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

By D. T. Suzuki

Shin is the uniquely eastern 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 normal natural Land teachings was once tremendous influential in his personal lifetime and stay so this day. In a interval whilst eastern Buddhism used to be ruled through an elitist monastic institution, Shinran's Shin educating turned a manner of liberation for each person, despite age, classification, or gender.

Although Shin is one among Japan's maximum spiritual contributions—and remains to be the main extensively practiced type of Buddhism in Japan—it is still little recognized within the West. during this publication, according to a number of lectures he gave within the Nineteen Fifties, D. T. Suzuki illuminates the deep that means of Shin and its wealthy archetypal imagery, delivering a scholarly and affectionate advent to this occasionally misunderstood culture of Buddhist perform.

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By D. T. Suzuki

Shin is the uniquely eastern 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 normal natural Land teachings was once tremendous influential in his personal lifetime and stay so this day. In a interval whilst eastern Buddhism used to be ruled through an elitist monastic institution, Shinran's Shin educating turned a manner of liberation for each person, despite age, classification, or gender.

Although Shin is one among Japan's maximum spiritual contributions—and remains to be the main extensively practiced type of Buddhism in Japan—it is still little recognized within the West. during this publication, according to a number of lectures he gave within the Nineteen Fifties, D. T. Suzuki illuminates the deep that means of Shin and its wealthy archetypal imagery, delivering a scholarly and affectionate advent to this occasionally misunderstood culture of Buddhist perform.

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Not to realize It is to wander in the Sangsāra…. ‘Not knowing the Foundation, beings aforetime erred. They were overwhelmed by the darkness of unconsciousness, whence sprang ignorance and error. Immersed in error and obscured by ignorance, the “knower” became bewildered and afraid. Then arose the concepts “I” and “Others”, together with hatred. When these had grown strong, there was born an unbroken current of sangsāric evolution. Then the “five poisons” of the obscuring passions, lust, anger, selfishness, delusion, and jealousy, flourished, and there was produced an interminable chain of evil karma.

The Superiority of the Prajñā-Pāramitā II. The Three Kinds of Prajñā III. The Personal Ego IV. The Existence or Non-Existence of Atoms INDEX DESCRIPTION OF ILLUSTRATIONS I. MODERN GURUS (I) The late Lāma Kazi Dawa-Samdup, as he appeared in the year 1919, when he was the Head Master of the State School, near Gangtok, Sikkim. In the following year he was appointed Lecturer in Tibetan to the University of Calcutta. (2) The late Srimat Kuladānanda Brahmachāry, of the Jatiababaji Math, Puri. He was one of the most beloved gurus of the Madhwāchārya Order, and had many disciples, one of whom is kneeling at his side in reverent obeisance.

In the gcod practice, the meditator imagines his or her consciousness in the form of the goddess Vajrayoginī, abiding in the central channel. She exits from the aperture at the crown of the head, at which point the meditator’s body is imagined to collapse. Vajrayoginī cuts off the crown of the skull of the prostrate body, which is immediately transformed into a huge cauldron, into which the body is thrown. The boiling of the body produces an elixir that is offered to all the buddhas, bodhisattvas, and to all sentient beings and spirits, both benevolent and malevolent.

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