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by byrneklay
Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:00 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Questions on Heart of the Shin Buddhist Path by Takamaro Shigariki
Replies: 5
Views: 928

Re: Questions on Heart of the Shin Buddhist Path by Takamaro Shigariki

If I say, "This is my hat" The sounds that come out of my mouth are not the hat I'm talking about but you'll understand me perfectly and not give a second thought to the reality pr symbolism of the words I used. The Sutras are the means which the Sangha has passed down many different teachings and m...
by byrneklay
Fri Jun 23, 2017 5:52 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: The Importance of Religious Faith
Replies: 21
Views: 2425

Re: The Importance of Religious Faith

It is not important what others believe. It's even less important what we believe. To most non-religious people logic and reason are the tools they trust. But logic and reason have hard limits. That is why I am a Buddhist. Teach the Dharma. Don't preach it.
by byrneklay
Fri Jun 23, 2017 5:47 am
Forum: Mahāyāna Buddhism
Topic: What would you say is a metaphor, and what's not in Buddhist scriptures?
Replies: 6
Views: 881

Re: What would you say is a metaphor, and what's not in Buddhist scriptures?

There is nothing
to believe
or disbelieve

If you believe the Buddha
then there is nothing to disbelieve
unless
you disbelieve the Buddha

Our minds play tricks on us
They listen to the Dharma
and try to put it into a box
that does not exist.

Listen to the Dharma.
Accept or Reject.
That's it.
by byrneklay
Tue Jan 10, 2017 1:15 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Amitabha and the Hidden History of Man
Replies: 8
Views: 1347

Re: Amitabha and the Hidden History of Man

If we try to explain these matters with this sort of rigid calculating logic we will eventually come upon a contradiction we can't rationalize our way out of. In an immeasurable universe, what we are looking for will eventually present itself if we keep going. But be careful. What we find may only b...
by byrneklay
Mon Jan 09, 2017 7:22 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Amida can use us in mysterious ways...
Replies: 5
Views: 951

Re: Amida can use us in mysterious ways...

Pretty much this whole tradition is gently correcting mistakes. It is good that we can identify mistakes. Especially when those mistakes are our own. There are many ways to understand and misunderstand Amitabha regardless of how he is presented. I had a lot of trouble with Amitabha is a real Buddha ...
by byrneklay
Mon Jan 09, 2017 1:08 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Pure Land Art Gallery
Replies: 21
Views: 9283

Re: Pure Land Art Gallery

I made this when I entered the Pure Land path.
Image
by byrneklay
Sun Aug 21, 2016 2:12 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: A Wonderful New Shin Book
Replies: 8
Views: 1767

Re: A Wonderful New Shin Book

I really like this book. Thanks for the recommendation!
by byrneklay
Tue Mar 22, 2016 2:43 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Alcohol
Replies: 41
Views: 4602

Re: Alcohol

15 years of hanging out in bars around the world as a non-drinker (traveling musician) has given me a distaste for alcohol. I've watched it destroy a lot of people over and over again. It is the only substance that is capable of killing an addict just from withdrawals. This almost happened to a good...
by byrneklay
Mon Mar 21, 2016 8:54 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Some toughts about Pure Land practice; personal experience
Replies: 24
Views: 3939

Re: Some toughts about Pure Land practice; personal experience

Nosta wrote:I am already getting it: simple meditation. Just that.

I think that meditation & Pure Land are a good combination.
Why?
by byrneklay
Mon Mar 21, 2016 6:00 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Some toughts about Pure Land practice; personal experience
Replies: 24
Views: 3939

Re: Some toughts about Pure Land practice; personal experience

Nosta wrote:Saoshun, for me its enought to rebirth on Pure Land, when I die.
Until that happens, I would like to try other practices (without leaving Pure Land!).
What are you hoping to get out of other practices that Pure Land can't do?
by byrneklay
Mon Mar 14, 2016 2:37 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism
Topic: How do you feel about Buddhists getting involved in politics?
Replies: 66
Views: 12547

Re: How do you feel about Buddhists getting involved in politics?

Buddhists should engage in politics because they are people who are effected by political decisions. Buddhism itself has nothing to do with that. Buddhism has nothing to do with liberal politics and it has nothing to do with conservative politics. As individuals we hold our convictions. I believe th...
by byrneklay
Fri Mar 11, 2016 10:55 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Introduction
Replies: 3
Views: 1223

Introduction

Hello, My name is Byrne. I live in the USA and travel around it year round for work. My interest in Buddhism began 20 years ago when I was 15, originally Zen/Chan though I've recently embraced Pure Land Buddhism, which in a roundabout way brought me back to the source I first caught a glimpse of whe...
by byrneklay
Fri Mar 11, 2016 1:28 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Why Pureland?
Replies: 45
Views: 6392

Re: Why Pureland?

A big obstacle for me and Pure Land Buddhism was that I was looking at through the filter of what it is not. It is not Christianity, for example, why get hung up on what it isn't? I've dropped that stuff off. Anyone seriously investigating the nembutsu is either wrestling with it in some way or they...

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