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by steveb1
Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:18 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: C.S. Lewis and Shin
Replies: 15
Views: 173

Re: C.S. Lewis and Shin

Good observations. Yes, we don't want to push the similarities of Shin and Christianity too far, or we falsify both of them. A common embrace of "perfect faith" in opposition to "salvation by works" seems to be the greatest similarity between both systems. Both Christians and "Shinners" rely on a s...
by steveb1
Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: C.S. Lewis and Shin
Replies: 15
Views: 173

Re: C.S. Lewis and Shin

I practice faith based buddhism and can only say that my environment, mind didn't have direct access to buddha in a significant way I could discern a path. There was no real clear representation. Having an object of devotion (in any flavor of tradition) that is refuge in buddha even if it is extern...
by steveb1
Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:00 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: C.S. Lewis and Shin
Replies: 15
Views: 173

Re: C.S. Lewis and Shin

Hey everyone, C.S. Lewis is a pretty interesting character and IMO a rather important figure in the development of Lay theology in the church of England from which he hailed along with American evangelicalism. Everyone today in the western Christian world wants to claim him for there own, the refor...
by steveb1
Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: C.S. Lewis and Shin
Replies: 15
Views: 173

Re: C.S. Lewis and Shin

I practice faith based buddhism and can only say that my environment, mind didn't have direct access to buddha in a significant way I could discern a path. There was no real clear representation. Having an object of devotion (in any flavor of tradition) that is refuge in buddha even if it is extern...
by steveb1
Wed Sep 18, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: C.S. Lewis and Shin
Replies: 15
Views: 173

Re: C.S. Lewis and Shin

Right. While we are earthly bombus, we see a dualism between bombu and Buddha. When we enter the Pure Land we realize that we are Buddha. At that point, Amitabha Buddha is no longer "the pioneer and perfector of our faith" (to borrow from St. Paul), but our brother and our "self".
by steveb1
Wed Sep 18, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: C.S. Lewis and Shin
Replies: 15
Views: 173

Re: C.S. Lewis and Shin

Thanks for your kind words. Yes, I think od the difference between self power and Amida's Other Power as beingan absolutely real dichotomy. My own experience of Shinjin - perfect Buddha-mediated faith - is that I am unable to procure Bodhi for myself - not through effort, meditation, concentration, ...
by steveb1
Wed Sep 18, 2019 4:51 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: C.S. Lewis and Shin
Replies: 15
Views: 173

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 i...
by steveb1
Tue Sep 17, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: C.S. Lewis and Shin
Replies: 15
Views: 173

C.S. Lewis and Shin

C.S. Lewis, Christian essayist, novelist, and apologist frequently raises questions that tend to make his readers consider the possibility of a moral universe. Other than a Buddhistic assent to an indifferent process of moral cause-and-effect termed “Karma”, generally, I personally don’t view the un...
by steveb1
Mon Sep 16, 2019 4:41 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Book Review and Recommendation
Replies: 0
Views: 51

Book Review and Recommendation

I would like to recommend an excellent book about the conversion of Shinran Shonin, the initiator of what would become the Jodo Shinshu or Shin Buddhist school: Shinran’s Conversion in the Light of Paul’s Conversion , by Sadami Takayama, a member of Missionaries of the Sacred Heart and teacher in th...
by steveb1
Thu Sep 05, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Simple Salvation in Amida Buddha
Replies: 0
Views: 88

Simple Salvation in Amida Buddha

Shin Buddhism posits that there is nothing we can do to attain Bodhi in this life. It does not deny that some few who are on the "difficult path of the Sages" may sometimes achieve Enlightenment here-and-now, but it generally asserts that, because we are now living in the Mappo Age of Dharma Decline...
by steveb1
Thu Sep 05, 2019 5:43 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Hi, my name is ____ and I'm a stumbling, bumbling idiot (Bombu)
Replies: 5
Views: 416

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. Yeah, that's a funny bit of human p...
by steveb1
Thu Sep 05, 2019 5:41 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Hi, my name is ____ and I'm a stumbling, bumbling idiot (Bombu)
Replies: 5
Views: 416

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

I'm truly grateful for Amida Dharma for when i was truly lost a hand of compassion was outstretched to me. I spent years wondering through different religions relying on extreme ascetic practices, and book learning that only engorged my ego. Beaten and tired like a whimpering dog all i wanted to do...
by steveb1
Thu Sep 05, 2019 5:38 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Hi, my name is ____ and I'm a stumbling, bumbling idiot (Bombu)
Replies: 5
Views: 416

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

So grateful for this forum, and so grateful for this Dharma path, which not only teaches me to embrace my idiocy, but that BECAUSE of my idiocy that I will be saved! Because of my failures, both in life and in my quest for enlightenment, I am getting humbled. Because of Shinran's teachings, I can "...
by steveb1
Wed Sep 04, 2019 2:28 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: How did you come to Jodo Shin Shu?
Replies: 4
Views: 97

Re: How did you come to Jodo Shin Shu?

its Np, im glad to share. Maybe someone who is going through what we went through will come across this page and it will be a help to them. May all beings share in the merits of Amida Buddha, awaken bodhicitta, and be born in the western pure land of peace and bliss. Yes it would be nice if our exp...
by steveb1
Tue Sep 03, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: How did you come to Jodo Shin Shu?
Replies: 4
Views: 97

Re: How did you come to Jodo Shin Shu?

MM, thanks very much for sharing so much of your personal journey. Contrasted to your path, I've had it easy. My leaving Catholicism after 12 years of Catholic education and intense personal interest in the sacraments and doctrines was very "natural" - I just fell out of it like a ripe apple falls f...
by steveb1
Tue Sep 03, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Scientific Evidence of Higher Realms?
Replies: 25
Views: 621

Re: Scientific Evidence of Higher Realms?

Is there scientific evidence of higher realms, above our plane of physical existence? For example, while there doesn't seem to be half-humanoid, half-reptilian creatures on this planet, is it scientifically possible that there's a naga realm? Science only deals with material objects and processes. ...
by steveb1
Tue Sep 03, 2019 7:34 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: America is hooked on violence
Replies: 22
Views: 529

Re: America is hooked on violence

Worth a read: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/09/02/marianne-williamson-us-needs-department-peace/ I don't believe that America, alone among the nations, is "hooked" on violence. As a wealthy Western country, it's hooked on different forms of instant gratification and status-display, b...
by steveb1
Tue Sep 03, 2019 7:21 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: How did you come to Jodo Shin Shu?
Replies: 4
Views: 97

How did you come to Jodo Shin Shu?

For me it was the culmination of a long journey into comparative religious studies. My first 28 years were spent as a cradle Catholic. My comparative studies gradually led me away from Catholicism and Christianity and these included critical New Testament studies, mysticism eastern and western, Jung...
by steveb1
Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Which school...?
Replies: 16
Views: 565

Re: Which school...?

My own school is that of Shinran and Rennyo - Jodo Shinshu/Shin. Of all the Pure Land schools I've been exposed to, I found that this particular sect fit me like a glove, and I converted to it after a long period of searching. Its main tenet is expressed in-and-as total reliance on Amitabha/Amida Bu...
by steveb1
Wed Jul 03, 2019 7:19 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Stepping Down
Replies: 15
Views: 807

Re: Stepping Down

This may or may not come as a surprise, but I've decided to step down and leave DharmaWheel. I'll still be running the Pure Land subreddit, but I'll be deactivating my account here. It's been a pleasure discussing Pure Land with you all and I wish you folks the best. Thanks for all you've done and ...

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