A Wonderful New Shin Book

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steveb1
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A Wonderful New Shin Book

Post by steveb1 » Sat Aug 13, 2016 11:12 pm

For any and all interested: Shin pastor and Buddhist scholar John Paraskevopoulos has just published a fantastic new book on Shin and Amida Buddha:

https://www.amazon.com/Unhindered-Path- ... dered+path

Paraskevopoulos carefully marshals evidence from a variety of sources - some scholarly, some poetic, some from personal testimony (including his own material) - that delineates how Shin practice immerses the adherent in a kind of "transformative, transfiguring Transcendent" - a kind of Buddhistic "panentheism" (of course, without the theism - perhaps "panendharmism" might be a better term). He makes a good case for modern acceptance of core Shin claims and for Nembutsu practice, and explains that no modern person, even though steeped in Western-style materialism, reductionism, and cynicism about spiritual things, should feel any "back-off", shame, or embarrassment about accepting and acting upon Shin's transcendental claims. The author's sources and his own writings (both scholarly and pastoral) are simply too good to ignore. Even long-time Shin practicers will probably be stunned and refreshed by the epic range of descriptive data in this compact book; and even unbelievers and Buddhists in the various "self-power" schools will find themselves intrigued as well as challenged.

If you're looking to read a sharp and remarkably pragmatic exploration of Shin's meaning for today's world, do yourself a favor and read this book - I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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Re: A Wonderful New Shin Book

Post by Yuren » Sat Aug 13, 2016 11:27 pm

Ordered it a week ago! Can't wait to read it.

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Re: A Wonderful New Shin Book

Post by Mr. G » Sat Aug 13, 2016 11:35 pm

Yes, it was a nice read. All his books are good. His second one "The Fragrance of Light" is a collection of Pure Land quotes and stories...a nice read as well.
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Re: A Wonderful New Shin Book

Post by steveb1 » Sat Aug 13, 2016 11:50 pm

Thanks, Yuren and Mr. G - it's definitely a great book - I'm happy that you guys appreciate the author and his other works.

:)

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Re: A Wonderful New Shin Book

Post by steveb1 » Sun Aug 14, 2016 1:43 am

EDIT: [Changed a couple of words for clarity]

For any and all interested: Shin pastor and Buddhist scholar John Paraskevopoulos has just published a fantastic new book on Shin and Amida Buddha:

https://www.amazon.com/Unhindered-Path- ... dered+path

Paraskevopoulos carefully marshals evidence from a variety of sources - some scholarly, some poetic, some from personal testimony (including his own material) - that delineates how Shin practice immerses the adherent in a kind of "transformative, transfiguring Transcendent" - a kind of Buddhistic "panentheism" (of course, without the theism - perhaps "panendharmism" might be a better term). He makes a good case for modern acceptance of core Shin claims and for Nembutsu practice, and explains that no modern person, even though steeped in Western-style materialism, reductionism, and cynicism about spiritual things, should feel any sense of backing away from or embarrassment about accepting and acting upon Shin's transcendental claims. The author's sources and his own writings (both scholarly and pastoral) are simply too good to ignore. Even long-time Shin practicers will probably be stunned and refreshed by the epic range of descriptive data in this compact book; and even unbelievers and Buddhists in the various "self-power" schools will find themselves intrigued as well as challenged.

If you're looking to read a sharp and remarkably pragmatic exploration of Shin's meaning for today's world, do yourself a favor and read this book - I cannot recommend it highly enough.

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Re: A Wonderful New Shin Book

Post by shaunc » Thu Aug 18, 2016 7:37 am

Thanks. I just ordered it.

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Re: A Wonderful New Shin Book

Post by steveb1 » Fri Aug 19, 2016 11:25 pm

You're very welcome. I think you'll really enjoy it.

:)

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Re: A Wonderful New Shin Book

Post by byrneklay » Sun Aug 21, 2016 2:12 am

I really like this book. Thanks for the recommendation!

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Re: A Wonderful New Shin Book

Post by steveb1 » Tue Aug 23, 2016 10:13 pm

berneklay, you're very welcome. It's a truly great and meaningful read!

:)

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