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by Shinjin
Tue Oct 25, 2022 12:28 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Amida in the causal stage - always Amida?
Replies: 3
Views: 124

Re: Amida in the causal stage - always Amida?

How else could he practice perfectly from the start? Was Dharmakara a projection of the Dharma-body into the world of sentient beings? Yes, this is exactly how we view it in Shin. All buddhas are manifestations of the Dharma-body. The bottom up perspective is important as well. Some people don't li...
by Shinjin
Sun Sep 25, 2022 7:24 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: How can I avoid bad karma? Is karma important in Jodo Shin Shu?
Replies: 11
Views: 281

Re: How can I avoid bad karma? Is karma important in Jodo Shin Shu?

Question: “Why does Jodo Shinshu deny and discourage the observance of Buddhist precepts? Can I observe precepts and be a Shinshu follower? Why it is said in Jodo Shinshu that “there are no precepts”? Answer: In Jodo Shinshu we do not deny nor discourage anybody to try to observe precepts. We are no...
by Shinjin
Sat Sep 24, 2022 3:48 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Do actual Buddhist monks ever crave sex?
Replies: 27
Views: 937

Re: Do actual Buddhist monks ever crave sex?

all the time. monk life is tough.
by Shinjin
Thu Sep 22, 2022 7:17 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: Dharmic job/career ideas?
Replies: 14
Views: 503

Re: Dharmic job/career ideas?

"A lay follower should not engage in five types of business. Which five? Business in weapons, business in human beings, business in meat, business in intoxicants, and business in poison."

Everything else is okay.
by Shinjin
Sat Sep 17, 2022 6:00 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Why aren’t there discussions about Zen vs. Pure Land?
Replies: 45
Views: 1729

Re: Why aren’t there discussions about Zen vs. Pure Land?

Chan vs Pure land? Well the most popular argument I have seen the Chan people rise is along the line of "Whats with the need to pray for rebirth into Amitabha's pure land when you can simply train to view Saha world as the Pure land? " Of course this does not dent the Pure landers' faith ...
by Shinjin
Fri Sep 02, 2022 4:41 pm
Forum: Tibetan Buddhism
Topic: When you practice generosity with a group, what kind of merit do you accumulate?
Replies: 25
Views: 900

Re: When you practice generosity with a group, what kind of merit do you accumulate?

The karma chapter of the kosha, which uses the example of a single soldier in a group of 100 hundred soldiers. If only one soldier of that group kills an enemy, but all belong to that unit and all approve, that action is multiplied by 100 for each member of that unit. Just to clarify, do you mean, ...
by Shinjin
Mon Aug 29, 2022 2:53 pm
Forum: Dying and Death
Topic: How are you preparing for death?
Replies: 99
Views: 3143

Re: How are you preparing for death?

Nembutsu and daily remembrance of Primal Vow.
by Shinjin
Sun Aug 14, 2022 10:17 am
Forum: Media
Topic: Rushdie.
Replies: 6
Views: 385

Re: Rushdie.

It took 30 years for the idiots to get to him and they still couldn't get the job done. May he make a swift recovery.
by Shinjin
Sat Aug 13, 2022 7:38 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: I have some confusion regarding this tradition, and have questions.
Replies: 35
Views: 1312

Re: I have some confusion regarding this tradition, and have questions.

"There was a Chan [monk] who asked, “All dharmas are like a dream. The Sahā world is definitely a dream; the Pure Land is also a dream. Since they are both equally dreams, then what is the benefit in practising [Pure Land]?” I said, “Not so. Prior to the seventh [bodhisattva] ground, one practi...
by Shinjin
Sat Aug 13, 2022 7:09 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: I have some confusion regarding this tradition, and have questions.
Replies: 35
Views: 1312

Re: I have some confusion regarding this tradition, and have questions.

Appreciate the suggestions! I've actually found both FGS and a Tendai organization in my state, but they are both quite far. I will try to get there ASAP. Up till this point, I have been practicing and learning from the local Dharma Drum organization, which has also been enjoyable. From Master Shen...
by Shinjin
Fri Aug 12, 2022 9:34 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: I have some confusion regarding this tradition, and have questions.
Replies: 35
Views: 1312

Re: I have some confusion regarding this tradition, and have questions.

fo guang shan if hybrid practice is what you're into. they have lots of locations in the usa.
by Shinjin
Thu Aug 11, 2022 9:38 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: I have some confusion regarding this tradition, and have questions.
Replies: 35
Views: 1312

Re: I have some confusion regarding this tradition, and have questions.

Konchog Thogme Jampa wrote: Thu Aug 11, 2022 8:59 pm Then on the other hand Shinran said
Just recite the name so as to be born in the Pure Land
So might as well open the dharma door wide for everyone as is the intent of the Vow

:quoteunquote:
The deep listening aspect is important to clarify doubts and become established in faith.
by Shinjin
Thu Aug 11, 2022 8:31 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: I have some confusion regarding this tradition, and have questions.
Replies: 35
Views: 1312

Re: I have some confusion regarding this tradition, and have questions.

Not everyone is ready for the 18th Vow all of the time, that’s why there’s the other Vows like the 19th and 20th which is the working of Great Compassion Vow Power :sage: Indeed. Shinran's teachings aren't easy to grasp for many western converts to Buddhism. 19th and 20th vows are fantastic too. Ye...
by Shinjin
Thu Aug 11, 2022 7:05 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: I have some confusion regarding this tradition, and have questions.
Replies: 35
Views: 1312

Re: I have some confusion regarding this tradition, and have questions.

According to Shinran mixing Nembutsu with other buddhist practices will result in birth in the borderland where you will have to remain for 500 years before being allowed in the Pure Land. On the other hand exclusive focus on the Nembutsu, the 18th Vow and abandonment of self powered buddhist pract...
by Shinjin
Thu Aug 11, 2022 5:18 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: I have some confusion regarding this tradition, and have questions.
Replies: 35
Views: 1312

Re: I have some confusion regarding this tradition, and have questions.

According to Shinran mixing Nembutsu with other buddhist practices will result in birth in the borderland where you will have to remain for 500 years before being allowed in the Pure Land. On the other hand exclusive focus on the Nembutsu, the 18th Vow and abandonment of self powered buddhist practi...
by Shinjin
Tue Aug 09, 2022 6:51 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: List of DJKRs delusions (participatory thread)
Replies: 9
Views: 475

Re: List of DJKRs delusions (participatory thread)

DJKR is awesome. May he have a long life and continue to preach Dharma.
by Shinjin
Sat Jul 09, 2022 5:31 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Buddhism Atheist?
Replies: 84
Views: 2138

Re: Is Buddhism Atheist?

To be an atheist is to not just reject the existence of a creator deity, but all deities. Including other beliefs such as karma an rebirth that can't be scientifically proven. Buddhism doesn't fit that description at all unless we are talking about secular Buddhism. This is simply not the case. I a...
by Shinjin
Sat Jul 09, 2022 12:02 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Buddhism Atheist?
Replies: 84
Views: 2138

Re: Is Buddhism Atheist?

To be an atheist is to not just reject the existence of a creator deity, but all deities. Including other beliefs such as karma an rebirth that can't be scientifically proven. Buddhism doesn't fit that description at all unless we are talking about secular Buddhism.
by Shinjin
Fri Jul 08, 2022 10:07 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Is Buddhism Atheist?
Replies: 84
Views: 2138

Re: Is Buddhism Atheist?

Amitabha does not wash away your misdeeds for you, you still have to remove your own negative traces of affliction and karma. Depends on who you ask. Shinran says buddhahood is automatic upon birth in the pure land for those who are firmly established in shinjin. And this shinjin isn't something th...

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