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Wednesday, November 25, 2015
The printed edition for sale of The True Teaching on Amida Buddha and His Pure Land
THE TRUE TEACHING ON AMIDA BUDDHA AND HIS PURE LAND is now available for sale.
You can order a copy at this link (first item in the list):
The price is 15 Euro or 16 US Dollars (shipment included)
Please also check the 2nd item in that list - ”Amidaji temple pack” - where you can buy all my four books at the reduced price of 47 euro (shipment included).
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But if you can't afford it or you simply don't want to buy it, you can download it for free at this link:
Here is a fragment from the Preface, so that you can make an idea of what this book is all about:
”This book is a long term project which has begun a few years ago as a reaction to the appearance in the international sangha of some divergent views which threaten to destroy the chances of many people to listen to the genuine Amida Dharma. It is also a work in progress, and the reader can expect that I will come back again, sooner or later, with new editions and improvements.
As we all know, the Dharma is the second treasure of the The Three Treasures (Buddha, Dharma and Sangha) in which we all take refuge when we become Buddhist disciples. Simply stated, the role of the Sangha is to secure a genuine transmission of the Dharma as it was taught by Shakyamuni Buddha and the Masters of our tradition, so that we can all receive faith (shinjin) and attain Buddhahood in the Pure Land. Without such a proper transmission, there is actually no Sangha and no possibility of Liberation from birth and death, that is, no chance to become Buddhas ourselves.
More than this, the Dharma is the supreme medicine given by the Buddha, the supreme Doctor, and in receiving it we must have the attitude of humble patients whose health and salvation depend totally upon the Doctor’s prescription and proper administration of the medicine. If we are priests or teachers we simply cannot be careless with people’s salvation from birth and death, just like a good pharmacist does not give poison to those who come to him looking for the medicine prescribed by their doctor.
As long as we ourselves are not Doctors (Enlighted beings/Buddhas) we should also not change the Medicine (the Dharma), but instead act as the good pharmacist and give to others exactly what the Doctor has prescribed. Trully, Amida Dharma is not our property and in dealing with it, we should act only as transmitters, not creators of the teaching. This is exactly what I am trying to do in this book – to show the true teaching about Amida Buddha and His Pure Land, while also counteracting some of the most spread wrong views of our time.
Generally speaking, there are two main categories of wrong views which should be discarded by the followers of our school: 1) eternalism and 2) nihilism.
Among the first category there is the belief in an eternal creator god, while among the second category there is the denial of life after death and rebirth, as well as the denial of the actual existence of transcendent Buddhas and their realms, including Amida and His Pure Land. Both appear in various forms in the international sangha and both must be counteracted by any sincere follower, and especially by those who are responsible with the correct transmission of Amida Dharma to others. In this book, I will treat these categories of wrong views in the two parts:
1) the true teaching on Samsara and 2) the true teaching on Amida Buddha and His Pure Land.
The two parts are also inter-related with the first serving as an introduction to the second and providing some general knowledge on the samsaric worlds, karma, Buddha-nature, Nirvana, etc, that are very important in understanding the teaching on Amida Buddha and His Pure Land.
Thus, while hearing the Buddha’s teaching on Samsara and the Pure Land of Enlightenment, the genuine aspiration to escape from the first and the wish to be born in the second might arise in the mind and heart of the reader. If that happens, then the efforts of writing this book were not in vain.”
Namo Amida Butsu