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  • cheewai@tm.net.my
    1 How does Shin Buddhist practises? Not even chanting and reach one pointedness of mind like the Chinese Pure Land? Please elaborate. 2. Does it mean
    Message 1 of 95 , Mar 30, 2001
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      1 How does Shin Buddhist practises? Not even chanting and reach one
      pointedness of mind like the Chinese Pure Land? Please elaborate.

      2. Does it mean Amitabha's vow is greater than Sakyamuni? His 48 vows
      was not made by Sakyamuni.
    • Robert Garvey
      Here are some comments on a message in the long-running Common Ground thread. ... Alan Watts in his book Myth and Ritual in Christianity (ISBN: 0807013757)
      Message 95 of 95 , May 16, 2003
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        Here are some comments on a message in the long-running
        Common Ground thread.

        --- In shinlist@yahoogroups.com, "Ray Shepard" <gaian41@h...> wrote:
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        > Jesus' histrocity is an excellent point to ponder and debate.

        Alan Watts in his book Myth and Ritual in Christianity
        (ISBN: 0807013757) makes a point of stating that the
        desire for facts in the story of Jesus Christ can lead
        to overlooking the truth in that story.

        > As for the symbolic language you aluded to, sacred texts
        > are replete with them -- in all traditions. If the
        > reader wishes to take them literally, that is one viable
        > possibility, at least on the surface.

        Taken too far, it could lead to absurd fundamentalism.
        An extreme example is calculating the age of Earth by
        counting the generations in the Bible then explaining
        fossils by saying that God created them in those busy
        first six days. Such people wouldn't know Ockham's
        Razor from a Gillette Blue Blade!

        Robert
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