Any questions?

This topic contains 7 replies, has 4 voices, and was last updated by  Rev. Satya Robyn (temple host) 4 days, 14 hours ago.

  • Author
    Posts
  • #2219

    Here’s where you can post any questions about technique, practicalities, or the philosophy and theology that the nembutsu is embedded in.

  • #2319

    This morning in the practice, I was aware of countless Buddhas throughout the universe chanting the Name. I felt carried by the sound, although it was silent. Later, it seemed like a key, thrown into the mental cell of my afflictions. Later, a wave of negative emotion obliterated the memory for a time. It is extraordinary that this piece of metal and plastic on which I type, and its connections via electricity and servers, cooled in the Scandinavian breeze, framed a return to the Nembutsu for me. Finding faith that many voices chant the Name away from this screen has not happened so well for me today. I was trying to formulate a question from this material but find none. Namo Amida Bu!

  • #3122

    Hi!

    Is it okay to perform silent sitting while reciting the Name in my mind, or is that too much like self-power and meditation? At what point do you truly realize that you are saved by Amida Buddha, and am I completely lost if I don’t have profound faith?

  • #3125

    Johnathan Robertson
    Participant

    Hello Jeaunice,

    Silent nembutsu is quite a common practice among many pureland Buddhists I know and would not be a self-power practice. I do it from time to time when I want to practice quietly. It is said that Honen would say the nembutsu in his mind when he ate or talked to people. Personally, I don’t go that far but silent nembutsu is a very good practice, nevertheless. It is quite natural to do as, in my experience, the nembutsu pops up in my mind without my intention to say it.

    Namo Amida Bu!

     

  • #3127

    Hello Jeaunice,

    I’m a bit of a universalist. Here’s a song I wrote:

     

    The moon’s radiance somehow says, Amen, Amida.

    Caught in the moon’s radiance,

    All beings somehow call back, Amen, Amida.

     

    Andrew

    • #3132

      Hello Andrew!

      Thank you for sharing that wonderful song.  It had such vivid imagery. It truly captured the saving grace of Other power. I appreciated it. I have a question for you. I see you included Amen and Amida in the song. Is it possible to believe in God and be embraced by Amida Buddha?

      The only reason I ask, is that I am a bit universalist myself. While I practice my Pure Land faith at home and during my daily life, I also occasionally attend an Episcopal Church to celebrate the Great Mystery that some call God and for me is Amida Buddha. I offer my worship at the Episcopal Church as an offering to Amida.  I grew up in the Christian tradition, but I am not much for the hellfire and brimstone interpretation of Christianity. The experience did generate in me a spirit of devotion, so when I found Pure Land Buddhism I was simply thrilled.  I know that my practice of nembutsu and attending a Christian church may be unorthodox to some, but I have always believed that there is something to learn from all the major world religions.  I believe there is Truth in each one. I am not one for exclusivity. Still my Pure Land faith and taking refuge in the Buddha comes first.

      What are your thoughts on the subject?

  • #3152

    Hello Jeaunice,

    I have been part of many religious practices in my life: Methodism, Quakerism, Tibetan Buddhism, Tri Ratna Buddhism, Soto Zen Buddhism, Pureland Buddhism. I have had for me profound experiences in all of them. I don’t want to deny any of these experiences as they are a part of me, nor do I want to reattribute them to whatever my focus is at the moment – I don’t want to disrespect my child-self by saying, ‘that wasn’t God, that was the Buddha’. When it comes to absolute reality, I have no idea. I try to do my best and honour my intuition, instincts and personal spirituality. If at the end of this I end up in hell – well I will know I was true to myself, and I’m not sure what else I can be. Namo Amida Bu

  • #3155

    Beautifully put Andrew. I feel very grateful to be in this ‘broad church’ – it’s not common!

You must be logged in to reply to this topic.

Skip to toolbar