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Offline LordAmitabhaDevotee

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Becoming a Pure Land Buddhist
« on: September 03, 2016, 02:29:12 pm »
Hello ! I am 19 years old from a Romanian/Greek Background. I was born christian and i was shia muslim for 2 years. Now after exploring the Dharma i decided to turn towards Hinduism/Buddhism. I didnt become hinduism because i do not agree with the caste system and the treatment of woman. But Buddhism really struck me because i always was an impulsive person so when i started studying the Buddhist teachings it really touched me . Now i want to learn more about Pure Land Buddhism and Lord Amitabha. I am wondering is it necessary to be formally initiated into Buddhism to be one. Or only to have faith in Lord Amitabha and recite his Name ? . Thank you ! Om Amitabha Hrih !

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Re: Becoming a Pure Land Buddhist
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2017, 12:02:45 pm »
LordAmitabhaDevotee,

It is not about you having faith in Amida Buddha.
It is about Total Reliance(Shinjin) on the Vow of Amida Buddha.
The Vow is the Name.
The Name is Amida Buddha.
Total Reliance is,
"I take Refuge in The Buddha of Infinite Light and Life"
Namo Amida Butsu

No matter how good or how bad, there is only reliance on the Name.
Nothing else you do. If you think there is something you need to do to "earn" the graces of Amida Buddha,
It is not Shinjin.
You can call Shinjin, "faith". However, it is not your faith that saves you.
It is the Faith of the Tathagata Amitabha Buddha that saves you.
That Faith is the Vow, that is the Name, that is Amida Butsu.

 


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