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By D. T. Suzuki

Shin
is the uniquely jap flowering of the kind of Buddhism often called "Pure
Land." It originated within the 13th century with the charismatic and
prophetic determine Shinran (1172–1263), whose interpretation of the
traditional natural Land teachings used to be super influential in his personal lifetime
and stay so this present day. In a interval while eastern Buddhism used to be ruled by way of an
elitist monastic institution, Shinran's Shin instructing grew to become a manner of
liberation for everybody, despite age, type, or gender.

Although
Shin is one among Japan's maximum non secular contributions—and remains to be the most
widely practiced type of Buddhism in Japan—it continues to be little recognized in the
West. during this booklet, according to numerous lectures he gave within the Fifties, D. T.
Suzuki illuminates the deep which means of Shin and its wealthy archetypal imagery,
providing a scholarly and affectionate advent to this sometimes
misunderstood culture of Buddhist perform.

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Some people may wonder how the Mahayana could have evolved into the doctrine of Pure Land Buddhism. It apparently stands in direct contrast to the Buddha’s supposedly original teaching of self-reliance and enlightenment by means of perfect wisdom (prajna). Amida stands on one side, and on the other side stands ordinary people (bombu) like you and me. This relationship is also defined in terms of Amida as ho, in contrast to ki. These Japanese terms are difficult to translate into English, but ho is on the other side and ki on this side.

Although Shin is one of Japan’s greatest religious contributions—and is still the most widely practiced form of Buddhism in Japan—it remains little known in the West. In this book, based on several lectures he gave in the 1950s, D. T. Suzuki illuminates the deep meaning of Shin and its rich archetypal imagery, providing a scholarly and affectionate introduction to this sometimes misunderstood tradition of Buddhist practice. DAISETSU TEITARO SUZUKI (1870–1966) was one of the primary modern interpreters of Zen for the West.

We may possess some such thing in ourselves, perhaps largely underdeveloped. ” The working of this Name allows us to enter the Pure Land and makes possible our realization of the highest reality, a full grasp of ultimate truth. It does not work on our senses and intellect, which are limited and relative. People who hold the intellect to be our only real guide in life will deny that which extends beyond the senses and intellect. They will negate the efficacy of the Name to explore those fields of human life that cannot be grasped by intellection.

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