Buddhism of the Heart: Reflections on Shin Buddhism and by Jeff Wilson (Author), Mark Unno (Foreword), Taitetsu Unno

By Jeff Wilson (Author), Mark Unno (Foreword), Taitetsu Unno (Foreword)

Jeff Wilson begun his stroll at the Buddha's direction as a Zen practitioner - taking on a practice of lively self-effort, in depth meditation, and meticulous consciousness to rectitude in each motion. yet in Jeff's case, instead of releasing him from his soreness, he stumbled on these Zen practices made him not anything wanting unbearable. And so he grew to become to Shin Buddhism - a course that's simply the preferred in Zen's fatherland of Japan yet is basically unknown within the West.

Shin emphasizes an "entrusting heart," a middle that's in a position to obtain with gratitude each second of our mistake-filled and busy lives. additionally, via strolling the Shin course, Jeff comes see that every people (himself specially integrated) are really "foolish beings," humans so choked with perpetually coming up "blind passions" and ingrained behavior that we so simply reason damage in spite of our greatest intentions. or even so, Shin holds out the tantalizing probability that, by way of actually entrusting our silly selves to the compassionate universe, we will learn how to see how this silly existence, simply because it is, is still additionally a lifetime of grace.

Buddhism of the center is a wide-ranging e-book of essays and open-hearted tales, reflections that run the gamut from intensely own to widely philosophical, introducing the reader to a extraordinary spiritual culture of compassionate attractiveness.

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It can hardly be doubted that we are so born as to be sensitive of our inner togetherness. Do we not implicitly mean this when we use the term ‘we’? ’ As long as our fellow beings are unhappy, none of us can remain aloof from them. We cannot but share the unhappiness with them. Because of the inner togetherness of man, sympathy can be awakened within us. For Kaneko, togetherness is the fulfillment of the bodhisattva ideal, which strives to create an awareness of co-identity between beings so that they will assist each other in the universal work of liberation.

Aided by the light, we navigate through our lives more smoothly, and feel thankful that we are out of the dark. This is a story that I have heard Dr. Taitetsu Unno use to show Buddhism of the Heart 17 how when we awaken to Amida’s grasp, nothing really changes— the furniture (our karmic limitations of greedy attachment, hostility, and self-centered delusion) is all still in place, but we are no longer threatened by it or curse it. ” This life becomes a good life when we realize that it is a good life, that we are given all that we need and that we are never abandoned by great compassion and wisdom.

In other words, to these travelers who risked everything to meet him and listen to the deepest truth of life, Shinran said that the nembutsu was enough. All they had to do was give up their self-attachment and everything would work out. It sounds so easy, but I’ve learned that it’s a wrenching requirement to fulfill. We have to just let whatever comes come, be it pleasure or fear— and let whatever goes go. “Please discontinue the use of all portable electronic devices”— Namu-Amida-Butsu. “Your seat cushion also acts as a flotation device”—Namu-Amida-Butsu.

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