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by steveb1
Thu Jun 25, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Life of Master Shinran
Replies: 5
Views: 484

Re: Life of Master Shinran

Thanks for the video information!
:)
by steveb1
Thu May 28, 2020 1:03 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Life of Master Shinran
Replies: 5
Views: 484

Re: Life of Master Shinran

Dear Dharma Friends, Those of us who have read about Master Shinran's life story, would certainly appreciate the wonderful example set by him, in his spiritual journey of trials and tribulations, in order to receive Amida Buddha's inconceivable Gift of Shinjin in the Primal Vow. Being a householder...
by steveb1
Tue May 12, 2020 6:31 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Kiyozawa Manshi, Kaneko Daiei, Soga Ryojin
Replies: 5
Views: 503

Re: Kiyozawa Manshi, Kaneko Daiei, Soga Ryojin

Hello All, It's been a long time since I've posted on the forum, happy to be back. I've been spending a lot of time studying as well as taking the BCA Jodo Shinshu Correspondence Course, and talking to several priests and mentors and have found myself settled on the Shin path. I am wondering what t...
by steveb1
Tue May 12, 2020 1:24 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Kiyozawa Manshi, Kaneko Daiei, Soga Ryojin
Replies: 5
Views: 503

Re: Kiyozawa Manshi, Kaneko Daiei, Soga Ryojin

Hello All, It's been a long time since I've posted on the forum, happy to be back. I've been spending a lot of time studying as well as taking the BCA Jodo Shinshu Correspondence Course, and talking to several priests and mentors and have found myself settled on the Shin path. I am wondering what t...
by steveb1
Mon Apr 20, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: What to do about doubts?
Replies: 18
Views: 2840

Re: What to do about doubts?

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 up to the condition in which one may accept Shin. Shi...
by steveb1
Mon Mar 09, 2020 6:40 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: C.S. Lewis and Shin
Replies: 76
Views: 7263

Re: C.S. Lewis and Shin

The other major misinterpretation I see all the time is the idea that you attain Buddhahood immediately upon being reborn in the Pure Land. There is another Pure Land practitioner I know of who is fond of quoting materials from Jōdo Shinshū websites offering general catecheses of teachings from tha...
by steveb1
Mon Feb 17, 2020 11:39 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Praise for Dave Kruemcke
Replies: 7
Views: 1998

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: 1998

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: 1545

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: 1545

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: 18
Views: 2840

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: 20
Views: 3172

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: 8938

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: 1545

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: 76
Views: 7263

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: 76
Views: 7263

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: 76
Views: 7263

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: 18
Views: 2840

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: 1855

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: 1855

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...

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