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by PauloJ
Tue Feb 05, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: A dream
Replies: 4
Views: 158

Re: A dream

Hi, Jingang. I've also had Dharma dreams that run the gamut. I tend to remember the inspiring ones because they make me want to practice, which benefits self and others. I tend to forget other dreams, because they don't remind me to practice, so the benefit is delayed. Regarding separation from lov...
by PauloJ
Sat Feb 02, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Help with Japanese
Replies: 22
Views: 612

Re: Help with Japanese

Thanks you all for the discussion. :thumbsup:
I spend more time reading the forum than writing on it. :rolling:
by PauloJ
Mon Jan 28, 2019 3:38 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: What is auspicious sign?
Replies: 3
Views: 219

Re: What is auspicious sign?

Thank you very much for the answers. - Light emanating from the practitioner I found this sign very interesting. - Rainbows (particularly circular) Is there some reason to be particularly circular? There's the Benefits of Nembutsu thread. I'll see that thread. Thanks :smile: Namu Amida Bu
by PauloJ
Sat Jan 26, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Quotes from Pure Land Masters about non-self, impermanence and emptiness
Replies: 9
Views: 373

Re: Quotes from Pure Land Masters about non-self, impermanence and emptiness

I found that too:
"Only contemplation of emptiness and saying the nembutsu-practices I took up from time to time-have stood me in good stead for the world beyond."

-- Plain Words on the Pure Land Way, 10.
by PauloJ
Fri Jan 25, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Quotes from Pure Land Masters about non-self, impermanence and emptiness
Replies: 9
Views: 373

Quotes from Pure Land Masters about non-self, impermanence and emptiness

Have you ever thought of making a post just with quotes from Pure Land Masters about non-self, impermanence, emptiness, etc.? For example: All are ephemeral, and all momentary. There is no eternal self; the enlightened know it to be void in itself. As causes and conditions meet and part, things come...
by PauloJ
Fri Jan 25, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Help with Japanese
Replies: 22
Views: 612

Re: Help with Japanese

Thank you all. :smile:

I will begin a Japanese course and I will try to focus on reading material.
But, something is not clear: is it possible to learn to read classical Japanese and from there to get to read classical Chinese?
by PauloJ
Thu Jan 24, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: What is auspicious sign?
Replies: 3
Views: 219

What is auspicious sign?

I see dharma brothers speaking about auspicious sign. But, it is not clear what it means, at least it is not clear to me.
So I have a question:

What is auspicious sign? Are there concrete examples that I can relate to?

Tranks

:smile:
by PauloJ
Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Help with Japanese
Replies: 22
Views: 612

Re: Help with Japanese

Thanks for all the answers. I think my main focus is reading. But, as Admin_PC already said, most of the material is in Chinese. :consoling: Basically, what I would like was to master a language to read sutras or comments. Since I am a Shin practitioner -- I thought Japanese Language would be good f...
by PauloJ
Tue Jan 22, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Language
Topic: Help with Japanese
Replies: 22
Views: 612

Help with Japanese

I don't know if there is a topic like this, I could not find any.

But, I would like to start studying Japanese, focused mainly on studies to read the Japanese Sutras. I would like indications of materials and methods. :smile:
by PauloJ
Mon Jan 21, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Who was the author (or authors) of the Pure Land Sutras?
Replies: 14
Views: 364

Re: Who was the author (or authors) of the Pure Land Sutras?

Each benefit here has no precondition, only nembutsu, then the benefit appears. That's why the Shorter Amitabha Sutra says this is a very difficult Dharma to accept. This really means that it is difficult to accept - because solely the practice of nembutsu is enough to brings out that benefits? Fro...
by PauloJ
Mon Jan 21, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: How many Amida Buddhas there are?
Replies: 6
Views: 209

Re: How many Amida Buddhas there are?

From the Visualization Sūtra: The Buddha told Ānanda and Vaidehī, “After achieving this vision, one should next visualize the glory of Amitāyus Buddha’s body. Ānanda, know that Amitāyus Buddha’s body is in a billion koṭi colors of the superb gold in Yāma Heaven. That Buddha’s height measures as man...
by PauloJ
Mon Jan 21, 2019 1:16 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: How many Amida Buddhas there are?
Replies: 6
Views: 209

How many Amida Buddhas there are?

There is this verse in HYMNS ON BENEFITS IN THE PRESENT of Shinran ( http://shinranworks.com/hymns-in-japanese/hymns-of-the-pure-land/hymns-on-benefits-in-the-present/ ) : Countless Amida Buddhas reside In the light of the Buddha of Unhindered Light It really means that there is many Amida Buddhas o...
by PauloJ
Mon Jan 21, 2019 12:55 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Who was the author (or authors) of the Pure Land Sutras?
Replies: 14
Views: 364

Re: Who was the author (or authors) of the Pure Land Sutras?

Each benefit here has no precondition, only nembutsu, then the benefit appears. That's why the Shorter Amitabha Sutra says this is a very difficult Dharma to accept.
This really means that it is difficult to accept - because solely the practice of nembutsu is enough to brings out that benefits?
by PauloJ
Mon Jan 21, 2019 12:45 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Who was the author (or authors) of the Pure Land Sutras?
Replies: 14
Views: 364

Re: Who was the author (or authors) of the Pure Land Sutras?

An addendum to the above, with more information. From shinranworks.com, which is a free compendium of Shinran's writings, there are these lovely stanzas: Fifteen Hymns 96 Amida Tathagata came forth and guided beings, Teaching the “Chapter on Life-span” In the Sutra of Golden Splendor In order to en...
by PauloJ
Sun Jan 20, 2019 5:25 pm
Forum: Suggestion Box
Topic: How do I edit and create my Signature?
Replies: 14
Views: 2861

Re: How do I edit and create my Signature?

I wish I had seen this thread sooner. I spent time for the past two evenings searching for the Signature create/edit button. I looked and looked, and looked again in the User Control Panel and elsewhere. It would have been helpful if that information was noted in the FAQ “How do I add a signature t...
by PauloJ
Sun Jan 20, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Who was the author (or authors) of the Pure Land Sutras?
Replies: 14
Views: 364

Re: Who was the author (or authors) of the Pure Land Sutras?

And / or : how is the authoritative aspect of these Sutras based/established ? At first for us, through taking the Sutras at their word as words of the Buddha. Later, experience with the positive results of even thinking of Sukhavati and Amida becomes the authority. I think it's this way no matter ...
by PauloJ
Sun Jan 20, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Who was the author (or authors) of the Pure Land Sutras?
Replies: 14
Views: 364

Re: Who was the author (or authors) of the Pure Land Sutras?

It also needs to be understood that in pre—modern times, the whole concept of authority and authorship was completely different. In classical cultures, individual scribes and redactors of texts would never take credit for originating a text. The text was literally ‘the word’, whether or not us mode...
by PauloJ
Fri Jan 18, 2019 12:48 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Who was the author (or authors) of the Pure Land Sutras?
Replies: 14
Views: 364

Re: Who was the author (or authors) of the Pure Land Sutras?

Tradition would assert that the Sukhavativyuha sutras were taught by the Buddha himself, one of the rare occasions where a definitively Mahayana text isn't presented as being retrieved later. The Contemplation Sutra, imo, probably began life as a meditation manual, and was rendered into sutra-form ...
by PauloJ
Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Who was the author (or authors) of the Pure Land Sutras?
Replies: 14
Views: 364

Who was the author (or authors) of the Pure Land Sutras?

I don't know if anyone has ever done any topic like this, but my question is:
Who was the author (or authors) of the Pure Land Sutras? And / or : how is the authoritative aspect of these Sutras based/established?

I'm a Shin practitioner and... sometimes this question arises in my mind.

Gasshô

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