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by Friendly_Inquirer
Fri Feb 03, 2017 4:44 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Please tell me more about Theravada Buddhism
Replies: 37
Views: 2576

Re: Please tell me more about Theravada Buddhism

I agree. From the Bhikkhu Bodhi article I linked to above: For Buddhism, religious tolerance is not achieved by reducing all religions to a common denominator, nor by explaining away formidable differences in thought and practice as accidents of historical development. From the Buddhist point of vi...
by Friendly_Inquirer
Fri Feb 03, 2017 4:33 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Please tell me more about Theravada Buddhism
Replies: 37
Views: 2576

Re: Please tell me more about Theravada Buddhism

Syncretism of spiritual paths is a popular tendency these days. I was a syncretist before I took refuge and started practicing Dhamma. As Venerable Pesala said, there are good reasons to look for commonalities among the various spiritual paths. However, it is important that we do not gloss over the...
by Friendly_Inquirer
Fri Feb 03, 2017 4:10 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Pure Land Buddhism and the Pali Canon
Replies: 52
Views: 10844

Re: Pure Land Buddhism and the Pali Canon

Appealing to Shinran as an authority doesn't resolve them, but that's OK as I'm not really interested in debate. Because Shinran simply repeated the Pure Land masters who came before him, such as Shandao and Tan-l'uan, in teaching that the Pure Land is the realm of Nirvana, one need not necessarily...
by Friendly_Inquirer
Fri Feb 03, 2017 3:48 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Pure Land Buddhism and the Pali Canon
Replies: 52
Views: 10844

Re: Pure Land Buddhism and the Pali Canon

I can see why there are different conceptions of the nature of the Pure Land because these are mixed messages. As a Jodo Shinshu Buddhist, I hold Shinran Shonin to be authoritative when it comes to interpreting the Pure Land scriptures. Shinran didn't make up things as he went along, as evidenced b...
by Friendly_Inquirer
Thu Feb 02, 2017 10:16 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Please tell me more about Theravada Buddhism
Replies: 37
Views: 2576

Re: Please tell me more about Theravada Buddhism

You seem determined to misunderstand. Arahantship and Buddhahood are not the same goal. I am sorry if I am not explaining things very well. I am only trying to echo what the Rev. Rahula wrote on this subject: The Mahayana unequivocally says that a Buddha, a Pratyekabuddha and a Sravaka (disciple), ...
by Friendly_Inquirer
Thu Feb 02, 2017 8:39 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Pure Land Buddhism and the Pali Canon
Replies: 52
Views: 10844

Re: Pure Land Buddhism and the Pali Canon

Later today, I can go more into detail regarding how the Pure Land scriptures themselves support the belief that the Pure Land is the realm of Nirvana. For the time being, here are some passages from the Infinite Life Sutra: My land, being like Nirvana itself, Shall be beyond comparison. I take pit...
by Friendly_Inquirer
Thu Feb 02, 2017 8:32 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Please tell me more about Theravada Buddhism
Replies: 37
Views: 2576

Re: Please tell me more about Theravada Buddhism

The biggest difference between the Buddha, according to Theravada, and those who attain enlightenment after him, is that he did so without the help of a teacher. There are many more differences than that, and there are many grades of disciples who had all attained Arahantship. There are the two chi...
by Friendly_Inquirer
Thu Feb 02, 2017 6:50 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Pure Land Buddhism and the Pali Canon
Replies: 52
Views: 10844

Re: Pure Land Buddhism and the Pali Canon

Shinran wrote that those reborn into the Pure Land attain full Buddhahood and then, out of gratitude for Amida's compassion, return to this world to assist in leading other beings to enlightenment. It's supported in the Pure Land scriptures and the writings of the Pure Land masters that the purpose ...
by Friendly_Inquirer
Thu Feb 02, 2017 4:04 pm
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Please tell me more about Theravada Buddhism
Replies: 37
Views: 2576

Re: Please tell me more about Theravada Buddhism

Another myth I'd like to dispel is that the Mahayana seeks after Buddhahood, while Theravadans only settle for arahantship. Both the Theravada and Mahayana scriptures refer to Shakyamuni as an arahant, in addition to calling him a Buddha. The biggest difference between the Buddha, according to Thera...
by Friendly_Inquirer
Thu Feb 02, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Pure Land Buddhism and the Pali Canon
Replies: 52
Views: 10844

Re: Pure Land Buddhism and the Pali Canon

In the writings of Shinran, which are based on the Pure Land masters who came before him, Amida and the Pure Land are different aspects of the same reality, which can be variously described as Nirvana, Dharma-body, the Buddha-nature in all things, etc.: Nirvana has innumerable names. It is impossibl...
by Friendly_Inquirer
Thu Feb 02, 2017 1:59 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Pure Land Buddhism and the Pali Canon
Replies: 52
Views: 10844

Re: Pure Land Buddhism and the Pali Canon

Thank you for sharing. One question. My impression was that the Pure Land of Mahayana is more akin not to Nibbana itself, but to the Pure Abodes in Theravada. These are places the non-returner goes to finish his training for arahantship. I get this impression from the Wiki on Pure Land which says: ...
by Friendly_Inquirer
Thu Feb 02, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Pure Land Buddhism and the Pali Canon
Replies: 52
Views: 10844

Re: Pure Land Buddhism and the Pali Canon

As a Pure Land Buddhist, Welcome to Dhamma Wheel. May I ask what kind of Pure Land Buddhist you are? I seem to detect in your post a mélange of three rather different (though not necessarily discordant) perspectives on this strand of Mahayanism: the Shin, the mainland East Asian, and the Tantric. T...
by Friendly_Inquirer
Thu Feb 02, 2017 7:34 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics (Archive)
Topic: Is Trump paving the way to large scale global conflicts?
Replies: 42
Views: 3518

Re: Is Trump paving the way to large scale global conflicts?

I voted for Hillary Clinton, but there are Buddhists who voted for Trump as the lesser of two evils, because they saw him as less hawkish, less of a warmonger, on foreign policy: “…If you go about 120 miles to the east of the Benediktushof (a monastery in Germany where I lead retreats every year), y...
by Friendly_Inquirer
Thu Feb 02, 2017 6:52 am
Forum: Lounge (Archive)
Topic: Please tell me more about Theravada Buddhism
Replies: 37
Views: 2576

Re: Please tell me more about Theravada Buddhism

I'm sorry if I insulted anyone in this thread or if I didn't explain certain things very well. If you have any questions for me, regarding my intentions in starting this thread, and where I might be coming from in asking these questions, then I am happy to answer them.
by Friendly_Inquirer
Thu Feb 02, 2017 6:32 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Pure Land Buddhism and the Pali Canon
Replies: 52
Views: 10844

Pure Land Buddhism and the Pali Canon

As a Pure Land Buddhist, I read the Pali scriptures and try to relate them to Pure Land teachings. This is because I accept the authority of the Pali scriptures, which are equivalent to the Chinese Agamas. In starting this thread, I have no interest in convincing others to be Pure Land Buddhists. Th...