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« on: May 10, 2015, 03:33:51 am »
Shinjin is the essence of Amitabha Buddhism. There is a close connection to Christianity. But the concept is difficult to grasp. What is Shinjin for you?

In "Rennyo - The Second Founder of Shin Buddhism" by Minor L. Rogers and Ann T. Rogers "says Honnyo Shonin's" letter of decision ": "The meaning of" faith "[Shinjin] is that we simply let go of the spirit of self-force and turn to Amida Tathagata steadfast and with one-directional hearts to save us with the birth in the Pure Land. "

I'm trying to translate these idea into my system of thought. Shinjin then is the practice of non-practicing. It is similar to the way of the evangelical Christians who just pray and leave the rest to God. Practicing the non-practicing one could call the practice of egolessness. In the Enlightenment the ego is dissolved. We live in the unit and it all happens by itself. This setting can also practiced specifically. That seems for me to be the way of the Jodo Shinshu.

This approach is apparently opposite to the way of the Buddha. Buddha taught a conscious effort and to practice single-minded. This is my way of priority. But sometimes it is also right for me to release my own will and simply faith in the salvation of my enlightened masters (God, Buddha Amitabha). My way is to feel what is just right for me in every moment.

Takamaro_Shigaraki (1926 - 2014) was a Japanese Buddhist philosopher. Shigaraki is widely regarded as one of the most influential Buddhologists of the Jōdo Shinshū in the 20th century. Shigaraki centers the Shin Buddhism to the question of enlightenment. We should develop faith in the Buddha Amitabha and so let us develop through his power to enlightenment. The aim of the Shin Buddhists is to develop Shinjin, confidence in the Buddha Amitabha. Shigaraki understood here Shinjin as the experience of clarity of mind. I would call this awakening (satori), an important step on the path to full enlightenment. In contrast, the question of life after death is meaningless to Shigaraki. Similarly, the question of paradise after death. Shigaraki tends to be an atheistic Buddhist, who is oriented on the state of knowledge of modern science.

(Buddhist community Jodo Shinshu Germany (quote))
“Shin Buddhism belongs to the large direction of Mahayana Buddhism which was developed about 200 years after the death of Buddha. In the teachings of Shinran, trust in Buddha Amida is the main focus. The Nembutsu means “to bring Buddha to mind, or to think of Buddha.” Shinran taught that we only need to trust in Buddha or Nembutsu to be freed. The rebirth in the Pure Land of Buddha Amida means to reach complete enlightenment or to come to the realm where one can reach enlightenment without obstacles. One could also say that the Pure Land of a Buddha is the energy field of a Buddha. Some people imagine it is a real place that geographically exists. In fact, the Pure Land is more a state of consciousness that can also be experienced in this life.

The action Buddha Amida takes to free others is considered “other power” in Shin-Buddhism. The goal is to become more and more aware of the power of Buddha and to trust more in him and to let one’s own personality be more influenced by him. Shinjin means faith, trust. Shinjin can also be expressed as a sudden, deep, spiritual experience that is connected with the speaking of the Nembutsu. The reaching of the Shinshin is the goal of the Nembutsu way. Certain Shinjin isn’t enlightenment, rather a guarantee for a future enlightenment. We know that we will become a Buddha at some point. That gives certainty and confidence to face one’s daily life.

Shin Buddhism is a tradition of Mahayana. That means that Shin Buddhists assume that reaching the level of Bodhisattva or Buddha they will also go back to the realm of suffering to help others be freed of suffering. Shinran also said that people who have heard of Shin Buddhism and are longing for freedom, will develop the need to do good for others and to avoid doing harm. Those who take the Nembutsu way and have experienced Shinjin do good for the sake of it. Buddha Amitabha works through them to fulfill the oath to help others.”

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