Buddha of Infinite Light: The Teachings of Shin Buddhism, by D. T. Suzuki

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 tremendous influential in his personal lifetime
and stay so this day. In a interval while jap Buddhism was once ruled via an
elitist monastic institution, Shinran's Shin instructing grew to become a fashion of
liberation for each person, despite age, classification, or gender.

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

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We invent or construct many ideas, many concepts. They are very useful to us in dealing with our life, but convenient ideas frequently control their inventors and become despotic. Scholars who invent ideas forget that they formulated them in order to handle realities for a specific purpose. Each science, whether it is called biology or psychology or astronomy, works with its own premises and its own hypotheses. Each science organizes the field it has chosen—whether it be stars, animals, fish, and so on—and works with those realities according to the conceptual scheme especially devised to study them for our understanding.

The book was a transcription of a talk given by Suzuki in 1958 at the American Buddhist Academy in New York City. It contains a Preface by the Reverend Hozen Seki, founder of the Academy and resident minister of the New York Buddhist Church. Some editorial work was essential in preparing this new English edition, due to flaws in the transcription, vagaries in some sections, and confusion in the order of some paragraphs. Part of the confusion arose from the fact that Suzuki used the blackboard to explain some concepts.

Title. 3′926—dc21 97-24078 CIP CONTENTS Foreword Preface to the First Edition Introduction 1. INFINITE LIGHT SHINRAN’S ORIGINAL INSIGHT THE TEACHING OF AMIDA PRIMAL VOW AND PURE LAND 2. ENLIGHTENMENT OF THE INNER SELF PRIMAL VOW OF AMIDA SINCERITY OF MIND THE STORY OF SHOMA OUR INNER SELF 3. FAITH AS TRUE ENTRUSTING SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE BEYOND THE FIVE SENSES DEEP SPIRITUALITY ONENESS OF THE NAME 4. THE FUTILITY OF PRIDE SELF-POWER AND OTHER-POWER BEYOND SELF-POWER MEANING OF NO MEANING ISSA AND ECKHART 5.

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