Jeaunice Tribue Burnette

  • I’ve been thinking for a while now, and I am starting to see that I was rigid in my thinking.  It doesn’t have to be black or white.  We can learn and grow from studying the BuddhaDharma, as expressed through the various sects. I am primarily a Pureland Buddhist, but I’ve decided to have an open heart. Thank you Wayne and Satya for this engaging d…[Read more]

  • Amida’s Light has dispelled the fear of hell that has plagued me for most of my life. Practicing nien fo throughout the day has helped me to develop an awareness of Amida Buddha’s presence.  Each moment I walk with Amida.   Holding on to the nembutsu allows me to cope with my bipolar depression.

    By practicing Pureland Buddhism, I see Amida as th…[Read more]

  • You know honestly, I hadn’t given deeper thought in what the nembutsu meant to me until I read Satya’s post. So thank you Satya for sharing D.T. Suzuki’s insights.   Personally, I can say that mostly I do the second and third way of chanting.   I definitely identify with the third calling out to Amida (as if needing help from a parent). In the pas…[Read more]

  • Hello everyone! I’ve been MIA for the last few months. I was having a bit of a spiritual crisis, but I now understand that this virtual temple is truly wonderful. I live in area that does not have many Buddhist groups. It is rather isolating and lonely. So I really treasure all of you. Even though we are scattered across the globe we are…[Read more]

  • Jeaunice Tribue Burnette posted a new activity comment 4 months ago

    Thanks for the support Kaspa!!!

  • In my journey of the one million nembutsu: As of November 24th, I have chanted 59, 516 nembutsu. I know that is a rather small number, but I am trying to balance my chanting to maintain my mental stability. I don’t want to overdo it. But still, does anyone have any suggestions about how to incorporate more nembutsu throughout the day? I am open…[Read more]

    • Hi Jeaunice. I’m not the best person to answer this as have never been a big numbers nembutsu person! I know Dayamay and Rev Ananda have done lots and lots… I like to do them whilst driving and first thing in the morning…

  • I have started the Introduction to Pure Land Buddhism course this week. It is everything I hoped it would be. The first lesson has inspired me to check out a copy of the Dharmapada from my local public library. This is so awesome.

  • Like Siani, I suffer with terrible nightmares. Reading about her way of chanting nembutsu after a bad nightmare, gave me hope. I started relying on Amida whenever I am afraid, and particularly when I have panic attacks or night mares. I just wanted to say thank you Siani.

  • Reading about your experience of faith was uplifting. I don’t mean to sound corny, but my heart soared to read about your growing connection with Amida Buddha. My faith started when I was young as a schoolgirl. I felt safe and basked in the light of Amida. His infinite love guided me. Meanwhile, I researched different faiths. It was only as an…[Read more]

  • I had a quiet holiday with my mom. We simply stayed home and watched Christmas movies on t.v. I hope everyone has a fantastic time in the coming year. May all your new years’ resolutions and wishes come true. As for my practice: I did the follow -up course to the 30 days of nembutsu course. I enjoyed the reflection questions. I have been working…[Read more]

  • Here’s the poem I composed about Amida Buddha. I hope you enjoy it.

    By His Light

    By: Jeaunice T. Burnette

    Through the wheel of birth and death
    we flounder in sorrow and agony,
    set adrift in a whirlwind of despair.
    But Amida’s infinite light shines upon us
    embracing us with great care.
    By his light we are saved.
    Amitabha’s warmth is calling out…[Read more]

  • Jeaunice Tribue Burnette posted a new activity comment 5 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hi Clare,

    Thank you so much for sharing that wonderful poem. Within its brevity was so much passion and vivid imagery. Also I appreciate that you shared your experience of the Pure Land course. I am interested in starting the course, and always wondered what it entailed. I love to write poetry, too. I will post a poem in the coming week.

    Namo…[Read more]

    • Hi Jeaunice,
      Thanks for your comments. They gave me such confidence which I lack at times. Plus, the Pure Land course is very worth while to do. It helps me maintain my connection with Amida and with the community as not near to the temple. Plus theres contact with a tutor. You can take it at your own pace which is good for me as I suffer with…[Read more]

  • Since November 24th I have embarked upon the recitation of one million nembutsu. I try to carry my mala beads with me during the day to chant a little here and there. I feel that this practice is keeping me rooted in reciting nembutsu every day. I am taking it a day at a time, and I am making sure not to overwhelm myself. I still do silent…[Read more]

  • Ananda, Thank you so much for this pilgrimage of one million nembutsu! This is truly inspiring.  Namo Amida Bu!

  • Hey Kaspa ,  I finally read the entire post from the beginning. It would be like me to only read part and start asking questions. Still I am slightly confused. I get that the Buddha has three bodies now, but with Dharmakaya you said that all Buddhas are both born from Dharmakaya and Dharmakaya at the same time. You used a great analogy with the…[Read more]

  • Hello Kaspa!

    I read your post about Sambogakaya and Dharmakaya. I have a limited understanding of the Buddha. Could you explain what the Nirmanakaya and Trikaya are? What do all these aspects of the Buddha mean? Thanks.  Namo Amida Bu.

  • Jeaunice Tribue Burnette posted a new activity comment 5 months, 3 weeks ago

    It warms the heart to hear that you had a great time hosting Dharmavidya. I am glad his talk was well received!

  • I practiced SGI Nichiren Buddhism for four years.  It stressed the exclusivity of attaining enlightenment by chanting Nam myoho renge kyo, so I don’t understand how one can practice both.  Nichiren wrote a number of Gosho (The Writings of Nichiren Daishonin) that condemned the Pure Land. (Yeah I know it sounds funny: I learn from Christianity a…[Read more]

  • I am nearing the end of my 30 days of nembutsu course. This has been an awarding experience. I feel like my practice has expanded. I’ve discovered new aspects to Pure land practice that I wasn’t aware of before now. I am doing silent sitting more.  I have started doing the prostrations to Amida. Above all, I am more flexible about my nembutsu…[Read more]

  • I just want to thank Richard for his thought provoking post about loving Amida and Jesus. I am like you Xavier, I’ve struggled with my beliefs between Pure land and Christianity. I find it refreshing that one can love both Jesus and Amida–making ‘just loving’ their core practice. I no longer feel torn. I guess I always thought you had to believe…[Read more]

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