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by doublerepukken
Thu Dec 13, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Amida's death?
Replies: 11
Views: 256

Re: Amida's death?

OK, I understand this, but does that mean that not all of Amidas vows are fulfilled?? The 13th specifically says his lifespan will be never ending...
by doublerepukken
Wed Dec 12, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Amida's death?
Replies: 11
Views: 256

Re: Amida's death?

I see. I guess my question is, though Amida will go into parinirvana, does the Vow still work throughout all time (even after Amida's parinirvana)? If so, why?
by doublerepukken
Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Honen or Shinran?
Replies: 15
Views: 675

Re: Honen or Shinran?

As a Shin practitioner, I feel that the biggest difference is that Shinran encourages one to do lots of investigation called 'deep listening' (reading the sutras, asking questions to clear up doubts etc.) to receive genuine faith (like a gift from Amida), while Honen's approach was to say the nembut...
by doublerepukken
Wed Dec 12, 2018 8:45 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Amida's death?
Replies: 11
Views: 256

Amida's death?

Hey everybody! Been a LONG time since I posted, I've been moving around quite a bit as well as reading a lot of Dharma and am currently writing this from Vietnam! Good to be back and I hope to interact more now that I am more well-versed in Pure Land =) I had a question for you all, I recently heard...
by doublerepukken
Fri Mar 09, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Gratitude
Replies: 17
Views: 823

Re: Gratitude

Empty Desire, Thanks for that, friend. I am assuming now, you do have Faith and it gives me hope that I can receive that from Amida. I honestly want genuine faith more than anything else in the world. I want to know that my birth is settled, that great burden lifted. I am coming to the realization t...
by doublerepukken
Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:41 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Gratitude
Replies: 17
Views: 823

Re: Gratitude

Monlam, Thanks for your reply, the comment you posted by Honen/Shinran really resonated with what I'm feeling. I have been reading a lot about shinjin, and felt that maybe it was my lack of gratitude that was holding me back from receiving it, but as you just demonstrated, it seems like Shinran felt...
by doublerepukken
Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Gratitude
Replies: 17
Views: 823

Gratitude

Hey all, I am having trouble feeling gratitude, it's really a life long problem. My parents used to chastise me for being ungrateful, I think it's a part of my extreme selfishness. As per master Shinran, he says we should say the nembutsu in gratitude for what Amida has done for us. I believe Amida ...
by doublerepukken
Tue Mar 06, 2018 2:44 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Real Vs. Unreal
Replies: 10
Views: 984

Re: Real Vs. Unreal

'Calculation' to me is somewhat confusing; in my understanding, it consists of performing any of the self-power practices for either attaining birth or liberation, or thinking that there is anything we ourselves can do for our own liberation. Does it also apply to saying what we should and should n...
by doublerepukken
Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:00 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Real Vs. Unreal
Replies: 10
Views: 984

Re: Real Vs. Unreal

Sounds like whoever you're talking with can't defend their views so they vilify people who disagree with them. This modern idea that there's no such thing as Amida and it's just a keyword for something inside ourselves is very modern and has nothing to do with classical teachings in Chan. The idea ...
by doublerepukken
Mon Mar 05, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Disability
Replies: 7
Views: 613

Re: Disability

thanks for the replies everyone, I hadn't considered the whole issue of karma, and being born in a position not be able to hear the Dharma. These comments really cleared this up for me. I appreciate everyone helping me out, this forum has been an ENORMOUS resource for helping me figure this stuff ou...
by doublerepukken
Mon Mar 05, 2018 11:49 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Real Vs. Unreal
Replies: 10
Views: 984

Real Vs. Unreal

Hello All! Sorry for so many questions, lol, I am in between jobs and as such am dedicating my time to studying more in depthly and many questions are arising lol. a person I have dharma discussions with keeps telling me that essentially any 'calculation' is not consistent with the Middle Way, its a...
by doublerepukken
Sun Mar 04, 2018 6:31 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Disability
Replies: 7
Views: 613

Disability

Hello All! I have a question involving disability and its relationship to PL. In Honen/Shinran's writings in particular I see the PL gate as being mentioned as the gate for everyone, but while contemplating this, I started to ask 'what about the disabled?' In their time I am sure there were people b...
by doublerepukken
Sun Mar 04, 2018 6:26 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Homosexuality
Replies: 46
Views: 2567

Re: Homosexuality

Well, for laypeople sexuality and sexual misconduct are not really the same. That is, laypeople are not expected to abandon all forms of sensuality so we have the Precepts to refrain from overtly harmful actions instead. Some people interpret sexual misconduct as covering homosexuality. I personall...
by doublerepukken
Wed Feb 28, 2018 1:02 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Homosexuality
Replies: 46
Views: 2567

Re: Homosexuality

Outside of Pureland though, does the Buddha teach that you must become a man before reaching Buddhahood?
by doublerepukken
Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:54 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Homosexuality
Replies: 46
Views: 2567

Re: Homosexuality

I guess I'm ok with seeing this as cultural tampering entering the Buddha Dharma, because otherwise I can't seem to make sense of it in my mind. Its the same thing with the Larger sutra that says women must become men first to enter Sukhavati; while we're here is there any scholarship on that line ...
by doublerepukken
Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:37 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Homosexuality
Replies: 46
Views: 2567

Re: Homosexuality

I guess I'm ok with seeing this as cultural tampering entering the Buddha Dharma, because otherwise I can't seem to make sense of it in my mind. Its the same thing with the Larger sutra that says women must become men first to enter Sukhavati; while we're here is there any scholarship on that line a...
by doublerepukken
Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:11 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Homosexuality
Replies: 46
Views: 2567

Re: Homosexuality

Hey all, While reading, I came across this quotation which was stated as the words of the Buddha:  "Likewise, endless varieties of punishments in a future life are described for the wrong deed of sexual intercourse between two men.  The one who commits misconduct with boys sees boys being swept awa...
by doublerepukken
Tue Feb 27, 2018 11:36 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Homosexuality
Replies: 46
Views: 2567

Homosexuality

Hey all, While reading, I came across this quotation which was stated as the words of the Buddha:  "Likewise, endless varieties of punishments in a future life are described for the wrong deed of sexual intercourse between two men.  The one who commits misconduct with boys sees boys being swept away...
by doublerepukken
Thu Feb 22, 2018 11:49 pm
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Nembutsu in Prison
Replies: 3
Views: 401

Nembutsu in Prison

Hey Everyone, about a week ago now I think, I went to jail in Thailand for a visa issue that was not my fault; my employer failed to secure me a work permit in time and I was arrested for working without one. I was sent to the IDC (Immigration Detention Center) in Bangkok and I experienced some pret...
by doublerepukken
Tue Jan 30, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Pure Land
Topic: Jodo Shu vs. Jodo Shinshu
Replies: 5
Views: 740

Re: Jodo Shu vs. Jodo Shinshu

The divisions seem mostly modern. That said some differences do seem to exist, mostly in emphasis. Honen stressed the threefold devotional heart like Shandao, Shinran stressed shinjin. Honen stressed process like taking our karma along to the Pure Land, Shinran stressed result like non-retrogressio...

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