Showing posts with label MONSHU. Show all posts
Showing posts with label MONSHU. Show all posts

Sunday, June 8, 2014

We have a new Monshu



Retired Monshu Sokunyo left and the new Monshu Sennyo, right


I welcome with great joy and hope the appointment of our new Go Monshu-sama, Shaku Sennyo (Kojun Ohtani). May he act as a true "Guardian of the Gate", and watch over the spreading of Amida Dharma in the spirit of Tannisho:

"Let there be not the slightest distortion of the teaching of Other Power with words of an understanding based on personal views."

 Namo Amida Butsu

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Official position of Hongwanji on the matter of "after death" birth in The Pure Land

In many articles on this website, in my books or on my Facebook pages I presented to you many explanations and passages from the sacred texts in which it is clearly stated that the Pure Land of Amida Buddha is to be attained after death and that it is not to be found “here and now”, or in “one’s mind”, as some nowadays deluded scholars and priests in the international sangha claim.

In this short post I intend to show to you that our Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha (Nishi Hongwanji) religious organisation does NOT officially sustain the aberrant views of those scholars and priests. The following two passages are from an official document of our school, Jodo Shinshu Kyosho (The Essential of Jodo Shinshu) and from a statement made by the former Monshu (Patriarch/Leader) of Hongwanji, His Eminence Koshin Ohtani, the 24th successor of Shinran Shonin. In the passages you can read by yourself that birth in the Pure Land is to be understood as taking place after death, in perfect agrement with the sacred texts of our tradition: