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by steveb1
Sun Nov 10, 2019 9:32 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: C.S. Lewis and Shin
Replies: 51
Views: 1636

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: 51
Views: 1636

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: 15
Views: 800

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: 738

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: 738

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: 738

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: 4
Views: 437

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: 1367

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: 4
Views: 437

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: 1367

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: 1367

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...
by steveb1
Sun Oct 06, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: Praise for Dave Kruemcke
Replies: 4
Views: 437

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 understandabl...
by steveb1
Sun Oct 06, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: Mind transcends death
Replies: 41
Views: 1367

Re: Mind transcends death

Ultimately everything is by nature unborn, it does not mean that there is anything enduring from one moment to the next. The mind is quite obviously impermanent, thoughts and emotions changing all the time. The mind "transcends" death, the demise of the body, because it is not caused nor sustained ...
by steveb1
Sun Sep 22, 2019 3:13 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: C.S. Lewis and Shin
Replies: 51
Views: 1636

Re: C.S. Lewis and Shin

Interesting. Other powers! Nobody truly relies on themselves without the aid of Ancient or Past Bodhisattvas and Buddhas. Lotus Sutra! Making great personal vows is also relying on other powers! Very crucial today! Faith can be a powerful skillful means if the basis of faith and object of devotion ...
by steveb1
Sun Sep 22, 2019 2:33 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: C.S. Lewis and Shin
Replies: 51
Views: 1636

Re: C.S. Lewis and Shin

Hi everyone - I have not been participating here for some time, but this thread has drawn my attention. Since May this year I have been attending a Sunday service at Hongwanji Buddhist Mission which is Jodo Shinsu. I have read a little of the texts, including a primer on Shin from John Paraskevopou...
by steveb1
Sat Sep 21, 2019 8:50 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: C.S. Lewis and Shin
Replies: 51
Views: 1636

Re: C.S. Lewis and Shin

I want to thank everyone for the discussion, and thoughts. I'm going to bow out of the forum from now on thought. My teacher Josho Adrien Cirlea has asked me to do so, and out of deep respect I submit to his guidance as the Jodo shinshu priest I defer to on Dharma questions and teaching. Sonantashi...
by steveb1
Sat Sep 21, 2019 5:36 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: C.S. Lewis and Shin
Replies: 51
Views: 1636

Re: C.S. Lewis and Shin

Dan74 wrote:
Sat Sep 21, 2019 9:41 am
I didn't perceive any combativeness, Folks. I find the devotion of Shin practitioners, such as yourselves, truly inspirational. :bow: :bow: :bow:
Same here. This is a nice place to talk.

:)
by steveb1
Sat Sep 21, 2019 3:14 am
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: C.S. Lewis and Shin
Replies: 51
Views: 1636

Re: C.S. Lewis and Shin

Yes, we're trying to talk about the ineffable using human words. Symbolism is bound to arise as we grapple with the ultimate. Shin says that we cannot see or represent the Dharmakaya, but rely on the other two Buddha Bodies to get some idea of what Buddhas are. As I understand it, Amida gives us a "...
by steveb1
Fri Sep 20, 2019 10:43 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: C.S. Lewis and Shin
Replies: 51
Views: 1636

Re: C.S. Lewis and Shin

LastLegend wrote:
Fri Sep 20, 2019 10:39 pm
Interesting.

Other powers! Nobody truly relies on themselves without the aid of Ancient or Past Bodhisattvas and Buddhas. Lotus Sutra!

Making great personal vows is also relying on other powers! Very crucial today!
It has a parallel in nature where parts of an ecosystem rely on each other...
by steveb1
Fri Sep 20, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Jodo Shin Shu
Topic: C.S. Lewis and Shin
Replies: 51
Views: 1636

Re: C.S. Lewis and Shin

[ quote="snipped Your citation comments, "You know that in reality there is nought but the One Mind. You may choose to regard it as in you or out of you, but “in” and “out” have no ultimate significance whatever – just as you, Mr P’u, and I and Amida Buddha have no real separateness. In ordinary lif...

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