Joji Atone was born in Fukuoka, Japan, in 1951 and holds a Ph.D. from the University of WisconsinûMadison.
Author: Joji Atone
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Joji Atone was born in Fukuoka, Japan, in 1951 and holds a Ph.D. from the University of WisconsinûMadison. Since 1992, he has been the director of Bukkyo UniversityûLos Angeles Extension. Yoko Hayashi, M.Ed., is a retired educator living in Los Angeles. The daughter of a Japanese Pure Land missionary, she was born in Hawaii, where she spent her professional career.
84 In the ninth perception [among the sixteen meditative practices] of the truephysical featuresof Amida Buddha described in the MeditationSutra, thereisa passage that states,“Each ray oflight from Amida Buddha shines overthe worlds of ...
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
The Promise of Amida Buddha is the first complete English translation of a seminal collection of writings by the Japanese Pure Land school's founder, Honen-shonin (1133-1212). The so-called Japanese Anthology (Wago Toroku) collects his surviving short writings composed in Japanese, including letters of exhortation and public pronouncements. The vital writings provide a window into Honen's life and the turbulent era in which he lived and taught. Honen-shonin, who lived in Japan in the twelfth century, saw that the complexity of traditional Buddhist practices made them inaccessible to people outside the monastic elite. Drawing on the Chinese Pure Land tradition, he re-imagined Pure Land practice for Japan and ushered in a new and dynamic practice that continues in the present day. In our degenerate age, says Honen, we cannot hope to reach enlightenment via the practices employed by the Buddhist masters of old. For us there is only one avenue to liberation--rebirth in the Pure Land of Amida, from whence our progress is irreversible and our ultimate release assured. The Pure Land is a heavenly destination made manifest through the pure vow of Amida to save all beings, and we secure passage to this land in our next life through pure faith in Amida at the very moment of death. The practice of faith in Amida is performed through nembutsu, the continual recitation of the mantra Namu Amida Butsu, which bonds us to Amida and brings us into his care.
Yoshinori, The Heart of Buddhism, 133. 67. Atone and Havashi, trans. The Promise of Amida Buddha, 33. 68. Atone and Havashi, trans. The Promise of Amida Buddha, 33. 69. Atone and Havashi, trans. The Promise of Amida Buddha, 34–35. 70.
Author: Ilana Maymind
Publisher: Lexington Books
In Exile and Otherness: The Ethics of Shinran and Maimonides, Ilana Maymind argues that Shinran (1173–1263), the founder of True Pure Land Buddhism (Jodo Shinshu), and Maimonides (1138–1204), a Jewish philosopher, Torah scholar, and physician, were both deeply affected by their conditions of exile as shown in the construction of their ethics. By juxtaposing the exilic experiences of two contemporaries who are geographically and culturally separated and yet share some of the same concerns, this book expands the boundaries of Shin Buddhist studies and Jewish studies. It demonstrates that the integration into a new environment for Shinran and the creative mixture of cultures for Maimonides allowed them to view certain issues from the position of empathic outsiders. Maymind demonstrates that the biographical experiences of these two thinkers who exhibit sensitivity to the neglected and suffering others, resonate with conditions of exile and diasporic living in pluralistic societies that define the lives of many individuals, communities, and societies in the twenty-first century.
(Joji Atone, Yoko Hayashi, trans., The Promise of Amida Buddha: Honen's Path to Bliss [Boston: Wisdom Publications, 2011], p. 365) Honen -541- . . . This passage means: There are some people who become enraged upon seeing the nembutsu ...
Author: Alfred Bloom
Publisher: World Wisdom, Inc
This second volume of passages gathered from the leading monks and teachers of the Pure Land, or Shin, school of Buddhist teaching focuses on religious practice. Extending from the foundational texts and first interpreters in the 4th century, to Rennyo in the 15th century, Professor Bloom’s selections trace the development of Shin Buddhist teaching from monastic visualization practices to the widely popular path to salvation through faith in, and recitation of, the name of Amida Buddha. Volume 2 features a foreword by Kenneth K. Tanaka and an introduction by renowned scholar and editor, Alfred Bloom, whose selected passages have been arranged topically for easy reference on issues of Pure Land teaching. The key interpreters featured are the Seven Great Teachers from India, China, and Japan (Nagarjuna, Vasubandhu; T’an-luan, Tao-ch’o, Shan-tao; Genshin, Honen), selected as doctrinal authorities by Shinran (1173-1263), the founder of the Japanese Pure Land sect.
This vow is also known as the vow of 'appearing at the time of death', as it promises that Amida Buddha, with an illustrious retinue, will greet assiduous practitioners in extremis and welcome them into the Pure Land.
Publisher: Windhorse Publications
Shinran (1173–1263) is one of the most important thinkers of Japanese Buddhist history and is regarded as the founder of its largest sect, the True Pure Land School (Jodo Shinshu). Nagapriya brings alive for a contemporary audience Shinran’s perspective on ‘Other Power’ as embodied in the myth of Amida Buddha and the Pure Land scriptures.
However, Shinran stressed that the uttering of the nenbutsu was not an act made by the practitioners, but an act which is given by Amida Buddha, it is the working of other-power (tariki ઁജ) which awakens sentient beings thus bringing ...
Author: Elisabetta Porcu
Focusing on one of the most influential religious traditions in Japan, Pure Land Buddhism, this book offers a survey of its impact on mainstream forms of art in modern and contemporary Japan
None , however , have the extensive membership of Toronto Buddhist Church or the extended network across Canada that ... Because Amida Buddha has assured salvation through the promise of rebirth in his western paradise called the Pure ...
Author: Janet McLellan
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
This is a rigorous, richly detailed, comparative examination of several groups within Toronto's Asian Buddhist communities: Japanese-Canadian, Tibetian, Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Chinese.
Given this situation , how does the Amida Buddha help men and women to salvation ? If the average person is in fact too weak and his own strength inadequate , there remains one possibility : to trust the promises of Amida Buddha ...
Author: Hans Küng
Kung joins with three esteemed colleagues to address the question: "Can we break through the barriers of noncommunication, fear, and mistrust that separate the followers of the world's great religions?" The authors analyze the main lines of approach taken by Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism, and give Christian responses to the values and challenges each tradition presents.
Worshipers chant Amida's name with single - minded faith and devotion , based on the promise of the Pure Land sutras that Amida Buddha will grant them rebirth in his heavenly Buddha realm , the Pure Land . These cosmic Buddhas can grant ...
Author: Kristen L. Mauk
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Focusing on spirituality as an inherent component of effective nursing care, this text presents an unbiased view of the nature of human spirituality apart from religion. The text offers a unique interdisciplinary and inter-religious perspective—representing a range of Eastern and Western religious traditions—while addressing lifespan considerations and belief systems within the nursing process framework. Readable, interactive chapters apply the content clinically and highlight timely research on spirituality and health. Each chapter includes case studies, critical thinking questions, and personal reflection questions. Website references are also included.