August 22, 2013 · 6:30 PM
This week we'll study the work of one of the most central historic figures within Pure Land Buddhism, Master Shinran. It's bound to be an enlightening discussion over delicious Starbucks Coffee!
Here are words from the preface of Master Shinran's masterpiece "Teaching, Practice, Faith, Enlightenment" that we will discuss:
"Ah, how hard it is, even in many lifetimes, to encounter the strong power of Amida's Vow! How hard it is, even in myriad aeons, to obtain faith that is true and real! Anyone blessed with this faith cannot help but rejoice at the benevolent workings (of Amida) since the distant past that have brough t it into being. Had I remained covered by the net of doubt in this life as well, I should have had to keep wandering, lost, through vast aeons. How genuine, the true words of Amida that embrace us and never forsake us, the absolute doctrine that is surpassingly wonderful! Listen and believe without hesitation or delay."