Xavier

  • Hello I am new to the form though I lurked for awhile. Read your book too and liked it a lot.

    I can understand the Trikaya, the Dharmakaya and and the Nirmanakaya, but I get tripped up on how the Sambogakaya manifests itself. I think the Dharmakaya is reasonably deductive and the Nirmanakaya is itself empirically explicit; but what of the…[Read more]

  • Namo Amida Butsu indeed

  • Thank you. This did help. I read in a Pure Land story somewhere of a practioner who brought his statue of Amida outside to enjoy the breeze; that enlightenment knows no personification or non-personification.

     

    I got this pertinent article today from Tricycle and I think the last quote is the principle Amida’s vows rest…[Read more]

  • Hello all. In the same way Pure Land mirrors Zen, I think it mirrors Christianity well, which I believe attests to Pure Lands spiritual breadth and Western/Eastern accessibility. I’ve had a very rough time in my life recently and struggled with my pure land practice. After talking to many people who are Christians I decided to give it a shot. I…[Read more]

  • Xavier replied to the topic Hello in the forum Introductions 1 year, 9 months ago

    thank you for the link! i have put my email in and look forward to practicing…this is just what i needed 🙂

  • when i chant the nembutsu or keep amida in mind a true sense of peace washes over me. but beyond these moments when i do not remember my connection with the buddha i am constantly second guessing my practice and faith. it is especially hard for me right now as i am in the midst of a depressive episode.

    a buddhist group which helped me begin my…[Read more]

  • Xavier replied to the topic Hello in the forum Introductions 1 year, 10 months ago

    I’m from Illinois.

    I appreciated my time on the other site a lot but recently they have been defensive re: my pure land practice. I assume they don’t think it’s legitimate, or an off branch of Western theism. I struggle a lot with mental illness. Sometimes I see claims you can’t practice Buddhism if you’re mentally ill. Pure land is attractive to…[Read more]

  • Xavier started the topic Hello in the forum Introductions 1 year, 10 months ago

    Hello! My name is Xavier. I am 19. I struggle with mental illness especially during this time of year. I have been into Buddhism since high school, didn’t start calling myself a Buddhist until a couple years ago, and now I find myself on the pure land path. I have been part of another buddhist forum but it was mostly tiny arguments or firing…[Read more]

  • Xavier became a registered member 1 year, 11 months ago

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