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Offline Dharmakara

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Re: Western Amitabha Buddhism
« Reply #15 on: July 16, 2015, 08:19:33 am »
Hi Cobbler.

I hope my comment wasn't taken the wrong way, especially if it gave the impression that I was criticizing the Pure Land tradition for being sectarian in some way or another, as this wasn't the case --- in other words, my comment (and criticism) was specific to the very idea that Shinran never intended to establish his own school of Buddhism, when this was without doubt the end result of his intention to establish a new expression of Buddhist practice that was unique to his own understanding of the Dharma.

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Re: Western Amitabha Buddhism
« Reply #16 on: July 16, 2015, 08:22:01 am »
No, it wasn't, thanks.

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Re: Western Amitabha Buddhism
« Reply #17 on: July 16, 2015, 09:06:52 am »
What happened is that, after Shinran's death, a new sect of Buddhism was built around his teachings:

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The founder of our sect is Shinran Shonin (1173-1263). Shinran was born May 21, 1173 and died on January 16, 1263. Shinran never intended to found a new sect of Buddhism, yet through his life and writings he profoundly influenced many individuals, who wanted to follow his teachings.
http://www.slbuddhist.org/bca-history.html


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Shinran never intended to start a religion. He humbly taught the Nembutsu teaching to anyone who had receptive Karma. The Buddhist organization was started by Shinan’s daughter Kukshini. Jodo Shin Shu has flourished around the world...

It is utterly unthinkable that among the followers of single-hearted nembutsu practice there are arguments about “my disciples” and “other’s disciples.”
As for myself, Shinran, I do not have a single disciple. If I could make others say the nembutsu through my own devices, they would be my disciples. But how arrogant it is to claim as disciples those who live the nembutsu through the sole working of Amida’s compassion.
https://ichinyo.wordpress.com/2015/06/01/grim-reminders/


I'm sorry for being unclear earlier.
« Last Edit: July 16, 2015, 09:10:20 am by Namaste253 »

 


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