Re: New Member, Just in
- --- In email@example.com, "lotusaware"
> I am looking forward to sharing, though Iwould
> find some of the responses to question rather intimidating. I
> think that compassion for anyone who asks a question wouldresult in
> a sincere answer rather then an officious reaction. I havelearned
> that mostly people ask questions because they simply want toknow the
> answer because that is where they are at the time. It makes astep of
> some kind for them and may well be a bridge to a clearerawareness
> later.Well, keep in mind that some of this is the semi-regrettable
nature of the Internet at 'work'. Sometimes communication isn't
clear, or it gets 'colored' wrong, or the like. Plus, there's also
been a little trouble in the past few weeks here with 'trollers' out
to self-aggrandize or brew up a stink, which I think probably has
upped the snarkiness quotient more than a little.
If you have a question that really speaks to you as something
needing answering, then it's likely that it's the sort of question
that will be welcomed here. So by all means, please feel free to
ask and discuss! And sure, there will likely be strong opinions at
times, but that's something that sort of goes with the turf. Simply
look past the failings of the average people that we all are and
find the bits of gold within the rubble, to take a cue from one of
Dr. Unno's recent book titles. That's where the good stuff is.
Shaku Kyomei Hou DAC.
- Thanks all for your suggestions. Surprise the Temple I attend
suddenly began bringing in books from BCA and one of them was the
Collected Works of Shinran which I was able to purchase for $40. The
second volume is very helpful in a number of ways, including much
background material on the history of Shinran and the writings.
Volume 1 includes amazing insights especially in the "Notes on
the "Essentials of Faith Alone".
Two things I have already gleaned from the material:
1. Amida is the archetype of the Compassion of all the Buddhas who
make the Primal Vow and are manifestations of Amida, especially and
in particular Avalokitesvara and Mahathasprapta, who themselves with
Amida manifest as countless Buddhas.
2. Shinran in several places clearly identifies the "Land of Bliss",
the "Pure Land" with Nirvana, and sees the Pure Land as a place to
which one goes and from which one comes.
The implication of this is profound. When we give up "self-power"
to "Other-Power" we become the Great Compassion and enter the Vow,
thus our Going Forth from the Pure Land is now an act of Amida!
Existence moves to Nirvana in which we, just as we are, are
transformed into the Infinite Light and Life which shines in the
The discussion on "Once-Calling and Many-Calling" is also most
interesting. I am still trying to absorb that.
It is clear from these books and the supporting material that Shinran
was an amazing man who was deeply knowledgeable and studied in all
the traditions. He draws on the Seven Teachers in the lineage and we
don't see or hear enough about their contributions to the Dharma and
to Jodo Shinshu.
If one can't afford the books themselves, virtually all of Volume 1
is available at www.shinranworks.com
Also T. Unno's latest edition of the translation of the TANNISHO has
much useful material added, very worthwhile "deep reading".