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sujatin
Perth, Scotland
Acharya, Order of Amida Buddha: a Pureland Buddhist Order
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Saigyo and Dogen were both independent Buddhist monks. Saigyo was, perhaps, even more independent than Dogen in that he seems never to have been strongly identified with one sect, although... Continue reading
Posted 14 hours ago at lotusinthemud
Nangaku & Baso There is a story about two monks, Nangaku and Baso. Baso has been practising meditation for ten years. Nangaku comes along. Nangaku: What is the use of... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at lotusinthemud
QUESTION: After a good few years of working hard towards personal improvement and continually tripping over myself, I'm struggling to see any real change in my propensity for being foolish.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at lotusinthemud
Here are another two poems by Saigyo. During his lifetime, the political situation gradually deteriorated until the most awful civil war broke out between the Taira and the Minamoto factions.... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at lotusinthemud
Here is a poem by Saigyo (1118-1190), one of Japan's greatest poets, also reckoned a saint. He was an independent Buddhist practitioner who spent much time travelling or in retreat,... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at lotusinthemud
On a recent Thursday, the non-profit that I run received a call from an older woman who needed help. She said she was living in a house without power or... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at lotusinthemud
QUESTION: In one of your recent posts, you made the statement: "12. Nonduality is a dualistic theory." I was hoping you could elaborate a bit more on this statement, or... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at lotusinthemud
One way of understanding Buddhism is as an attempt to create an alternative society. Groups of Buddhists are cells in what is intended in the long run to be a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2016 at lotusinthemud
Summary of Faith and Practice TEXT: Nothing else is required and anything else is too much. This passage is a plea for moderation and is, therefore, also an expression of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2016 at lotusinthemud
1. Buddhism only values 'self-awareness' insofar as it cultivates humility and compassion. 2. It is not necessary to create a 'self' before you abandon it. 3. It is not true... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2016 at lotusinthemud
Honen Shonin has been one of the ancestral teachers most important to me. I love his humanity. He talks about how he learnt Buddhism and learnt that pure contempation depended... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2016 at lotusinthemud
Continuing our commentary upon Summary of Faith and Practice... TEXT: Be the foolish being completely in the performance of the practice. The ‘practice’ in Pureland Buddhism can be thought of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2016 at lotusinthemud
Commentary on Summary of Faith and Practice, part 20 TEXT: However wise, learned or skilled you may be, set it aside Learning to set aside one’s cleverness is something one... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2016 at lotusinthemud
QUESTION: Other traditions talk a lot about generating metta for our friends, acquaintances and enemies. How would we talk about this in the Pureland tradition? SHORT ANSWER: Nembutsu is gratitude... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2016 at lotusinthemud
Continuing the commentary on Summary of Faith and Practice. TEXT: To pursue something more profound or more sophisticated, or to have a theory, or to think that understanding will yield... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2016 at lotusinthemud
Q: People suffer from any different kinds of issues. Although they are different and each, perhaps, needs a different remedy or therapy, all seem to involve attachment. How should we... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2016 at lotusinthemud
Q: How can one attain illumination? A: How can one expect to receive more teachings when one has not yet put into practice those that one already has? The angels... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2016 at lotusinthemud
Q: What do the wisdom traditions say about equality? A: Individual karma being unique in each case, it is self-evident that no two people come into the world identically equal... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2016 at lotusinthemud
Continuing our commentary upon the Summary of Faith and Practice Text: and the mind of contrition as a fourth Contrition is about climbing down from our inflated sense of ourselves... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2016 at lotusinthemud
Posted Aug 4, 2016 at lotusinthemud
Part Two: Utterly Sincere Mind... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2016 at lotusinthemud
This is Part One of Part Seven... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2016 at lotusinthemud
morning ablutions a chattering family five sparrows splashing at the edge of the pond shaded by dancing iris leaves :: link to Awake August Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at lotusinthemud
This is out of context, but it contains some points that others might find interesting or might like to comment further upon thus enriching the conversation. Correspondent: I never asked... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at lotusinthemud