The Promise of Amida Buddha

Joji Atone was born in Fukuoka, Japan, in 1951 and holds a Ph.D. from the University of WisconsinûMadison.

The Promise of Amida Buddha

Author: Joji Atone

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0861716965

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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.

The Promise of Amida Buddha

The Promise of Amida Buddha: Hōnen's Path to Bliss is the first English
translation of the Genkō edition of the works of Hōnen- shōnin composed in
Japanese. This collection, generally known as the Japanese Anthology (Wago
Tōroku), was ...

The Promise of Amida Buddha

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Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0861716930

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The Promise of Amida Buddha is the first complete English translation of a seminal collection of writings by the Japanese Pure Land school's founder, Honen-shonin (1133-1212). The so-called Japanese Anthology (Wago Toroku) collects his surviving short writings composed in Japanese, including letters of exhortation and public pronouncements. The vital writings provide a window into Honen's life and the turbulent era in which he lived and taught. Honen-shonin, who lived in Japan in the twelfth century, saw that the complexity of traditional Buddhist practices made them inaccessible to people outside the monastic elite. Drawing on the Chinese Pure Land tradition, he re-imagined Pure Land practice for Japan and ushered in a new and dynamic practice that continues in the present day. In our degenerate age, says Honen, we cannot hope to reach enlightenment via the practices employed by the Buddhist masters of old. For us there is only one avenue to liberation--rebirth in the Pure Land of Amida, from whence our progress is irreversible and our ultimate release assured. The Pure Land is a heavenly destination made manifest through the pure vow of Amida to save all beings, and we secure passage to this land in our next life through pure faith in Amida at the very moment of death. The practice of faith in Amida is performed through nembutsu, the continual recitation of the mantra Namu Amida Butsu, which bonds us to Amida and brings us into his care.

Christianity and Buddhism

On the one hand is a belief - focused Buddhism of the Pure Land ( “ Shin ” ) ,
which proclaims a salvation not by one's own powers but on the basis of belief
alone in the promise of Amida Buddha ) . On the other hand is meditation
Buddhism ...

Christianity and Buddhism

Author: Whalen Lai

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Examines the Buddhist-Christian encounter in six key regions including East Asia, India, Sri Lanka, Europe, North America, and China to indentify key areas of understanding and areas of needed dialogue. Original.

Pure Land Buddhism Shinran s Devotional Path to Enlightenment

At the heart of Shin (Pure Land) Buddhist teaching lies a vision of true reality as alive with wisdom and compassion, working to bring all beings to the highest fulfillment of human life, the attainment of Buddhahood.

Pure Land Buddhism  Shinran   s Devotional Path to Enlightenment

Author: Roy Melvyn

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 1105294463

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At the heart of Shin (Pure Land) Buddhist teaching lies a vision of true reality as alive with wisdom and compassion, working to bring all beings to the highest fulfillment of human life, the attainment of Buddhahood. Shinran teaches that this activity manifests itself as Amida Buddha, who resolved to save all beings by bringing into his Pure Land, the realm of enlightenment, all who say his Name, entrusting themselves to his Vow. He thus performed practices for long eons and fulfilled this Vow, so that his Name, Namu Amida Butsu, came to resound throughout the universe, awakening all beings to the reality of great compassion. Interestingly, in the end, Pure Land and the more traditional Zen share the primary framework of removing the individual as the central point out from which all else is referred.

Beyond Golden Clouds

翻翻,四個顯题 approach ) —can be found in the principal text of the Pure Land
sect , the forty - eight promises of Amida in ... was the persuasive emphasis on
the six - syllable nembutsu mantra , Namu Amida Butsu ( Hail the Amida Buddha
! ) ...

Beyond Golden Clouds

Author: Philip K. Hu

Publisher: Art Inst of Chicago

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Page: 216

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Folding screens, known as byôbu in Japanese, are treasures within any museum's collection and are beloved by the general public. This beautiful publication brings together the very finest screens from the world-renowned collections of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Saint Louis Art Museum. The featured works range from an extraordinary pair of landscapes by Sesson Shukei, a Zen-Buddhist monk-painter of the late 16th century, to daring contemporary works from the late 20th century. The first half of the Edo period (1615-1868) is especially well represented, with a dozen screens from the 17th century by such masters as Kano Koi and Tosa Mitsuoki. The contemporary scene is also well covered, with ten examples from the 20th century--proving the longevity of this art form and its currency among modern-day artists. Enlightening essays by important scholars in the field cover topics like the emergence of screens as an art form and a novel discussion of the relationship of Japanese screens to those made in other countries.

History of Religions

Hail Amida Buddha ! ' ' ) , which is the ... solemn promise of Amida Buddha ; and
the choice does not depend on whether we are good or bad . No , the only
question is whether a man has faith in this promise of Buddha or not . Therefore ...

History of Religions

Author: George Foot Moore

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Light of Asia

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
 ...

Light of Asia

Author: Pratapaditya Pal

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Page: 331

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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.

Thirty Years of Buddhist Studies

As a result of this Vow those who rely on Amitabha ' s “ promise " and " solemn
oath " will be reborn in the " Happy Land ” where they will receive further training
from Him . The faithful express their belief by invoking the Buddha ' s name ...

Thirty Years of Buddhist Studies

Author: Edward Conze

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European Studies on Japan

This faith consists of personal trust in the promise of salvation made by Amida
according to the ' Larger Sutra of the ... of the practising man ( i.e. of the individual
who is invoking Amida's name ) and the aspect of the involved Amida Buddha ...

European Studies on Japan

Author: Ian Hill Nish

Publisher: RoutledgeCurzon

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Experiencing Buddhism

Devotees in the Western hemisphere have also continued the tradition of
maintaining a Buddhist home altar , enshrining an image of Amida Buddha ,
sculpted or painted , most often with a calligraphic representation of “ Namu
Amida Butsu ...

Experiencing Buddhism

Author: Ruben L. F. Habito

Publisher: Faith Meets Faith

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"This book engages the reader with its story-telling style as it illustrates the principles of Buddhism with concrete examples. Paying special attention to the rise of Buddhist practice in the West, Habito introduces the novice to Buddhist experience in its historical unity and the variety of traditions that reflect its essence."--BOOK JACKET.

The Japan Foundation Newsletter

This vow expresses the promise that after death , all those who have recited the
name of Amida will be received in the Pure Land ( Jõdo ) where Amida presides
and made buddhas there . Hõnen called this kind of prayer hongan nembutsu ...

The Japan Foundation Newsletter

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Objects of Discourse

of the Buddhist vision that promises , she has strongly implied , fullness and
happiness . She has written ... vision of Amida Buddha . Amida has come through
the gate of her house and she can see him from her bedroom , a remarkable visit
.

Objects of Discourse

Author: John R. Wallace

Publisher: University of Michigan Center for

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Wallace analyzes the four main 10th- and 11th-century Heian memoirs by women for their individual characteristics and what they suggest of Heian literature more broadly. He treats the memoirists not as passive objects of men's romantic play but rather as individuals who strategically confront their difficult life situations in part by writing about their experiences. Wallace further finds in the memoirs a rich resource for understanding rhetorical and structural features of Japan's high classical period literary prose. After taking up historical issues such as the newly developed vernacular scripts and pre-texts of the memoirs, Wallace probes Gossamer Years, Lady Izumi's Story, Lady Murasaki's Journal, and The Sarashina Memoir for their stylistic aspects, rhetorical devices, Foucault's 'networks of power', and narrative structure, respectively. The result is a fascinating study of Heian women writers.

Ocean

Pure Land ( Jõdo £ ) : ( See Buddha Land . * ) Pure Land Buddhism : A branch of
the Mahayana movement that stressed compassion by offering a promise of
Buddhahood to anyone upon birth in the Pure Land * of Amitabha ( Amida * ) .

Ocean

Author: Kenneth Ken'ichi Tanaka

Publisher: Wisdomocean Publications

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Page: 272

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Turning Wheel

Shinran believed that the whole point of his existence was to let the world know
about Amida Buddha ' s promise of ... taught the masses that the Buddhist
establishment was unnecessary , and that Amida Buddha had made a great vow
to ...

Turning Wheel

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If I Should Die

This Buddhist practice of invoking a deity at the moment of death was widespread
in India in the first few centuries of the ... With this act a person invokes the power
of Amitābha ' s compassion and connects to the promise of the Pure Land .

If I Should Die

Author: Leroy S. Rouner

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"What does "death" really mean? Is there life after death? Is that idea even intelligible? This bok includes various views on these matters, from John Lachs's gentle but firm insistence that the notion of immorality is philosophically unintelligible, to Jurgen Moltmann's brave and careful examination of various arguments for what happens when we die. Other contributors search the Platonic dialogies for a metaphorical immortality which might satisfy the human longing for some meaning which does not die ..."