Other Buddhism: Amida Comes West

Other Buddhism: Amida Comes West

by Caroline Brazier


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Other Buddhism: Amida Comes West by Caroline Brazier

The Pureland schools are the largest Buddhist denominations in Japan, and yet this approach to Buddhism is hardly known in the West. Pureland centres on our relationship with Amida Buddha, the embodiment of measureless love, light and life. It offers a fresh view of spirituality, recognizing us in our mundane lives, whilst lifting us into relationship with the eternal. As ordinary people, we cannot fathom our own depths nor can we know the immensity of the universe. We can but stand in awe and reach out to what we intuitively know to be beyond the small orbit of our lives. Pureland is a path of simplicity and beauty, poetry and nature. It is the path of faith.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781846940521
Publisher: Mantra Books
Publication date: 09/25/2007
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.68(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Preface     1
A Bitter Sweet World     10
Snakes, Dragons and Fathomless Depths     30
Dependence and Gratitude     55
Jiriki and Tariki     75
A Relational Psychology     101
Lack and Longing     126
Faith and the Engagement with Other     147
The Gate of Contrition     174
Patacara and Kisagotami: Grief, Loss and the Discovery of Faith     198
Encountering Other: Life before Death     217
Nembutsu in a Grieving World     238
Dancing in the Light     261
Glossary     281
Bibliography     286
Index     290

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