Thursday, May 9, 2013
I have just uploaded this movie about Shinran’s life which is also a good introduction into his teachings. The movie was done by Hongwanji and it is in Japanese but it contains English subtitles. Please enjoy it and share it with others
Monday, March 29, 2010
Before I enter this topic, lets think a little to Shakyamuni, the Founder of Buddhism.
Did he become a Buddha during his life on this earth that we all know from history, or had he attained Buddhahood countless lifetimes ago, in the incomprehensibly remote past? Or was he the manifestation of Amida Buddha?
The answer depends on which sutras you chose to read. In many sutras the first situation is presented, in others the second is taken as a profound truth (for example, the Lotus Sutra, - Life Span chapter), and the Pure Land sutras are interpreted by Shinran Shonin as to clearly show the third situation in which the true reason for the appearance of Shakyamuni in the world was to teach the Dharma about Amida Buddha’s salvation. To me, the third is the one I chose.
The same thing applies to many important figures in the Buddhist history after Shakyamuni’s passing.
Some Masters have a visible life in which they are born, do this or that, meet with the Dharma, practice it and one day attain the most important thing –supreme Enlightenment, or in the case of Shinran Shonin, he receives shinjin, which is faith in Amida Buddha’s Primal Vow.
This is the visible life, but an invisible one or hidden truth about them might be revealed by their own words or actions on various occasions or by the testimonies of their closest disciples who had revelatory dreams or visions about these Masters.