Speech by Nepalese on his "conversion" to Shin Buddhism

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Speech by Nepalese on his "conversion" to Shin Buddhism

Post by Dodatsu » Fri Jun 04, 2010 2:18 pm

A You-tube video of Rev Sonam Wangdi Bhutia's speech at the Buddhist Churches of America's 750th Memorial of Shinran Shonin in February.


A humorous "testimony" on his conversion to Shin Buddhism.

Contemplating the power of Tathagata's Primal Vow,
One sees that no foolish being who encounters it passes by in vain.
When a person single-heartedly practices the saying of the Name alone,
It brings quickly to fullness and perfection [in that person] the great treasure ocean of true and real virtues.
- Shinran Shonin

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Re: Speech by Nepalese on his "conversion" to Shin Buddhism

Post by Namu Butsu » Tue Jun 08, 2010 1:49 pm

This was great. I was excited when I first saw it on FB. Its good to see a Nepalese jodo shinshu branch :)
"Just say the nembutsu and be liberated" Shinran Shonin
"However hard it may be to bid farewell to this world, when the conditions that bind us to this saha [samsara] realm run out, we are powerless to do anything as the final hour arrives and we are swept away to that Land." -A Record in Lament of Divergences

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Re: Speech by Nepalese on his "conversion" to Shin Buddhism

Post by Astus » Tue Jun 08, 2010 2:16 pm

It is fascinating to see how someone who spent many years as a Himalayan monk finds the Primal Vow to be the way to enlightenment. Although I've heard somewhere before that the Japanese have great interest in Tibet.
1 Myriad dharmas are only mind.
Mind is unobtainable.
What is there to seek?

2 If the Buddha-Nature is seen,
there will be no seeing of a nature in any thing.

3 Neither cultivation nor seated meditation —
this is the pure Chan of Tathagata.

4 With sudden enlightenment to Tathagata Chan,
the six paramitas and myriad means
are complete within that essence.

1 Huangbo, T2012Ap381c1 2 Nirvana Sutra, T374p521b3; tr. Yamamoto 3 Mazu, X1321p3b23; tr. J. Jia 4 Yongjia, T2014p395c14; tr. from "The Sword of Wisdom"

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