An Introduction to Pure Land Buddism

The following extract is from "River of Fire, River of Water: An Introduction to the Pure Land Tradition of Shin Buddhism" by Taitetsu Unno. Pure Land Buddhism, though relatively unknown in the West, is the most widely practiced branch of Buddhism in Japan. It emphasises tariki or "other-power", rather than jiriki ("self-power"), which comes through entrusting oneself to Amida Buddha. … Continue reading An Introduction to Pure Land Buddism

What do Buddhist’s believe?

Following is an extract from “The Buddha’s Noble Eightfold Path” by Sangharakshita. I find it helpful as an introduction to Buddhism as it highlights how the Buddhist understanding of “right vision” can be understood in terms of images as well as concepts. There are two principal ways a vision can be communicated – through images … Continue reading What do Buddhist’s believe?

Zen and the Art of Car Maintenance

Buddhist auto repair? Sometime a little bit of materialism ain't all that bad. Reflecting on Deuteronomy 15:7-8: "If anyone is poor among your fellow Israelites in any of the towns of the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward them. Rather, be openhanded and freely lend them … Continue reading Zen and the Art of Car Maintenance

Jesus and Buddha on Happiness

I stumbled across an interesting comparison of Jesus and Buddha at the Desiring God blog. In commenting on Mark 10:21, where Jesus says "go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven, and come, follow me", Jon Bloom wrote: "Note that Jesus did instruct the man … Continue reading Jesus and Buddha on Happiness

Ahimsa, Christian style

It surprises me sometimes, that people are quite happy to listen to Buddhists speak of ahimsa, but get quite agitated when Christians speak of nonviolence. I’m not sure what it is, whether it’s the exotic unfamiliarity of Buddhism in contrast to the assumed familiarity of Christianity, or the fact that Buddhists are less numerous and … Continue reading Ahimsa, Christian style

So much for ahimsa

Compass Direct News is reporting that Christian families have been driven from their village in Bangladesh by Buddhist extremists presurring them to give up their faith in Christ. "On Saturday, the Buddhist extremists captured four men and beat one woman who had gathered in a home, threatening to kill them if they did not become … Continue reading So much for ahimsa