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By Takamaro Shigaraki

In his Heart of the Shin Buddhist Path, Takamaro Shigaraki examines Shin Buddhism anew as a pragmatic course of religious progress and self-transformation, demanding tests of the culture as a passive faith of mere religion. Shigaraki offers the middle subject matters of the Shin Buddhist course in clean, attractive, down-to-earth language, contemplating every one frankly from either secular and non secular views. Shigaraki discloses a nondual natural Land that unearths philosophical kinship with Zen yet has been little mentioned within the West. With its unassuming language and insights drawn from a lifetime of perform, Heart of the Shin Buddhist Path dispels the fog of false impression that has shrouded Western appreciation of Shin traditions to bare the unlimited gentle of Amida Buddha that reaches all.

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Ah! How very sweet! org � 2013 Takamaro Shigaraki; English translation © 2013 David Matsumoto All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photography, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system or technologies now known or later developed, without permission in writing from the publisher. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Shigaraki, Takamaro, 1926– [Shinshu no taii. English] Heart of the Shin Buddhist path : a life of awakening / Takamaro Shigaraki ; translated by David Matsumoto.

When read as “mizukara,” the character would indicate something very self-centered. It would point to an image of myself that is hardened with a sense of ego. ” In keeping with this reading, when this ego, however, is relentlessly brought into question and thereby completely crushed, then a new self, a self transcending the ego, will be born. ” Buddhism also calls this the “great self,” which indicates that it is the infinitely great self, the self of unlimited reach. What does this mean? Let us return to our earlier discussion of the tulip.

Other noteworthy works in English are: River of Fire, River of Water: An Introduction to the Pure Land Thought of Shin Buddhism and Shin Buddhism: Bits of Rubble Turn into Gold by Taitetsu Unno, The Promise of Boundless Compassion: Shin Buddhism for Today by Alfred Bloom, Ocean: An Introduction to Jodo Shinshu Buddhism by Kenneth Tanaka, and Shinran: An Introduction to His Thought by Yoshifumi Ueda and Dennis Hirota. THE TRANSLATION The author’s unique perspective on Shin Buddhist thought necessitates a three-fold approach to the translation of his ideas into English.

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