There is a sutra called the Parinirvana. It is concerned with the last three months of the life of the Buddha. It begins with a conversation in which the Buddha is obliquely giving advice to a politician who is considering going to war.
The first thing that we should take from this passage, therefore, is that political and religious…[Read more]
Namo Amida Bu. Good to read this Andrew as I feel I am not alone in worrying about how many things we can keep alive! I see no rain on the horizon and can’t even imagine it happening… my friend advised me to just do what I can and let go, and I’m doing that – taking water down to the crisping acer, but leaving most of the rest at the bottom of…[Read more]
Acharya Sujatin (temple host) started the topic IS IT SELFISH TO GO TO THE PURE LAND? ~ Dharmavidya in the forum Dharmavidya's Teachings 1 year, 9 months ago
An Interesting Question
The Tien Tai patriarch Chih-I (also spelt Zhiyi, 538-597), who lived a century before Shan Tao, was asked the following question. A bodhisattva is supposed to be unselfish and altruistic. Yet bodhisattvas go to the Pure Land. Is it not selfish to want to go to the Pure Land? Is this not, therefore, a…[Read more]
Some of us in this Sangha like change. Some of us prefer to keep things just as they are. Some of us love to travel and seek out adventure. Some of us love to put down roots and nurture and care for our local parish. Some of us have made a huge jump in with two feet, while others gradually took a cautious approach…[Read more]
Lovely poem Andrew. Here’s the link to that video – as a therapist I’ve laughed a lot at it!
Also this teaching of Dharmavidya’s may be relevant to this thread – especially the bit about old habits coming back to haunt us… http://www.friendsofamida.com/forums/topic/impediments-to-faith/
Commentary upon Summary of Faith and Practice (part 6)
with body, speech and mind
This phrase occurs a great many times in Buddhist texts. Clearly it means “in all ways”. “Body” refers to behaviour. The body exists in the material world and moves about doing things. It is with the body that we enact the Dharma. “Speech…[Read more]
Thank you for this lovely piece! As a Christian, I find Christianity and (Pure Land) Buddhism equally interesting and … well, mutually instructive. I learn so much about my own faith from Pure Land. And just on its own merits, Pure Land is so enriching and satisfying. If I had a statue of Amida Buddha — I have a great many Buddhas, but so…[Read more]
“Perfect faith is full of lightness and acceptance. It is softer than a cloud yet harder than a diamond. It is all of these things and changes constantly in a positive direction” ~ Kennett Roshi
Yesterday (7th Nov 2016) was the 20th anniversary of the death of Rev. Master Jiyu Kennett.
As you will probably know, Kennett Roshi was one of…[Read more]
It is difficult to be with other people’s suffering. I guess you could be faithless and suffering, or faithless and at peace.
Back before I found Buddhism, I was a self-described faithless atheist, and yet even then I found a way of being at peace in the world, and with the idea of no life after death, and so on.
I took solace in the great…[Read more]
I just realised after reading this piece, Pureland chanting is very similar to Kirtan chanting. In Kirtan they talk about ‘call and response’ which is similar to Amida Buddha calling us and our chanting being the response.
QUESTION: How can I attain the right state of mind?
SHORT ANSWER: There is no right state. The mind is a river.
LONGER ANSWER: Body is not reliable, mind is not reliable. Let body and mind ‘fall away’. So long as we are obsessively worrying about our body and mind we are slaves to chance circumstance. The body and mind mostly work fine when lef…[Read more]
We can talk about gradual cultivation and sudden enlightenment in terms of practice and experience, but we can also use these categories to understand the different ways in which the Dharma is presented. Way back in Tibetan history, for instance, there was a big debate about whether to adopt toe Chinese way of presenting the Dharma which…[Read more]
Recently in my new job as a Career Coach in secondary schools I’ve been delivering groupwork to 11/12 year olds who’ve just started “big school”. Very consciously made the sessions fun – trying to get them think that “career” is not about “jobs” but “future happiness” – what am I like, what am I good at, what do I enjoy, what will I enjoy, what…[Read more]