Imagine a religion without original sin, judgment, a wrathful God, a multitude of gods and saints, an eternal hell, Satan, a sense of guilt, a personality cult, idolizing a book, a blood sacrifice for atonement, a rejection of personal experience, holy wars, hypocritical rules, sexism, a cultish mindset, and money and power obsessions. Luckily, a religion without all of this negative core baggage does exist and it is called Shin Buddhism.
Shin Buddhism is an 800 year old religion and a way of life dedicated to manifesting the endowed purpose of every human being to realize enlightenment. This is a natural path open to everyone; it is especially geared to ordinary working people involved in daily responsibilities and worldly entanglements. It is called a natural path because it is devoid of superstitious dogma and is based on personal experience and reality-as-it-is. It uses everything as a vehicle on the journey to enlightenment. It never forces itself onto others and maintains a gentle but persuasive demeanor. What?s more, it does not have a blind eye to what it is to be a real human being but it fully accepts the human condition with all of its limitations and potentialities.
Being a natural way, it is also all-inclusive and embracing because like the ocean it accepts everybody, even non-believers and the so-called lowliest of our society. No matter who you are or what you have done or what burdens you carry, you and everyone else is assured to be transformed through the power of Great Compassion into an authentically complete and awakened person. This is the assurance of Shin.
At its core, Shin can be seen as an anti-cult; this feature is clearly manifested in our Buddhist Fellowship, which is non-hierarchical, egalitarian and non-dogmatic. Moreover, it does not ask for followers but seeks dedicated practitioners of daily compassion, love and wisdom, so together we can transform ourselves and the world into a happier place. As a wholesome vehicle to spiritual practice, it does not have any requirements to join but only to have the faith and commitment to transmute the burdens of daily life into the source of received wisdom and compassion. Come as you are and practice with us.
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