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Buddhism of the Heart: Reflections on Shin Buddhism and Inner Togetherness Paperback – April 28, 2009
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"A much needed introduction to a tradition little understood in the West. Jeff Wilson's illuminating account of his practice as a Shin Buddhist describes a path founded on humility, trust, and wonder, a way of life that celebrates a wise acceptance of human imperfection rather than a longing to overcome it." (Stephen Batchelor, author of Buddhism without Beliefs)
"Full of warmth, humor, and excellent storytelling." (Sumi Loundon, editor of Blue Jean Buddha and The Buddha's Apprentices)
"Buddhism of the Heart is a clear, insightful discussion of basic teachings of Shin Buddhism. The author, writing from the heart, is candid and direct. It is an easy reading text for seekers." (Alfred Bloom, Emeritus Professor of Religion, University of Hawaii)
"Arranged in brief meditations anchored in Jeff's own life, this book's approach is personal, intimate, and always inviting. I recommend this book to anyone seeking to live more authentically, more deeply." (James Ishmael Ford, Unitarian Universalist Minister and author of Zen Master Who? and If You're Lucky, Your Heart Will Break)
About the Author
Mark Unno teaches East Asian religions at the University of Oregon. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Religious Ethics and the advisory board of Buddhist-Christian Studies. He has been the featured speaker at numerous conferences and academic venues on Asian Buddhism, Comparative Religion, Buddhism and Psychotherapy, and Buddhism in America. He lives in Eugene, Oregon.
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Not often referred to by Westerners, at least positively, are the missionary Lotus Sutra sects Soka Gakkai and Nichiren Shoshu, whose numbers in the West -- particularly Soka Gakkai's -- may well surpass all other transplanted sects combined. The practice of these schools is not centered in mediation, and if you add the fact that they have a quasi-magical view of the efficacy of the title of the Lotus Sutra -- Nam(u) Myoho Renge Kyo -- they too are regarded as being for the simple and unsophisticated, and barely Buddhist.
Ironically, Shin Buddhism (Jodo Shinshu) is intentionally Buddhism for the simple and unsophisticated in the sense of being for those who have been made to realize, by the light of compassion (Amida Buddha), the folly they create out of an illusory sense of self. Shinran Shonin, the founder of what has come to be known as Shin, was acutely aware of human finitude and the astigmatic view of reality we are burdened with owing to the causes and conditions that create us and we create. He taught and wrote passionately about the futility of trying to discipline the self through meditation and ethical precepts with only the power of the self. His was a Buddhism of surrender to the embrace of infinite light and life.
Jeff Wilson's BUDDHISM OF THE HEART can be compared to a guide to everyday conversation as opposed to a grammar of religious language.Read more ›
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I've struggled to understand Shin Buddhism. This book not only makes it clear -- or as clear as one can make it for Westerners -- but it leaves me wanting to visit the nearest Shin... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Mel H. Pine
An outstanding book for beginners and old timers. Jeff encapsulates the Shin tradition with openness and compassion. Read morePublished 20 months ago by c.a. leibow
It's a good book for those who like a more personal approach but ultimately I think we should focus on the doctrines.Published on June 22, 2013 by Upasaka Heng He