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Living in Amida's Universal Vow : Essays on Shin Buddhism - Alfred Bloom

Living in Amida's Universal Vow

Essays on Shin Buddhism

By: Alfred Bloom (Editor)

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Published: 14th May 2004
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hese essays demonstrate to people unfamiliar with Buddhist scholarship some resources that they would otherwise probably never see. The anthology reveals the serious intellectual and spiritual character of Pure Land teaching, while, also, enabling the reader to gain a perspective on its very real significance for modern society. The diversity of perspectives and views shown in these pages is a mark of vital religious reflection and shows Shin's many dimensions as a living tradition capable of giving meaning to everyday life and of inspiring commitment to the service of humanity. The title Living In Amida's Universal Vow indicates that Buddhism is for living and is meant to suggest the pertinence of these writings to spiritual students and seekers who are not interested in dry scholarly analyses alone.

Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. xiii
Modern Shin Buddhist Thinkers
"The Great Path of Absolute Other Power" and "My Faith"p. 3
The Significance of Dharmakara Bodhisattva as Earthy Saviorp. 13
The Meaning of Salvation in the Doctrine of Pure Land Buddhismp. 19
Shin Buddhismp. 31
Interpretations of Shin Buddhism
Centering and the World Beyondp. 51
The Practice of Jodo-shinshup. 63
Shinjin is the Eternal Nowp. 73
Shinran's Vision of Absolute Compassionp. 77
Religious Transformation and Language in Shinranp. 87
Freedom and Necessity in Shinran's Concept of Karmap. 103
Joy of Shinran: Rethinking the Traditional Shinshu Views on the Concept of the Stage of Truly Settledp. 123
Modern Issues in Shin Thought
Shinran and Authority in Buddhismp. 143
Shinran and Modern Individualismp. 155
Shinran and Human Dignity: Opening an Historic Horizonp. 161
Towards a Shin Buddhist Social Ethicsp. 173
My Socialismp. 189
Ethics in American Jodo Shinshu: Trans-ethical Responsibilityp. 197
Historical and Comparative Perspectives
Shinran's Indebtedness to T'an-luanp. 217
Pure Land Buddhist Hermeneutics: Honen's Interpretation of Nembutsup. 231
David, Shankara, Honenp. 247
Mutual Transformation of Pure Land Buddhism and Christianityp. 255
Acknowledgmentsp. 289
Glossaryp. 291
Select Bibliography for Further Readingp. 295
Biographical Notesp. 296
Contributors and Translatorsp. 297
Indexp. 299
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ISBN: 9780941532549
ISBN-10: 0941532542
Series: Perennial Philosophy S.
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 14th May 2004
Publisher: World Wisdom Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.5  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.48