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Jōshō Adrian Cirlea (釋 成 証)
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I’m a priest not a saint. I do not teach morals and I’m not a good example for anybody, not even for myself. All I teach is faith in Amida Buddha, the way of easy practice to be followed by those of inferior capacities.
I’m a priest not a saint. I do not teach morals and I’m not a good example for anybody, not even for myself. All I teach is faith in Amida Buddha, the way of easy practice to be followed by those of inferior capacities.

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S-a deschis sezonul la templul Amidaji :) Adica ma puteti vizita pentru slujba si invatatura. Nu pot oferi cazare deoarece vremea este inca rece iar lemnele putine, insa ma puteti vizita pentru cateva ore sau o zi. Important este sa va anuntati venirea prin telefon sau mesaj. Din aprilie - mai, cand vremea se incalzeste se va putea sta si mai multe zile (cazarea in biblioteca).
Namo Amida Butsu

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My family's well, near Amidaji temple, blessed with a little image of Amida Buddha.

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Fantana familiei de langa Amidaji - binecuvantata de o mica imagine cu Buddha Amida.
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My father, who donated the land on which Amidaji temple is located, died on March 6th due to a heart attack. His body was placed in the Hondo (Dharma Hall) of Amidaji where I made a religious service for him. Tomorrow he will be buried in one of his favorite places in a mountain village. His contribution to Amidaji temple will never be forgotten. During the service I gave him the posthumous Buddhist name, Yokusho, meaning, "wishing to be born in the Pure Land".
Namo Amida Butsu

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Pentru prietenii mei care l-au cunoscut pe tata - a murit ieri, 6 martie, in urma unui stop cardiac. El este cel care a donat terenul pe care am inceput sa construiesc templul Amidaji si de aceea, va fi intotdeauna cinstit aici. Trupul lui a fost pastrat de ieri pana azi in Hondo (Sala Dharmei) a Amidaji unde am tinut o slujba religioasa. In timpul slujbei i-am oferit postmortem numele buddhist Yokusho, ceea ce inseamna, "cel care doreste sa renasca in Taramul Pur". Maine va fi inmormantat intr-un sat de munte, unde ii placea adeseori sa mearga.
Namo Amida Butsu

"Inferior people such as ourselves tend to think that it is impossible for the common person to attain birth in the Pure Land according to the Primal Vow by as few as ten repettions or just a single utterance of nembutsu. We think that birth in the Pure Land is only possible if nembutsu is recited by a fine person who does not entertain illusory thoughts, commits no unwholesome acts, and awakens the profound spirit with a vigorous heart. We believe that we, people who have minimal potential, cannot realize this birth with just one or ten repetitions of nembutsu. One can't blame people for harboring such thoughts.
In this regard, Master Shan-tao foresaw that such doubts might arise in the common people of the future and established the theory of the two aspects of the profound heart() . He then commented that even we common mortals, who cannot sever worldly passions and who commit nonvirtues, will attain birth in the Pure Land without fail if we believe in the Primal Vow and recite nembutsu ten times or just once with profound faith."
Honen Shonin, An Outline of the Doctrine for Birth in the Pure Land

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"Profound heart" is the same with the "deep mind" used in other translations. This has two aspects: "First, to believe deeply and unwaveringly that we are actually ordinary beings of karmic evil subject to birth and death, ever sinking and ever transmigrating in samsara since innumerable kalpas ago without a chance to escape from it. Second, to believe deeply and unwaveringly that the Forty-eight Vows of Amida Buddha enfold sentient beings, enabling them to board His Vow-Power and attain Birth". Master Shan-tao, as quoted by Shinran Shonin in chapter III of his Kyogyoshinsho

Here we clearly see that for borth Honen and Master Shan-tao, the basis of true nembutsu is profound faith, which is also the teaching of Shinran.

#JodoShinshu #HonenShonin #PureLand #Amitabha #AmidaBuddha #Nembutsu #Nienfo #Shantao #ShinBuddhism #Sukhavati #Amituofo


"One who desires detachment from the delusive worlds of transmigration today should abandon the unattainable holy gate and should aspire toward entrance into the Pure Land gate where birth in the Pure Land is easily attained.

Incidentally, the holy gate is called the 'difficult path' and the Pure Land Gate the 'easy path'. To illustrate: the difficult path is akin to traversing a treacherous road on foot; the easy path corresponds to crossing the ocean on a ship. The sightless and lame are unable to travel an ardous route, but a ship will transport them with ease to the far shore.

Today, it is as if our vision of wisdom is impaired and our legs of religious discipline are paralyzed. There is no hope for trekking across the treacherous road, the difficult path of the holy gate. Only by the ship of the Primal Vow of Amida Buddha are we able to cross the delusive ocean of samsara to reach the shore of the Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss."
Honen Shonin, An Outline of the Doctrine for Birth in the Pure Land

#HonenShonin #PureLand #Amitabha #AmidaBuddha #Amituofo #NamoAmidaButsu #Nienfo #ShinBuddhism #JodoShinshu

"How should we repay Buddha Shakyamuni's benevolence? By attaining birth in the Pure Land through nembutsu. If we merely iddle away our existence, where is our resolve to extricate ourselves from the six delusive worlds? We must immediately awaken faith in Amida Buddha and free ourselves from the six delusive worlds of transmigration".
Honen Shonin, Commentary on the Three Sutras of Pure Land Buddhism

#AmidaBuddha #PureLand #Amitabha #Sukhavati #Amituofo #Amitayus #NamoAmidaBuddha #HonenShonin #JodoShinshu #ShinBuddhism

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This important article was recently revised and updated! In the article, "The Three Refuges in Jodo Shinshu" (check the link in the article!), and this one, "The Meaning of Arya Sangha in Jodo Shinshu", I explain how we take refuge in the Three Treasures (Buddha, Dharma, Sangha) at Amidaji temple and Amidaji Sangha. Those who wish to receive kieshiki (refuge ceremony) at Amidaji must read both articles.


#JodoShinshu #ThreeRefugesJodoShinshu #ShinBuddhism #PureLand #Amitabha #AmidaBuddha #Hongwanji
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