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In his Heart of the Shin Buddhist Path, Takamaro Shigaraki examines Shin Buddhism anew as a practical path of spiritual growth and self-transformation, challenging assessments of the tradition as a passive religion of mere faith. Shigaraki presents the core themes of the Shin Buddhist path in fresh, engaging, down-to-earth language, considering each frankly from both secular and religious perspectives. Shigaraki discloses a nondual Pure Land that finds philosophical kinship with Zen but has been little discussed in the West. With its unassuming language and insights drawn from a life of practice, Heart of the Shin Buddhist Path dispels the fog of misconception that has shrouded Western appreciation of Shin traditions to reveal the limitless light of Amida Buddha that reaches all.

About the Author

Takamaro Shigaraki is a Buddhist priest and scholar, recognized as one of the leading Shin Buddhist thinkers in the world today. His innovative approach to traditional Shin Buddhist ideas via comparative religious scholarship and rational analysis has made him a cause celebre in the Shin Buddhist world. He has served as president of Ryukoku University, one of Japan's oldest and most prestigious universities, where he received his PhD in literary studies and is a Professor Emeritus of Shin Buddhist studies. Dr. Shigaraki has also served as Chairman of the Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai, the largest Shin Buddhist organization in the world.David Matsumoto is a Buddhist priest and minister at the Berkeley Buddhist Temple. He received BA and JD degrees from the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, an MA from the Institute of Buddhist Studies (IBS), and an MA and PhD from Ryukoku University in Tokyo, Japan. Matsumoto has translated from Japanese Bearer of Light: The Life and Thought of Rennyo, by Jitsuen Kakehashi, a contemporary Shin scholar. He lives in Northern California, where he teaches Contemporary Shin Buddhist Studies at the Institute for Buddhist Studies.

Table of Contents

Authors Preface xi

Translators Notes xv

PART ONE: THE SHIN BUDDHIST PATH

Chapter One: The Fundamental Principles of Buddhism

  Teachings of Gautama Buddha 3

  The Development of Buddhism 14

Chapter Two: The Pure Land Buddhist Path

  Amida Buddha 23

  The Primal Vow of Amida Buddha 39

  The Pure Land Buddhist Path 48

Chapter Three: The Shin Buddhist Path

  The Path that Shinran Walked 58

  The Nembutsu of “Choice” 65

  Nembutsu and Shinjin 71

PART TWO: SHINJIN

Chapter One: The Idea of Shin in Buddhism

  General Notions of Shin 87

  Belief and Faith 88

  Buddhist Notions of Shin 92

Chapter Two: Shinjin in Shin Buddhism

  Shinjin in Shinrans Thought 98

  Traditional Approaches to Shinjin 106

  The Threefold Shinjin of the Primal Vow 114

Chapter Three: Deep Mind, True Mind, and Mind of Aspiration

  Deep Mind 117

  True Mind 136

  Mind of Aspiration 148

PART THREE: SHIN BUDDHIST LIFE

Chapter One: Salvation in Shin Buddhism

  Types of Religious Salvation 157

  Salvation as the Fulfillment of Desire 161

  Salvation through Self-Control 165

  Salvation as the Establishment of Personal Subjectivity 169

Chapter Two: Shinjin and Human Life

  The Ethics of Shinjin 180

  The Starting Point for Understanding Buddhism 193

  A True Disciple of the Buddha 205

Chapter Three: The Shin Buddhist Way of Life

  Living with “Prayers for the World” 215

  The Wish for Human Fulfillment 223

  Aspiring for the Fulfillment of Society 227

  Directing Virtue in Our Return to This World 232

Product Details

ISBN:
9781614290490
Author:
Shigaraki, Takamaro
Publisher:
Wisdom Publications (MA)
Author:
Matsumoto, David
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Buddhism
Subject:
Buddhism
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20130331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
184
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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