Hi fellow Godobos in the club,
looks like i'll send out the 1st message for our e-group. Below
is "The Essentials of Jodo Shinshu", taken out from the Buddhist
Churches of Canada Jodo Shinshu Seiten (Service Book).
KYOSHO THE ESSENTIALS OF JODO SHINSHU
NAME: Jodo Shinshu Honpa Hongwanji
FOUNDER: Kenshin Daishi Shinran Shonin (1173-1162)
BUDDHA: Amida Buddha
(Buddha of Infinite Light & Life)
SUTRA: Three Principal Sutras of Jodo Shinshu:
1. Larger Sutra on the Buddha of Infinite Life (Daikyo)
2. Sutra of Meditation on the Buddha of Infinite Life (Kankyo)
3. Smaller Sutra on the Buddha of Infinite Life (Shokyo)
TEACHING: Having awakened to the compassion of Amida Buddha and
rejoicing in the assurance of Buddhahood, we shall endeavor to live
the life of gratitude and service.
TRADITION: The Honpa Hongwanji is a community of people joined
together by the gladness of receiving the Shinjin of Amida Buddha. As
Jodo Shinshu Buddhists, we shall seek to be humble and sincere in
words and in deeds, to be responsible citizens of our society and to
share with others the teachings of Jodo Shinshu. Understanding fully
the principle of causality, we shall not practice petitionary prayer
and magic, and do not depend on astrology and superstitions.