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The Pure Land tradition dates back to the sixth century c.e., when Buddhism was first introduced in Japan. Unlike Zen, its counterpart which flourished in remote monasteries, the Pure Land tradition was the form of Buddhism practiced by common people. Consequently, its practice is harmonious with the workings of daily life, making it easily adaptable for seekers today. Despite the difference in method, though, the goal of Pure Land is the same as other schools--the awakening of the true self.
Certain to take its place alongside great works such as Three Pillars of Zen, The Miracle of Mindfulness, and Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind--River of Fire, River of Water is an important step forward for American Buddhism.
A lot of people really seem to like this book. I would not recommend this to beginners to Buddhism as I was. It was so hard to understand. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lucy
superior jodo book, one of the best.
the author has intuitive insights that
can only come from amida butsu
(other power). Read more
Dr. Taitetsu Unno has written a modern classic.
Wanting to use the book for reference in writing the review, i could not find it. It was under my pillow! Read more
I have this book on my Kindle Fire HD and no matter what page I open to...it tells me something I need to hear that day...try it!Published on March 24, 2013 by LynnAnn Thomas
Gives a great background on the history as well as the origins of Jod Shinshu Buddhism in a way that everyone can understand it.Published on March 1, 2013 by hoppa
I am re-reading this wonderful book. I read it through quickly the first time, excited to have found Shin Buddhism explained in a style that I could relate to. Read morePublished on October 12, 2012 by Lyla Burnor
This book is a very good introduction to Pure Land traditions. This book was recommended to me after I'd read the basic introduction Ocean. Read morePublished on December 31, 2009 by A. Earle
This book by far is the best in explaining Shin Buddhism and the Pure Land tradition. Also what really makes this book really nice is it isn't too complicated and has personal... Read morePublished on September 18, 2007 by C. Sienkiewicz
Excellent English translation and interpretation of Buddhist prophets. The author enhances the understanding of Buddhism with modern day examples applied to ancient Buddhist... Read morePublished on November 5, 2006 by suzsama