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by steveb1
Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:28 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Unkindness at dharmawheel
Replies: 104
Views: 3855

Re: Unkindness at dharmawheel

Is there any? If so, why? I suppose that, as "a Buddhist discussion forum", DW posters should _try_ to keep to some standard of compassion and openness to understanding opposing points of view. However, as another poster said, still, it's just the Internet. So I suppose a balance should be aimed fo...
by steveb1
Sat Nov 18, 2017 4:44 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Paul Roberts
Replies: 17
Views: 610

Re: Paul Roberts

I think that Paul Roberts is a genuine teacher of the Shin way. Not a cult leader. He refers everything back to Honen, Shinran and Rennyo, not to his own thinking. He doesn't invalidate Shin, but he does point out when people's words and ideas stray from "true Shin Buddhism".
by steveb1
Fri Nov 10, 2017 7:12 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Benefits of Nembutsu In This Very Life
Replies: 88
Views: 7773

Re: Benefits of Nembutsu In This Very Life

Yes, we are lucky and blessed indeed. Shinjin is a pure, unearned gift from the Other Shore.
by steveb1
Wed Oct 25, 2017 11:57 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Grievances, real and fictional
Replies: 49
Views: 1229

Re: Grievances, real and fictional

The current radical left is as much of a tyranny as the right. X2 I live in a rebel state. There's really no space for conversation. You doubt the liberals, you get fired and lose all of your friends. This is what they thought progressive means. Amen to that. The problem isn't confined to the right...
by steveb1
Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:58 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Buddhism and Power
Replies: 16
Views: 446

Re: Buddhism and Power

Just a layman's guess, but would not the Dharma's universalism mitigate against power and uneven power relationships? I just cannot associate power hierarchies and "pecking order" with any Buddhist teaching, although I cannot supply any "anti-power" citations...
by steveb1
Sat Oct 14, 2017 7:38 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Jodo Shinshu re: True Original Teaching
Replies: 10
Views: 334

Re: Jodo Shinshu re: True Original Teaching

Monlam Tharchin wrote:
Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:55 pm
No prob Steve! I only remembered it because I'd read that thread so many times :) it's a good one.
Thanks, Monlam. Glad you nipped it in the bud, though, so as not to feed a redundant post. My mind is crumbling... I'm thinking - of - a - brick wall, a brick wall...!

;)
by steveb1
Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:24 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Jodo Shinshu re: True Original Teaching
Replies: 10
Views: 334

Re: Jodo Shinshu re: True Original Teaching

Most of the basic pieces of Pure Land are there in the Agamas/Nikayas, except for Amida: - Thinking of the Buddha (Nembutsu) as the main Dharma practice for householders - Faith & last thoughts at death each leading to good destinations - Pure Abodes where practitioners can continue along the path ...
by steveb1
Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:22 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Jodo Shinshu re: True Original Teaching
Replies: 10
Views: 334

Re: Jodo Shinshu re: True Original Teaching

Hey Admin, Just wondering, do you have sources for the bullet points? Sorry, I know thats probably an arduous task lol but I am extremely curious as I have never heard of these concepts being present in any of the Pali. If not no worries, excellent posting as always I hope one day I can be as well ...
by steveb1
Fri Oct 13, 2017 6:22 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Jodo Shinshu re: True Original Teaching
Replies: 10
Views: 334

Re: Jodo Shinshu re: True Original Teaching

Steve, didn't you explore this matter thoroughly in this thread several years ago? Oh my gosh... senescence has breached the wall, but the citadel still stands. I had completely spaced it. Totally. Thanks for the reminder and the link so I can refresh my failing memory. Guess the mods can pull my O...
by steveb1
Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:36 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Jodo Shinshu re: True Original Teaching
Replies: 10
Views: 334

Jodo Shinshu re: True Original Teaching

I am a happy convert to Shin Buddhism. One issue that I am not clear on is why the original Pali texts Do not depict Shakyamuni mentioning Amida Buddha (there is of course a classic Pure Land text about a public vision on Vulture Peak that says he did); - and - Do not predict the future Buddhist sch...
by steveb1
Mon Oct 09, 2017 2:35 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: How should I deal with these insults to Buddhism?
Replies: 56
Views: 1513

Re: How should I deal with these insults to Buddhism?

I'm coming late to this discussion, OP, but one avenue for you might be to find out or ask them about how much they really know about Buddhism. If they were born into it, perhaps they were insufficiently taught or "catechized". Also you might look into some critical Biblical scholarship, not to win ...
by steveb1
Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:40 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Benefits of Nembutsu In This Very Life
Replies: 88
Views: 7773

Re: Benefits of Nembutsu In This Very Life

For me, nembutsu practice has helped me cope with a lot of negative emotions that I'm feeling. Though I still get angry, upset etc. reciting nembutsu daily has made my reactions MUCH smaller than they used to be, and I feel generally more in control of my mind. No matter what, Namu Amida Butsu calm...
by steveb1
Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:37 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Accepting Pure Land
Replies: 4
Views: 247

Re: Accepting Pure Land

doublerepukken wrote:
Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:15 pm
sorry if this post was naïve and/or improper for the forum lol... just had a sense of joy that was quite acute at the time. Namu Amida Butsu!
No worries! And thanks much for sharing your experience.
Namo Amida Butsu.
by steveb1
Tue Oct 03, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Position for nembutsu
Replies: 11
Views: 414

Re: Position for nembutsu

Hey all, Besides Gassho, is there any other required seating position, eye placement etc. for reciting nembutsu? Thank you :namaste: Ethan As others have said, there are probably many "valid" positions/postures for Nembutsu recitation. For me, comfort comes first so as to do the Nembutsu with fulle...
by steveb1
Wed Sep 06, 2017 5:03 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Benefits of Nembutsu In This Very Life
Replies: 88
Views: 7773

Re: Benefits of Nembutsu In This Very Life

Thanks for sharing that. Even though the Nembutsu brings you comfort, still I hope that at some point you can find a less awful job.

:)
by steveb1
Mon Jul 31, 2017 5:22 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How “new atheism” slid into the alt-right
Replies: 103
Views: 3484

Re: How “new atheism” slid into the alt-right

If returning to older, more pacifistic traditions will turn the Jihad tide, I'm all for it - hasten the day.

:)
by steveb1
Mon Jul 31, 2017 2:26 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: How “new atheism” slid into the alt-right
Replies: 103
Views: 3484

Re: How “new atheism” slid into the alt-right

Dharma Flower wrote: "He's saying that we're at war against international jihad, which is the drive to take over the world for Islam that has been part of Islam from the beginning. Millions of Asian Buddhists have died at the hands of Islamic conquest. Is there any Asian Muslim country that wasn't c...
by steveb1
Sat Jul 29, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Benefits of Nembutsu In This Very Life
Replies: 88
Views: 7773

Re: Benefits of Nembutsu In This Very Life

Of course Pure Land affects this life, as does the Nembutsu. It's the Raft from the Other Shore which Amida has sent to us across samsara's stormy ocean. That in itself blesses this life. Then there's Shinjin - Amida's sheer gift of true, adamantine faith - the solid rock, pillar, and cornerstone wh...
by steveb1
Sat Jul 22, 2017 2:57 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Benefits of Nembutsu In This Very Life
Replies: 88
Views: 7773

Re: Benefits of Nembutsu In This Very Life

Thanks for the J. Stone ref - I'll look her up.
:)
by steveb1
Sat Jul 22, 2017 12:32 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Benefits of Nembutsu In This Very Life
Replies: 88
Views: 7773

Re: Benefits of Nembutsu In This Very Life

Isn't that an interesting parallel between the two schools...surprising information for me - thanks.

:)