30
Views: 1152

Re: Eastern Enlightenment Vs. Western Psychopathology

Well, my wholly amateurish reply would be to invoke the cliche that it is neither the mind nor the ego that "gets enlightened". That is, the emergence of Bodhi cannot be identified with, or reduced to, mere psychology. This is why I tend to be mistrustful of views that attempt to explain the Uncond...
by steveb1
Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:11 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Amidaji and Rev. Cirlea going independent
Replies: 25
Views: 1430

Re: Amidaji and Rev. Cirlea going independent

... Coming late here (as is my not-so-venerable habit) ... but I would like to recommend Rev Cirlea's book, The Meaning of Faith and Nembutsu in Jodo Shinshu Buddhism . The book is honestly self-revelatory of Cirlea's true views, which he expresses directly, and more indirectly through his teaching ...
by steveb1
Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: Academic Discussion
Topic: Eastern Enlightenment Vs. Western Psychopathology
Replies: 30
Views: 1152

Re: Eastern Enlightenment Vs. Western Psychopathology

Well, my wholly amateurish reply would be to invoke the cliche that it is neither the mind nor the ego that "gets enlightened". That is, the emergence of Bodhi cannot be identified with, or reduced to, mere psychology. This is why I tend to be mistrustful of views that attempt to explain the Uncondi...
by steveb1
Sat Sep 19, 2020 8:24 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Ageism or common sense?
Replies: 42
Views: 1383

Re: Ageism or common sense?

In religious or secular or political leadership, age per se is no more the issue than is gender, gender identity, race/ethnicity or any other "separator" issues. The chief point concerns the personal sharpness of the individual politician, leader, teacher, etc. There's no fool like an old fool - unl...
by steveb1
Wed Sep 09, 2020 6:03 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Shin "modernism"
Replies: 15
Views: 690

Re: Shin "modernism"

In other traditions, Amida is a Samboghakaya manifestation, as far as I understand, as in any Buddha appearing in a form, since the Dharmakaya is beyond forms, etc. In my own experience, "Shin" writers who are modernists frequently identify Shin with anything and everything besides Shin - expressin...
by steveb1
Wed Sep 09, 2020 1:02 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Shin "modernism"
Replies: 15
Views: 690

Re: Shin "modernism"

Pardon me guys, I am not a pureland or Jodo Shinshu person, but some of this second hand argument seems a little specious from a general Buddhist perspective. Don't you need to distinguish between "modernism" in Pureland, and simply an understanding of doctrine that goes beyond the relative? Sure A...
by steveb1
Tue Sep 08, 2020 10:09 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Shin "modernism"
Replies: 15
Views: 690

Re: Shin "modernism"

Having never been to a Jodo Shinshu temple (since there are none in my country), the majority of my engagement with Jodo Shinshu has been on the internet or e-books. There are no Jodo Shinshu forums (I created one but it never got off the ground), but I did participate in the True Shin Buddhism Yah...
by steveb1
Tue Sep 08, 2020 9:20 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Amidaji and Rev. Cirlea going independent
Replies: 25
Views: 1430

Re: Amidaji and Rev. Cirlea going independent

I wish him all these best with his new school. He teaches nothing but orthodox shin buddhism and has always been an outspoken critic of new age modernist mumbo jumbo interpretations. Yes, I think Rev. Cirlea would be the last one to (excuse me!) screw the doctrinal pooch as regards authentic Shin. ...
by steveb1
Tue Sep 08, 2020 9:17 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Amidaji and Rev. Cirlea going independent
Replies: 25
Views: 1430

Re: Amidaji and Rev. Cirlea going independent

I agree, that in Pure Land Buddhism, Amida Buddha was always seen as an actual Buddha and that the interpretation of him as a symbol is flawed. I have no idea why this interpretation is currently being debated in Western Pure Land Buddhism and if there is really a majority supporting this idea. How...
by steveb1
Mon Sep 07, 2020 6:50 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Amidaji and Rev. Cirlea going independent
Replies: 25
Views: 1430

Re: Amidaji and Rev. Cirlea going independent

It's the age-old issue of when reform becomes "heresy". Cirlea writes: "I and my Dharma friends at Amidaji think we need to organize ourselves separately due to the unquestioning attitude of present-day leadership of Nishi Hongwanji and Hongwanji International Center towards various wrong views and ...
by steveb1
Tue Aug 04, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Shin Music Query
Replies: 0
Views: 195

Shin Music Query

Hi, all. I came across this melody on You Tube and found it to be lovely and well-arranged. To my ear, the choir - please see link below - could have sung out with more volume and "gusto", but that's my only criticism. So I was wondering if anyone here is familiar with this hymn and might know if it...
by steveb1
Tue Jul 28, 2020 6:32 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: New Book by John Paraskevopoulos
Replies: 0
Views: 240

New Book by John Paraskevopoulos

I would like to recommend John Paraskevopoulos's new book on Shin and the Amida Dharma, titled Immeasurable Life . The book relates Shin to basic Buddhist teachings and demonstrates how it can lead adherents to the fulfillment of their original aspiration to Buddhism. Carefully avoiding the modern t...
by steveb1
Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Life of Master Shinran
Replies: 5
Views: 782

Re: Life of Master Shinran

Thanks for the video information!
:)
by steveb1
Thu May 28, 2020 1:03 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Life of Master Shinran
Replies: 5
Views: 782

Re: Life of Master Shinran

Dear Dharma Friends, Those of us who have read about Master Shinran's life story, would certainly appreciate the wonderful example set by him, in his spiritual journey of trials and tribulations, in order to receive Amida Buddha's inconceivable Gift of Shinjin in the Primal Vow. Being a householder...
by steveb1
Tue May 12, 2020 6:31 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Kiyozawa Manshi, Kaneko Daiei, Soga Ryojin
Replies: 5
Views: 779

Re: Kiyozawa Manshi, Kaneko Daiei, Soga Ryojin

Hello All, It's been a long time since I've posted on the forum, happy to be back. I've been spending a lot of time studying as well as taking the BCA Jodo Shinshu Correspondence Course, and talking to several priests and mentors and have found myself settled on the Shin path. I am wondering what t...
by steveb1
Tue May 12, 2020 1:24 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Kiyozawa Manshi, Kaneko Daiei, Soga Ryojin
Replies: 5
Views: 779

Re: Kiyozawa Manshi, Kaneko Daiei, Soga Ryojin

Hello All, It's been a long time since I've posted on the forum, happy to be back. I've been spending a lot of time studying as well as taking the BCA Jodo Shinshu Correspondence Course, and talking to several priests and mentors and have found myself settled on the Shin path. I am wondering what t...
by steveb1
Mon Apr 20, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: What to do about doubts?
Replies: 18
Views: 3548

Re: What to do about doubts?

ehhhhh Not sure what that has to do with Jodo Shinshu, which is all about receiving rock-like faith (i.e. certainty) (Replying late here) - I agree. Doubt does not figure into settled Shin at all. However, a certain kind of spiritual doubt leads up to the condition in which one may accept Shin. Shi...
by steveb1
Mon Mar 09, 2020 6:40 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: C.S. Lewis and Shin
Replies: 76
Views: 9344

Re: C.S. Lewis and Shin

The other major misinterpretation I see all the time is the idea that you attain Buddhahood immediately upon being reborn in the Pure Land. There is another Pure Land practitioner I know of who is fond of quoting materials from Jōdo Shinshū websites offering general catecheses of teachings from tha...
by steveb1
Mon Feb 17, 2020 11:39 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Praise for Dave Kruemcke
Replies: 7
Views: 2395

Re: Praise for Dave Kruemcke

hng1388 wrote: Mon Feb 17, 2020 7:06 am Hi, Steve,

Dave Kruemcke has change his site name to Shaku Joshin here:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwn045 ... 8HRoMFzTkA

Namo Amida Butsu

Gassho
Heng
Heng! Thank you very much for this "vital data"! Most kind of you, and I appreciate it.
:)

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