17 Jul. Good deeds.

This morning - so pleasant. Hundreds of silent, effortless Nembutsu repetitions. Then - after 15 minutes or so - I shifted my attention to the breath and experienced silence, relieve, rest. It really reminds me of the Transcendental Meditation technique. But it's different. Rather than filling my head with meaningless sound, I fill it in … Continue reading 17 Jul. Good deeds.

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16 Jul. Anguish. Nembutsu. Peace.

So I’m still paying the price for my unskilful behaviour last week. I have a very scrupulous conscience. I have spent the last couple of days in hell of overthinking, remorse and catastrophizing. Now, more than ever, I dedicate myself to Nembutsu. I find a great relief in this practice. It takes my mind off … Continue reading 16 Jul. Anguish. Nembutsu. Peace.

15 Jul. D. T. Suzuki on Pure Land Buddhism. Pure Land. Part 3/3.

I found a talk D.T Suzuki gave before the members of the New York Buddhist Academy in the spring of 1958 (here) about Pure Land. Everything that he says encourages me to explore this path. This birth does not take place after what is called death. To sincere followers of the Pure Land, instead of … Continue reading 15 Jul. D. T. Suzuki on Pure Land Buddhism. Pure Land. Part 3/3.

14 Jul. D. T. Suzuki on Pure Land Buddhism. Pure Land. Part 2/3.

What really helped me to make up my mind about Pure Land Buddhism was the last 8 minutes of the talk by James Dobbins on D. T. Suzuki’s presentation of Pure Land Buddhism titled “Going to hell chanting Amida Buddha’s name”. Here is Suzuki’s interpretation of Pure Land: Suzuki shifts the focus from life after … Continue reading 14 Jul. D. T. Suzuki on Pure Land Buddhism. Pure Land. Part 2/3.