Joji Atone was born in Fukuoka, Japan, in 1951 and holds a Ph.D. from the University of WisconsinûMadison.
Author: Joji Atone
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Joji Atone was born in Fukuoka, Japan, in 1951 and holds a Ph.D. from the University of WisconsinûMadison. Since 1992, he has been the director of Bukkyo UniversityûLos Angeles Extension. Yoko Hayashi, M.Ed., is a retired educator living in Los Angeles. The daughter of a Japanese Pure Land missionary, she was born in Hawaii, where she spent her professional career.
recite nembutsu. (Joji Atone, Yoko Hayashi, trans., The Promise of Amida
Buddha: Honen's Path to Bliss [Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2011], p. 365)
Honen -541- . . . This passage means: There are some people who become
enraged upon ...
Author: Alfred Bloom
Publisher: World Wisdom, Inc
This second volume of passages gathered from the leading monks and teachers of the Pure Land, or Shin, school of Buddhist teaching focuses on religious practice. Extending from the foundational texts and first interpreters in the 4th century, to Rennyo in the 15th century, Professor Bloom’s selections trace the development of Shin Buddhist teaching from monastic visualization practices to the widely popular path to salvation through faith in, and recitation of, the name of Amida Buddha. Volume 2 features a foreword by Kenneth K. Tanaka and an introduction by renowned scholar and editor, Alfred Bloom, whose selected passages have been arranged topically for easy reference on issues of Pure Land teaching. The key interpreters featured are the Seven Great Teachers from India, China, and Japan (Nagarjuna, Vasubandhu; T’an-luan, Tao-ch’o, Shan-tao; Genshin, Honen), selected as doctrinal authorities by Shinran (1173-1263), the founder of the Japanese Pure Land sect.
... that the uttering of the nenbutsu was not an act made by the practitioners, but
an act which is given by Amida Buddha, ... rely completely on the promise of
Amida's Primal Vow, which will assure salvation to all sentient beings.62 The
Author: Elisabetta Porcu
Focusing on one of the most influential religious traditions in Japan, Pure Land Buddhism, this book offers a survey of its impact on mainstream forms of art in modern and contemporary Japan
Japanese women did not have proper names but were known by titles,
nicknames and sometimes derivatives of a husband or father's name.
ANONYMOUS. The first poem could mean: “The salvation of Buddha (or Amida)
has enraptured both ...
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
It is remarkable that any Westerner—even so fine a poet as Kenneth Rexroth—could have captured in translation so much of the subtle essence of classic Japanese poetry: the depth of controlled passion, the austere elegance of style, the compressed richness of imagery. The poems are drawn chiefly from the traditional Manyoshu, Kokinshu and Hyakunin Isshu collections, but there are also examplaes of haiku and other later forms. The sound of the Japanese texts i reproduced in Romaji script and the names of the poets in the calligraphy of Ukai Uchiyama. The translator's introduction gives us basic background on the history and nature of Japanese poetry, which is supplemented by notes on the individual poets and an extensive bibliography.
According to Buddhism, however, the two roles are connected in another way as
well. ... a pantheon of celestial bodhisattvas devoted to helping us, as well as the
promise of a Pure Land accessible to those who appeal to Amitabha Buddha.
Author: David R. Loy
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
The most essential insight that Buddhism offers is that all our individual suffering arises from three and only three sources, known in Buddhism as the three poisons: greed, ill-will, and delusion. In The Great Awakening, scholar and Zen teacher David Loy examines how these three poisons, embodied in society's institutions, lie at the root of all social maladies as well. The teachings of Buddhism present a way that the individual can counteract these to alleviate personal suffering, and in the The Great Awakening Loy boldly examines how these teachings can be applied to institutions and even whole cultures for the alleviation of suffering on a collective level. This book will help both Buddhists and non-Buddhists to realize the social importance of Buddhist teachings, while providing a theoretical framework for socially engaged members of society to apply their spiritual principles to collective social issues. The Great Awakening shows how Buddhism can help our postmodern world develop liberative possibilities otherwise obscured by the anti-religious bias of so much contemporary social theory.
The vows promise to relieve the sufferings of people and replace them with
peace and comfort. When Dharmakara fulfills and completes all the vows, he
attains Buddhahood and becomes known as Amida Buddha. The most important
Author: Taitetsu Unno
Interest in Buddhism continues to grow throughout North America, and more and more readers are moving beyond the familiar Zen and Tibetan traditions to examine other types of Buddhism. In Shin Buddhism, Taitetsu Unno explains the philosophy anc practices of "Pure Land" Buddhism, which dates back to the sixth century C.E., when Buddhism was first introduced in Japan. While Zen Buddhism flourished in remote monasteries, the Pure Land tradition was adopted by the common people. With a combination of spiritual insight and unparalled scholoarship, the author describes the literature, history, and principles of this form of Buddhism and illuminates the ways in which it embodies this religion's most basic tenet: "No human life should be wasted, abandoned, or forgotten but should be transformed into a source of vibrant life, deep wisdom, and compassionate living." As a practice that evolved to harmonize with the realities of everyday life, Shin Buddhism will be particularly attractive to contemporary Western readers.
But Master , " continued the disciple , “ is the promise of the happy region vain
talk and a myth ? ” “ What is this promise ? " asked Buddha , and the disciple
replied . “ There is in the West a Paradisian country called the Holy Land ,
Author: Shirin Fozdar
On the relationship between the Buddha and Buddhism and Bahā Ullāh, Persian religious leader and Bahaism.
Grace in Japanese Pure Land The Japanese Pure Land school of Mahayana
Buddhism contains an extraordinary example of grace outside of Christianity. ...
of the other,” which for him was Amida Buddha, who would bring to his Pure Land
all those who have faith in his power. ... If it were not for the Ark of Mercy, The
divine promise of the Infinite Wisdom, How should I cross the Ocean of Misery?3
At the ...
Author: Gerald R McDermott
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
An essential introduction to eight of the world’s major religions. Gerald R. McDermott explains what you need to understand about major world religions in order to engage people of other faiths while better understanding your own Christian faith and practice. McDermott offers an overview of the central beliefs of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, and Shinto. Each chapter includes explanations of traditions and rituals. McDermott discusses major figures within each religion. Features include: Insights from members of each religious community Glossary of important terms
Author: Colin Platt
Contemporaneous world events in the areas of politics, religion, war, expeditions, art, architecture, music, literature, technology, and people are examined from the eleventh to fifteenth centuries
nafs, soul—see mind nahdaÐsee enlightenment NaiyayikasÐ see Nyaya-
Vaisheshika nanaÐsee knowledge, jnana yoga nembutsu The utterance of the
Amida Buddha's name (namuamidabutsu=nembutsu) is supposed to result in
birth in ...
Author: Oliver Leaman
Key Concepts in Eastern Philosophy provides an extensive glossary of the main terms and concepts used in Eastern philosophy. The book includes definitions of philosophical ideas linked to the national traditions of: * Persia * India * Islamic world * China * Japan * Tibet including concepts from: * Zoroastrianism * Hinduism * Sufism * Islam * Confucianism * Shintoism * Taoism * Buddhism Each entry includes a guide for further reading and critical analysis, and is cross-referenced with associated concepts and is in easy-to-use A-Z format.
lievers , whom we have alluded to in the previous chapter : the kasiņa meditation
on the setting sun , and river , and the lapis lazuli that culminates in a vision of the
Pure Land in all its splendors and including the figure of Amida Buddha ...
Author: Yoshinori Takeuchi
Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company
Examines the Buddhist doctrines dealing with the stages of meditation and the causal chain of human existence from an existential perspective
Using a comparative approach, Takafumi (Taka) Hirose describes concepts such as universality, salvation, morality and religion, prayer, and the practices of Shin Buddhism.
Author: Takafumi Hirose
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
Buddhism in Japan was largely a religion of the aristocracy and the ruling Samurai class until Shin Buddhism was introduced to the masses by a priest named Shinran in the early thirteenth century. This form of Buddhism, also known as Jodo Shinshu, eliminates the mysticism and secrecy sometimes found in Zen and other forms of Buddhism, and focuses on the true essence of Buddha’s original teachings. An ordained Shin Buddhist head priest who taught for four decades shares his faith in Shin Buddhism: An Introduction, hoping to reach new generations of Shin Buddhists in North America and around the world. Even as they are alienated by Buddhism and what they perceive as its traditional approach, they seek answers about the universe and their place in it. Using a comparative approach, Takafumi (Taka) Hirose describes concepts such as universality, salvation, morality and religion, prayer, and the practices of Shin Buddhism. Selections from the Christian Bible, especially the Gospels, showcase the book’s theme of universality, and stories and analogies put Hirose’s teaching into context. Discussion-style summaries after chapters provide an even clearer review of Shin Buddhism’s concepts and lessons. “Experienced both as a teacher and priest, gifted with outstanding skills as a communicator and, meanwhile, faithful to the heritage of Shin Buddhism’s founder Shinran, Professor Hirose draws the reader to a vision of what is universal, as opposed to instrumental and local, in Buddhism. . . . A work with a universal appeal and relevance, appearing precisely at a time when its message needs to be heard.” —David Keen, former senior lecturer in social studies, Dunedin College of Education
This school taught that salvation could not be gained by works or prayers but only
through the mercy of Amida Buddha ( Amitabha in Sanskrit ) . Although Pure
Land Buddhism had long been known in China , certain Japanese sects went so
Author: Pratapaditya Pal
Represents the most comprehensive attempt to date to examine the image of Buddha Sakyamuni as interpreted in the various cultura and historical contexts where Buddhism has flourished.
The Promise of Progressive Religion for the Twenty-First Century John A.
Buehrens, Rebecca Ann Parker ... of the Pure Land, the home of the bodhisattvas
and the hopedfor spiritual destination of those who chant the name of Amida
Author: John Beuhrens
Publisher: Beacon Press
Hope is rising. The political tide in the United States has turned, and people across the country who have been working for years for social change and justice finally feel as though they aren't struggling alone. Yet for those who ground their social activism in progressive religious belief, it is all too easy to feel spiritually divided and isolated, daunted by the apparent dominance of religious fundamentalists in the media and politics. The impact of liberal religion is richer and more far—reaching than many know—a force for good that has inspired and supported two centuries of American social progress, from the abolition of slavery and the securing of women's rights to the present-day struggles for marriage equality, ecological responsibility, and global peace. In order to sustain our spirits and advance positive social change, progressive people need to claim the transforming power of our theological heritage. Authored by two leading progressive theologians, A House for Hope affirms that the shared hopes of religious progressives from many traditions can create a movement far stronger than fundamentalism: a liberal religious renaissance. Yet for it to flourish, progressive people must rediscover the spiritual sustenance available in the theological house our liberal forebears built, and embrace what our tradition truly holds sacred, as well as understanding what it rejects. In lively and engaging language, A House for Hope suggests that liberal religious commitment is based on expansive love for life rather than adherence to narrow dogma. With chapters that reveal the political and personal relevance of the enduring questions at the heart of this theology, A House for Hope shows how religious liberals have countered fundamentalists for generations, and provides progressives with not only a theological but also a spiritual foundation for the challenges of the twenty-first century. From the Hardcover edition.