Tagarchief: Zen & Buddhism

Religious poems by a myokonin

Below are four brief poems by Asahari Saichi (1850-1932). Saichi belongs to the myokonin, ‘persons of humble origin but with a penetrating insight’, in a definition of Shin author Taitetsu Unno. Lees verder Religious poems by a myokonin

Hisamatsu Shin’ichi on Pure Land and Zen

Hisamatsu Shin’ichi (1889-1980) developed from a Shin Buddhist background into a lay Zen teacher and a professor of Buddhism at Kyoto University.

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In Shin listening is becoming awakened

“In the Shin Buddhist tradition, as we listen to the teaching we are made to realize that we can never surrender ourselves. Resistance comes from the deepest center of our karmic selves.” A fragment of an interview with Taitetsu Unno

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Honen’s dualism (continued)

Did one of Japan’s foremost Pure Land buddhists seek to abandon this world at the expense of valuing its empirical reality? A discussion in Facebook’s Soto Zen group

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Bombu or buddha nature

The bombu paradigm in Japanese Pure Land buddhism stresses the ‘foolishness’ of human beings. In an interesting blog post from 2011 David Brazier explains how Zen and Pure Land depart from different perspectives only to arrive at similar destinations

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