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  • Nichiren Buddhism seems based upon self-power – you are chanting to bring forth your Buddha nature, where Pure Land Buddhism is focused on the Other Power of Amitabha Buddha.

    Nichiren Buddhism varies across the board. For most people in the West, their experience with Nichiren Buddhism will have been through Soka Gakkai International (SGI). They…[Read more]

  • Michael replied to the topic Chinese Pureland in the forum Buddhist Q&A 1 year, 5 months ago

    It’s only in Japan that Pure Land split off into separate schools (Jodo Shu and Shinshu). In China and Korea (and presumably Vietnam as well), Pure Land Buddhism is simply incorporated into standard Buddhism (chan in China, seon in Korea, but better known by the Japanese pronuncation Zen). I think the teaching about becoming Amitabha is…[Read more]

  • As an ex-Christian who is now a Buddhist, I hope you get involved with a more liberal form of Christianity (maybe Episopalianism/Anglicanism). Conservative Christianity that says all non-Christians (and many who identify as Christians) are going to hell where they will be tortured forever. This is a horrible belief and should be rejected. They are…[Read more]

  • Hi, my name is Michael and I’m originally from New Zealand. I’m currently living in Pyeongtaek, South Korea (about 60km south of Seoul).

    I converted to Buddhism just over a year ago in New Zealand and developed a liking for the East Asian Mahayana traditions, including Pure Land Buddhism, upon visiting Japan last year.

    I moved to Korea in March…[Read more]

  • Michael became a registered member 1 year, 5 months ago