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Tariki: Embracing Despair, Discovering Peaceby Hiroyuki Itsuki
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Drawing upon his remarkable personal history, novelist and Buddhist scholar Hiroyuki Itsuki introduces us to tariki, the Other Power that is the core belief of Pure Land Buddhism. The Other Power derives from the true and full acceptance of the reality that is within us and that surrounds us. It is not a philosophy of passivity and irresponsibility, but one of radical spiritual activity, of personal, existential revolution. Its essence is the spontaneous, wondrous force that gives us the will to act, to "do what man can do and then wait for heaven's will." Importantly, tariki is a power that flows from the fundamental realization that, in the lives we live, we are already enlightened.
This enlightenment does not come easily. It is born of the unwelcome understanding that, despite our protestations, we are insignificant, imperfect beings, born to a hell of suffering that defines human existence. But in this hell, we sometimes encounter small joys, friendship, the kind acts of strangers, and the miracle of love. We experience moments when we are filled with courage, when the world sparkles with hopes and dreams. There are even times when we are deeply grateful to have been born.
These moments are paradise. But paradise is not another realm; it is here, in the very midst of the hell of this world. Tariki, a power that transcends theological distinctions, avails us of these moments. In the endless uncertainties of contemporary life, tariki confers upon us a flexibility of spirit, an energy to feel joy, and the respite of peace.
Tariki was the bronze medal winner for Spirituality/Inspirational books in the 2001 Book of the Year Awards announced by ForeWord Magazine.
"... makes available an inspiring and enlightening resource for integrating Shin Buddhism into the everyday life of modern western society." Reverend Mari Sengoku, The Hawaii Herald
"The great sages East and West have taught us that the duality or division between subject and object, self and other, is ultimately an illusion. This illusion is overcome with awakening or enlightenment, where we realize that there is neither self nor other but simply a vast and radiant Whole. But as long as we believe that the self-other duality is real, then we can use either the self or the other to reach enlightenment--both are equally illusions, so it really doesn't matter. The most famous "self-power" school is Zen. This book is a wonderful description of the "other-power" school of Buddhism, written by Japan's most popular author. It is a beautiful book by a beautiful writer about the most beautiful state of all: liberation from both self and other in the radiant release of Spirit." Ken Wilber, author of A Theory of Everything
"Tariki is not for the reader who needs a quick dose of 'Chicken Soup' to lift his spirits. It is for the seeker of a deeper, more meaningful navigation through the uncertainity of contemporary life." Nikkeiwest
"[This book will resonate] with anyone who has faced dispair squarely." Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Hiroyuji Itsuki, born in 1932, is a widely respected spiritual voice in Japan, having interrupted an exceedingly successful writing career to study Buddhism at Ryukoku University. He grew up in Pyongyang, in what is now North Korea, and is an essayist and author of a series of epic novels that have sold over twenty million copies.
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