646Re: [shinlist] Interesting Article!
- Aug 20, 2002
>The Pure Land in the New WorldI have also noticed this pattern. The sanctimonious behavior of such
>The Dhamma Times 13th August 2002
>For 150 years, the Buddhist Churches of America (BCA) was the almost
>exclusive domain of Japanese Americans. Now, with an increasingly
>diversified membership and new publications on Pure Land teachings,
>the BCA is riding the winds of change.
>By Dr. Taitetsu Unno
>Shin Buddhism, being part of the Mahayana tradition, teaches the
>basic doctrines common to all schools, such as no-self, impermanence,
>emptiness, the Bodhisattva ideal, and so on, but it does so from the
>perspective of the lay practitioner. Appreciation of this Pure Land
>approach should minimize the self-righteous arrogance that I notice
>among some convert Caucasian Buddhists, who imitate a monastic
>discipline while maintaining a secular, lay lifestyle.
individuals is indeed a pattern of arrogance and self-contradiction.
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