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BHAKTI

I'm posting this lovely piece with permission from Nati

TRANSLATION:

Namo Amida Bu! ... When reciting the Nembutsu I start by calling Amida with this trembling heart, as if, at some point, he had not been there.

But I had once more forgotten, as I wi

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DYING, DEATH, BARDO, BIRTH, RETURN

In response to Vajrapala’s request that I might describe the Buddhist teaching on death, here is what I have heard.  Some parts of this, through near-death experiences, samadhi, and memories of innocent childhood, I have conscious awareness of having

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FAITH IN THE MIDST OF THE FIRE

PAIN IN A BOMBU WORLD

In the on-line order meeting this past Saturday I said that in relation to the current world crisis caused by the arrival of a virus for which, as yet, we have no cure, I am a happy pessimist.  I’ll say a little more on this sub

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SAIGYO

Saigyo (1118-1190) was a wandering poet monk in Japan.  He is one of the most famous Japanese poets.  He wrote more than fifteen hundred poems, many of which became famous.  His poetry reflects his life as a rather solitary wanderer, often spending t

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CLARIFYING NEMBUTSU PRACTICE

QUESTION:  I’d like to be clear about what nembutsu practice is. It’s seems from what I can glean from your writing you are saying Amida Buddhism is the work of compassion in the world in the play of opposites. So practice begins with some kind of de

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AMIDA SHU BASIC DEFINITIONS

What are the Basic Teachings of Amida Shu Buddhism?
Added by Dharmavidya on July 19, 2008
 
Amida Shu is a form of Buddhism that affirms

- (together with all Mahayana Buddhsim) the threefold nature of Buddha (ultimate Buddha, spiritual Buddha, Buddh

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COULD THERE BE AN UPSIDE TO THE VIRUS?

Despite the grief, anxiety and disruption, there could also be an upside to the virus if it made people realise what matters and is essential and what is froth.  During lock-down, the carbon foot print will shrink.  Life becomes simpler.  Although th

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SHOCK AND GRACE

Humans press on forward.  It is like an automatic car.  The basic state of such a car is to move slowly forward.  To get it to stand still while the engine is running one actually has to apply a brake.  It will not come to a stop of its own accord. 

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UNMODERNISING BUDDHISM

BUDDHIST MODERNISM

One reads a good deal these days about Buddhist modernism.  This is a movement that began in South and South East Asia as a resistance to colonialism.  Local Buddhists wanted to present their countries as “modern” and so injected a

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NEMBUTSU WAYS

CONTINUOUS AND PERMANENT

Nem or nen means mindfulness.  It means that which occupies the mind.  We all know that our minds are occupied with all kinds of matters.  There are the practical matters of day to day life, the bigger and smaller decisions,

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I AM A RELIGIOUS BUDDHIST

A little while ago I answered a knock on my door and found myself in conversation with two Jehovah’s Witnesses.  I told them I was Buddhist.  They immediately asked if I was a religious Buddhist or a philosophical Buddhist.  I replied, without hesita

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GOOD DEEDS ATTRACT NO RETRIBUTION

A CONTROVERSIAL ESSAY

Tao Sheng (360-434) was an important figure in the history of Chinese religion. He was a younger contemporary of Kumarajiva and of Hui Yuan and he spent time with both of them as well as at his home temple further to the east. H

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FULL TEXT OF THE AMIDA KYO

The Smaller Pureland Sutra

Thus did I hear

Once the Buddha at Shravasti dwelt

In the Jeta Anathapindika garden

Together with a multitude of friars

One thousand two hundred and fifty

Who were arhats every one

As was recognised by all.

Amongst the

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THUS HAVE I HEARD

FAMOUS WORDS

Buddhist sutras generally begin with these words.  Hearing is very important in Buddhism.  In fact, the essence of Buddhism is to hear the Dharma.

These words can be taken in a simplistic way and quickly passed over or they can be refle

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EMPTINESS

In reading Buddhist and Daoist materials, a significant problem for Western readers is the fact that there is a difference of value attached to quite basic things.  Thus, in the West, full is good, empty is bad.  An optimist sees the glass as half fu

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NEMBUTSU - SIMPLE PRACTICE

The core element in Pureland Buddhist practice is nembutsu.  Nembutsu means being with the Buddha.  Buddhists “take refuge” in being with the Buddha.  It’s as simple as that.  This is why Buddhists have Buddha statues, so that they keep in mind being

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BREXIT IS UPON US

Brexit is coming.  The government have decided that the best bet for UK survival in the coming times of economic crisis will be to hang onto American coat tails rather than club together with Europeans to withstand the hurricane when it comes. 

I won

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LU SHAN HUI YUAN

Hui Yuan of Mount Lu (334-416) was a famous Chinese Buddhist monk, founder of Pureland Buddhism in China.. 3805764583?profile=RESIZE_710x

Mount Lu

Mount Lu is in the centre of China, just south of the Yangtse River, nowadays close to the city of Jiujiang.  The area is a national

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