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by steveb1
Mon Feb 17, 2020 11:39 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Praise for Dave Kruemcke
Replies: 7
Views: 834

Re: Praise for Dave Kruemcke

hng1388 wrote:
Mon Feb 17, 2020 7:06 am
Hi, Steve,

Dave Kruemcke has change his site name to Shaku Joshin here:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwn045 ... 8HRoMFzTkA

Namo Amida Butsu

Gassho
Heng
Heng! Thank you very much for this "vital data"! Most kind of you, and I appreciate it.
:)
by steveb1
Mon Feb 17, 2020 3:24 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Praise for Dave Kruemcke
Replies: 7
Views: 834

Re: Praise for Dave Kruemcke

For Jodo Shinshu adherents, I would like to recommend Dave Kruemcke and his You Tube channel. Dave is a forthright Shin Buddhist whose videos are incisive and frequently salty in expression, especially when he outlines his somewhat horrendous past family-and-living experiences, and the understandab...
by steveb1
Tue Feb 11, 2020 5:00 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Why Jodo Shin Shu (Shinran) and Not Jodo Shu (Honen)?
Replies: 7
Views: 811

Re: Why Jodo Shin Shu (Shinran) and Not Jodo Shu (Honen)?

AJP wrote:
Tue Feb 11, 2020 3:30 am
Nembutsu is Amitabha's Mind taking form in this world
Nicely said.
by steveb1
Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:41 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Why Jodo Shin Shu (Shinran) and Not Jodo Shu (Honen)?
Replies: 7
Views: 811

Re: Why Jodo Shin Shu (Shinran) and Not Jodo Shu (Honen)?

A very nice essay from November edition of Lion's Roar on Jodo Shin su. The point that really resonates with me, is the 'gratefulness' perspective; that our practice is an expression of gratitude, rather than seeking for something that we lack. :namaste: Well said. Nembutsu recitation is not medita...
by steveb1
Thu Jan 30, 2020 5:00 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: What to do about doubts?
Replies: 16
Views: 1603

Re: What to do about doubts?

What to do about doubt? What to do about certainty... ehhhhh Not sure what that has to do with Jodo Shinshu, which is all about receiving rock-like faith (i.e. certainty) (Replying late here) - I agree. Doubt does not figure into settled Shin at all. However, a certain kind of spiritual doubt leads...
by steveb1
Wed Jan 29, 2020 2:17 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Which school...?
Replies: 18
Views: 1677

Re: Which school...?

Thanks, Steve! Thanks, Myoan! Sorry for the late reply. I'm reading some Shin Buddhism texts. When you singlemindedly recite Amida’s Name, Avalokiteshvara and Mahasthamaprapta will always follow you and protect you, just as shadows follow objects. They are like your close friends and teachers. (Kyo...
by steveb1
Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:05 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?
Replies: 187
Views: 4658

Re: Does Buddhism Require You To Be a Liberal?

From the reading I've done and the few practicing Buddhists I know, I would gather that Buddhism leans to the right socially/politically, but online I see a lot 'hate' toward conservative points of view. Does Buddhism require you to be a liberal? Thanks As a Jodo Shinshu/Shin Buddhist, I do not fee...
by steveb1
Tue Dec 17, 2019 2:08 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Why Jodo Shin Shu (Shinran) and Not Jodo Shu (Honen)?
Replies: 7
Views: 811

Re: Why Jodo Shin Shu (Shinran) and Not Jodo Shu (Honen)?

For me as a Shin Buddhist, i take the view that Shinran developed Honen's reliance upon Amida Buddha to its ultimate flowering in utter dependence on the Buddha for all things spiritual, especially for salvation in this samsaric/saha realm and full Buddhahood in the Pure Land. If memory serves, Shin...
by steveb1
Wed Dec 11, 2019 4:18 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: C.S. Lewis and Shin
Replies: 54
Views: 2972

Re: C.S. Lewis and Shin

Yes, good points. Shin and Pauline Christianity do claim to rely solely on Other Power (although Paul wavers on this in some texts, saying things like we will be rewarded for good deeds). It does seem to me that the Pauline system is a bit more complex than Shin, inasmuch as Paul's requires belief ...
by steveb1
Sun Nov 10, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: C.S. Lewis and Shin
Replies: 54
Views: 2972

Re: C.S. Lewis and Shin

I just think that's fantastic. You've found a path and a home and you have a marvelous Dharma friend and teacher in John Paraskevopoulos, plus the advantage of seeing him personally. He writes the most amazing books and articles and has very sound pastoral advice for seekers. For me, as well, Shin p...
by steveb1
Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: C.S. Lewis and Shin
Replies: 54
Views: 2972

Re: C.S. Lewis and Shin

I'm glad that "faith-only" is working for you! I have an acquaintanceship with John Paraskevopoulos - in my view he's the very best.

:)
by steveb1
Mon Oct 28, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: What to do about doubts?
Replies: 16
Views: 1603

Re: What to do about doubts?

This question was asked to me on my youtube channel: What to do about doubts. I can't shake doubt. I made two video responses.... would love to get people's feedback if I answered this well. What to do about doubt? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlOyTUqlJOk I can't shake doubt. https://www.youtube...
by steveb1
Mon Oct 21, 2019 5:34 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Hi, my name is ____ and I'm a stumbling, bumbling idiot (Bombu)
Replies: 12
Views: 1009

Re: Hi, my name is ____ and I'm a stumbling, bumbling idiot (Bombu)

...and thank you for your kind words. We finally come to the place where (to borrow Christian phrasing) we simply "let go and let Amida". :) [/quote] Reflecting on that, this came to me: It is written Jesus said, "Of myself, I can do nothing." And But by the Grace of Amida, go I. [/quote] As beauti...
by steveb1
Sat Oct 19, 2019 11:00 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Hi, my name is ____ and I'm a stumbling, bumbling idiot (Bombu)
Replies: 12
Views: 1009

Re: Hi, my name is ____ and I'm a stumbling, bumbling idiot (Bombu)

hmmmm hadn't thought of that. I tend to be on the arrogant side.... and I am to the point where it is a life or death endeavor for me to stay mindful of my Bombu-hood and hence need for Amida. You know, I think all we Shin people are in this position. Our ego-based mode tends to enforce our false c...
by steveb1
Sat Oct 19, 2019 4:13 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Hi, my name is ____ and I'm a stumbling, bumbling idiot (Bombu)
Replies: 12
Views: 1009

Re: Hi, my name is ____ and I'm a stumbling, bumbling idiot (Bombu)

I don't like dwelling too much on my bombu nature, because that itself can turn into false piety, that I am holier-than-thou in seeing my fallen nature better than you. I don't see myself as particularly more foolish or ignorant or sinful than the average person. hmmmm hadn't thought of that. I ten...
by steveb1
Mon Oct 14, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Praise for Dave Kruemcke
Replies: 7
Views: 834

Re: Praise for Dave Kruemcke

Hi Dharma Friends, I have an article on my blog regarding Dave Kruemcke published in Dec.2015 under the category 'Pundarikas' - Amazing journeys to receive Shinjin. You can read it here: https://callofboundlesscompassion.wordpress.com/2015/12/05/pundarika-david-kruemcke/ Namo Amida Butsu, Gassho, H...
by steveb1
Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:10 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mind transcends death
Replies: 41
Views: 1950

Re: Mind transcends death

haha wrote:
Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:40 am
My understanding is that continuity of mind is sustained or caused by "one thing" That is called nutriment. Cessation nutriment is cessation of mind.

The Four Nutriments of Life
Thanks for your comment and the link!
by steveb1
Mon Oct 07, 2019 2:03 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Praise for Dave Kruemcke
Replies: 7
Views: 834

Re: Praise for Dave Kruemcke

I second this. In my studies of Pure Land Buddhism, I came across his videos and absolutely adore what he has to say, how he presents the Pure Land path, his experiences of it, and just how REAL he is as he talks. I have been subscribed to his channel for quite some time, and just watched his most ...
by steveb1
Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:15 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mind transcends death
Replies: 41
Views: 1950

Re: Mind transcends death

how does a Buddhist or anyone else who holds this view defend it against materialist-reductionist neuroscientists and philosophers? "‘The soul is the same as the body’—I have left undeclared. ‘The soul is one thing and the body another’—I have left undeclared." ( Cūḷamālukyasutta , cf. Aggivacchasu...
by steveb1
Mon Oct 07, 2019 12:13 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mind transcends death
Replies: 41
Views: 1950

Re: Mind transcends death

.... Scientists will be the first to state that they really do not know how the relationship between the physical brain and the experience ("mind") of the brain's activity occurs. You can map out where various neurons are firing here and there that are experienced, but not what experiences those sp...

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