Pure Land Buddhism Shinran s Devotional Path to Enlightenment

The way of realizing Enlightenment after going to another land and hearing the Dharma there is necessarily dependent on the ... To reach the ultimate end of the One Vehicle is to realize the boundless and endless (Enlightenment).

Author: Roy Melvyn

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 9781105294464

Category: Religion

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At the heart of Shin (Pure Land) Buddhist teaching lies a vision of true reality as alive with wisdom and compassion, working to bring all beings to the highest fulfillment of human life, the attainment of Buddhahood. Shinran teaches that this activity manifests itself as Amida Buddha, who resolved to save all beings by bringing into his Pure Land, the realm of enlightenment, all who say his Name, entrusting themselves to his Vow. He thus performed practices for long eons and fulfilled this Vow, so that his Name, Namu Amida Butsu, came to resound throughout the universe, awakening all beings to the reality of great compassion. Interestingly, in the end, Pure Land and the more traditional Zen share the primary framework of removing the individual as the central point out from which all else is referred.

Teachers of Enlightenment

Once begun, this process of development is potentially endless, for Enlightenment has an infinite range of qualities, and Enlightened beings strive to relate to the unenlightened using an infinite variety of means.

Author: Kulananda

Publisher: Windhorse Publications

ISBN: 9781909314412

Category: Religion

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The Refuge Tree is a symbol of the highest ideals of Buddhism, a traditional image in the Tibetan tradition that takes different forms in different schools. On the refuge tree are formal teachers from Buddhism's history. The Refuge Tree of the Triratna Buddhist Order founded by Sangharakshita includes figures from India, Tibet, China and Japan as well as archetypal Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and the teachers whose guidance helped to shape Sangharakshita's understanding of Buddhism.

Tripod Reverses the Heaven

Our battle will definitely become the pinnacle of this year's Grand Meeting, and will leave behind endless enlightenment for the people behind! " There was nothing he could do. Lu Hai was already riding a tiger and had no way to get ...

Author: Da MoFeiGe

Publisher: Funstory

ISBN: 9781637882467

Category: Fiction

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The world all the time has the rumor, the demon star appears, the taboo goes out, the heaven and earth big rob! The ancient style is born with the demon star, known as the body of taboo by the world, the source of chaos, by the world...

The Hazy Moon of Enlightenment

The present volume, The Hazy Moon of Enlightenment, presents the third and fourth phases of this endless spiral. Parts one and two, “Enlightenment” and “Delusion,” tell what there is to realize—what enlightenment means, what delusion ...

Author: Bernie Glassman

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780861718665

Category: Religion

Page: 224

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The Hazy Moon of Enlightenment takes the reader to the next level of Zen practice, exploring some of the more subtle and sophisticated topics in Zen. The first two parts of the book explore enlightenment and delusion: What is nature of enlightenement? What does it mean to describe enlightenment as sudden or gradual? What is the nature of delusion, and how can watch out for the particular delusion that masquerades as enlightenment? The third part looks at "enlightenment in action"--what it means for someone to living and acting in order with the deep wisdom of enlightenment, and how we can practice learning "learning how to be satisfied" and enjoy serenity and transquility. The final section is a moving and powerful firsthand account of one woman's solitary realization of the deepest truths--a story that can become an inspiration for all of us. The contributors to this volume include some the pioneering masters who were seminal in helping Zen take firm root in American soil.

The Key of Immediate Enlightenment

These are not endless radiant bodies. Don't be confused. Endless transcendental bodies means 'so coming, and so going.' His body is here, but he also appears everywhere and knows everything. He doesn't need to do anything special and ...

Author: The Supreme Master Ching Hai

Publisher: The Supreme Master Ching Hai Publishing Co Ltd.

ISBN: 9789866895432

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

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A collection of various talks and lectures given by The Supreme Master Ching Hai on the topic of how to know our True Nature and be Enlightened in daily life and much more.

Poetic Leaps in Zen S Journey of Enlightenment

This picture vividly illustrates Zen's characteristics of ethics that demands the enlightened one to mingle with others in his endless journey of enlightenment. Zen's journey for enlightenment seems to be an individualistic venture of ...

Author: Yong Zhi

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1475942141

Category: Science

Page: 220

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While the philosophical discussion of Zen spirituality reaches its limit, poetry offers an effective expression of the sublime experiences. From a poetic perspective, enlightenment is understood as poetic leaps in the spiritual journey, which brings people from the habitually or conventionally established world toward new horizons of consciousness. This leap is a breakthrough in the overall consciousness, rather than a progression in contemplative thought. Therefore, it cannot be adequately described through abstract representation, but poetry can metaphorically capture this leap and reveal both the spiritual meaning and the practical wisdom of enlightenment. This book will take you on this fantastic journey of enlightenment.

Encounter with Enlightenment

Enlightenment , however , brings with it that transformation which enables one to stay the course , to practice what ... The path is endless , since self - transformation is endless , never fully accomplished , always in process ...

Author: Robert E. Carter

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 079145018X

Category: Religion

Page: 258

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Examines the influence of Shintoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, and Zen Buddhism on Japanese ethics, with implications for our understanding of various social, economic, and environmental problems.

A Partial Enlightenment

He is more a tragic figure illustrating the kinds of difficult political situations enlightenment seekers are pushed into ... offers a possibility for modern readers focused more on this life than on the endless games of enlightenment.

Author: Avram Alpert

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231553391

Category: Religion

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In many ways, Buddhism has become the global religion of the modern world. For its contemporary followers, the ideal of enlightenment promises inner peace and worldly harmony. And whereas other philosophies feel abstract and disembodied, Buddhism offers meditation as a means to realize this ideal. If we could all be as enlightened as Buddhists, some imagine, we could live in a much better world. For some time now, however, this beatific image of Buddhism has been under attack. Scholars and practitioners have criticized it as a Western fantasy that has nothing to do with the actual experiences of Buddhists. Avram Alpert combines personal experience and readings of modern novels to offer another way to understand modern Buddhism. He argues that it represents a rich resource not for attaining perfection but rather for finding meaning and purpose in a chaotic world. Finding unexpected affinities across world literature—Rudyard Kipling in colonial India, Yukio Mishima in postwar Japan, Bessie Head escaping apartheid South Africa—as well as in his own experiences living with Tibetan exiles, Alpert shows how these stories illuminate a world in which suffering is inevitable and total enlightenment is impossible. Yet they also give us access to partial enlightenments: powerful insights that become available when we come to terms with imperfection and stop looking for wholeness. A Partial Enlightenment reveals the moments of personal and social transformation that the inventions of modern Buddhism help make possible.

The Bodhisattva Path to Unsurpassed Enlightenment

It should be understood that countless, immeasurable numbers of buddhasarise among the countless, immeasurable numbers of world spheres that lie in the ten directions. Why is that? [It is because] there are countless, ...

Author: Asanga

Publisher: Shambhala Publications

ISBN: 9781559394291

Category: Religion

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A complete translation of Asanga's classic work on the distinguishing qualities of bodhisattvas that describes how to awaken, develop, and perfect the mind of enlightenment in the Great Vehicle, or Mahayana, Buddhist tradition. Arya Asanga, famous for having been the conduit through which the teachings contained in the Five Texts of Maitreya were received and recorded, is also considered to be the author in his own right of several other foundational works of Yogācāra philosophy. One of these, considered the definitive text of the Yogācāra school of Buddhism, is the encyclopedic synthesis of Mahayana Buddhist doctrines and practices known as the Yogācārabhūmi, or "Stages of Spiritual Practice." The Bodhisattvabhūmi, or "Stages of the Bodhisattva Path," is one portion of that massive work, though it is considered a stand-alone text in the Tibetan traditions--for example, it is counted among the six core texts of the Kadampas. However, despite the text's centrality to the Yogācāra school and its seminal importance in the Tibetan traditions, it has remained unavailable in English except in piecemeal translations; Engle's translation will therefore be especially welcomed by scholars and students alike.

Enlightened Ish

This is a universal truth of spiritual awakening: The paths to enlightenment are as endless as our rhetoric. Enlightenment is to you as the Light is to the world. I cannot count the rays from the sun or say that one ray is longer or ...

Author: Gail Dickert

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781481710015

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

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Enlightened-ish is one of the most approachable, down-to-Earth books for anyone seeking a self-guided spiritual awakening. Gails work is honest, inspiring and undoubtedly a refreshing read in a market of deeply esoteric and trite testimonies about spiritual enlightenment and self-empowerment. Gails story begins with the unexpected death of her father. She dedicates herself to writing Enlightened-ish and the belief that this event will guide her to confront death and loss in a way that few have had the courage to do. She comes forward with experiences from childhood and adulthood with an outrageous audacity and authenticity. She confronts the death of her father, the loss of a spiritual community and the effects of witnessing a violent suicide, a health crisis and a break-up - all events which occurred in an 10-month period! Her ability to use storytelling as a means of identifying the universal truths that she calls the Twelve Freedoms of Enlightened-ish Living keeps the reader engaged in a polite spiritual voyeurism that has not been matched. Without exception, her tenacity about being fully human and fully enlightened-ish will change the trajectory of spiritualists in every religion. Never before has a memoir been written with so much conviction and humility, then packaged so powerfully that readers everywhere will be awakened to the power of storytelling. Enlightened-ish is raw, conversational and unforgettable!