That's great advice, Galen, bows to you and Prof. Matsunaga.
From: Galen Gorelangton <monto48@...
Sent: Tue, 25 Oct 2005 14:17:35 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [shinlist] Re: Losing my Religion?
My name is Galen, and this is the first poste I am sending on
this group, which I have recently joined. I have been reading through
the chain entitled "Losing my Religion?" and cannot help but think of a
few things. First, a few simple words by the Temple Master of my dojo,
Professor Matsunaga; once, during a dharma-talk, he stated very matter
of factly, somthing to the effect of;
"If you want to believe that Amida is an actual person that lives in
a place called the Pureland, that is ok; if you want to believe that
Amida is your idealized self, and the Pureland is this absolute moment,
that is ok too."
It is just that simple, at least in his mind. The truth of the
matter, I think, is that we truely are foolish being that realy have
no clue as to the matter of these things, or even any method for
judging truth objectively. We are rather helpless things, we humans.
Which of us can truely claim to know whether or not there is a land so
many kalpas to west, or for that matter, what the true intent of the
writers of the sutras was?