- Dear Shaku Egen,
>That being so, the whole idea of self-power becomes absurd, sinceyes! yes! YES !!!
> the saving power of Amida Buddha is already at work in us.
> To think otherwise is to block us off from that "vow power"
> and relegate us back to the cycle of birth-and-death.
- <<...Shin Buddhism. Initially it reminded me too much
of my fundamentalist Christian background (I went to Bible school
myself as someone else on this board). However, the truth of
suchness is very, very powerful. There is great faith involved in
the truth of suchness and allowing for what is to be just that...what
Thank you again.
I also reacted to the Christian flavor of some of the English terms
used in Shin Buddhism, such as "faith," "salvation," but remember
that the original Japanese terms really don't have an exact English
equivalent. "Faith" in Shin is represented by the Japanese term
"shinjin", which means "endowed trust", i.e. trust in Amida Buddha, a
trust which is 'endowed' by Amida and not through our personal "self
power." "Salvation" does not, of course, refer to a Christian style
heaven/hell duality. It really means enlightenment, realization of
"suchness" by letting our self-power calculation fall away from us
and letting the Other Power of Amida bring us to that awakened state
in the Pure Land, or nirvana. Thankfully English-speaking Shin
Buddhists use the term "Pure Land", an exact rendering of the term
"jodo", rather than "heaven"!!! Glad to see you posting here. :)
Richard St. Clair