@satyarobynactive 4 days, 7 hours ago
I enjoyed reading this. Good to hear that both Honen & Dogen both believed in practice. The nembutsu is compassion itself, since we don’t all have the same opportunity to practice as we should. Namo Amida Bu.
Today we went with Gayre and his son Nuri, visiting us from Australia, to see the Birnam Oak https://www.visitscotland.com/info/towns-villages/the-birnam-oak-p255851
The incense offering made by the cook in our temples, when the food is cooked and ready to be taken out and served:
We dedicate the merit
Of this incense offering
To the Guardian of Fire
Lord of the kitchen
That he may protect the Buddha Way
And set our minds at ease
May all the Buddhas bless this food
To nourish the…[Read more]
Just as a flash of lightning illuminates the darkness of a cloudy night, so too, because of the Buddha, does the worldly mind turn for an instant to meritorious thought…Lama Marut – translating from The Guide
Getting On with One Another
I have a vision of a world in which there is no war and yet neither are there the causes of war which normally seem to mount whenever there is peace. Peace is not just the absence of armed conflict. For this vision to have any chance of realisation, it behoves as many of us as possible to re-examine…[Read more]
Acharya Sujatin (temple host) started the topic Some Distinctive Features of Amida-shu Pureland Buddhism in the forum Dharmavidya's Teachings 4 years, 1 month ago
Q: How is Amida-Shu different from typical Western Buddhism?
A: In many ways. The emphasis on other power, on the bombu paradigm, and on the Pure Land all come immediately to mind. Our perception of Buddhism as religion and willingness to deal with questions of faith, grace, salvation and prayer also marks a difference of style.
Q: How do you…[Read more]
QUESTION: Does the common Theravada and Tibetan Mahayana teaching of three levels of suffering, briefly:
suffering of suffering (Pali dukkha-dukkha) — obvious physical and mental pain and our emotional reactions to it
suffering of change (vipariṇāma-dukkha) — the suffering implicit in pleasant experience because of its transience and our desir…[Read more]