Category Archives: Pure Land Buddhism

Rational Amidism: Prayer

I am often asked if Buddhists, any Buddhist, believe in a Supreme Being analogous to the Western God. My answer is always, “No, we don’t. If any sect proclaims an original anything then they are not Buddhist.” Clearly, belief in … Continue reading

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The Tip of a Needle

Life, personhood, pleasure and pain —    This is all that’s bound together In a single mental event —    A moment that quickly takes place. Even the spirits who endure For eighty-four thousand eons —    Even these do not live the … Continue reading

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Growing Up Human

Visit the Hongaku Jodo Website Click here to subscribe to our newsletter.   The experience of stress, pain, suffering is not a simple thing. The Buddha once observed, we respond to its complexity in two ways: And what is the … Continue reading

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Growing Up or Growing Old?

“Deny the passport, throw it away and make a great decision that you will not leave this shore until and unless you have liberated all the human beings.” — The Buddha This quote is all over the internet, usually without … Continue reading

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Does the Pure Land Have a Starbuck’s?

Nagarjuna urges us not to mistake the finger for the moon. He tells us not to confound words and meaning, that is, not to mistake the secular words that are used to point to ultimate truth for that truth itself. … Continue reading

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The Faith Devotee, the Pure Land, and the Visuddhimagga

Part 3 of the Visuddhimagga is called “Understanding (Paññá).” Nestled amongst the very boring and hard to understand sentences is §74 — §82. It comes across as a sort of Abhidhammic verification of the Pure Land School of Buddhism. It … Continue reading

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