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River of Fire, River of Water; An Introduction to the Pure Land Tradition of Shin Buddihism
     

River of Fire, River of Water; An Introduction to the Pure Land Tradition of Shin Buddihism

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by Taitetsu Unno
 

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With great spiritual insight and unparalleled scholarship, Dr. Taitetsu Unno--the foremost authority in the United States on Shin or Pure Land Buddhism--introduces us to the most popular form of Buddhism in Japan. Unique among the various practices of Buddhism, this "new" form of spiritual practice is certain to enrich the growing practice of Buddhism

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With great spiritual insight and unparalleled scholarship, Dr. Taitetsu Unno--the foremost authority in the United States on Shin or Pure Land Buddhism--introduces us to the most popular form of Buddhism in Japan. Unique among the various practices of Buddhism, this "new" form of spiritual practice is certain to enrich the growing practice of Buddhism in the United States, which is already quite familiar with Zen and Tibetan traditions. River of Fire, River of Water is the first introduction to the practice of Pure Land Buddhism from a trade publisher and is written for readers with or without prior experience with it.

The Pure Land tradition dates back to the sixth century c.e., when Buddhism was first introduced in Japan. Unlike Zen, its counterpart which flourished in remote monasteries, the Pure Land tradition was the form of Buddhism practiced by common people. Consequently, its practice is harmonious with the workings of daily life, making it easily adaptable for seekers today. Despite the difference in method, though, the goal of Pure Land is the same as other schools--the awakening of the true self.

Certain to take its place alongside great works such as Three Pillars of Zen, The Miracle of Mindfulness, and Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind--River of Fire, River of Water is an important step forward for American Buddhism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385485111
Publisher:
The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/01/1998
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Taitetsu Unno, Ph.D., lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he is Jill Ker Conway Professor of Religion at Smith College. He is active as a lecturer on Japanese Buddhism, religion, and culture.

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River of Fire, River of Water; An Introduction to the Pure Land Tradition of Shin Buddihism 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Shin Buddhism was the first type of Buddhism introduced to America and remains one of the largest groups. However, many people are unaware of this beautiful tradition, which, unlike the monastically-derived Theravada, Zen, and Tibetan Vajrayana, is an entirely lay-oriented Buddhism. As Tai Unno shows in clear, personable language, Shin Buddhism aims to awaken the ordinary person in their everyday life, incorporating spouses, children, jobs, chores, taxes, and all of life into the proces of unfolding enlightenment. This book is intellectually rigorous, spiritually penetrating, and informed by a deep trust in the power of Buddhism to help ever the most confused, ignorant people. I highly recommend it to everyone with an interest in Buddhism.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some in the West dismiss Pure Land Buddhism both as a perversion of Buddhism and, in its Shin form, as too familiar in its doctrine of faith, uninteresting in either case. Unno's book is a gentle but powerful corrective, giving Shin Buddhism its rightful place in Mahayana thought and in human experience.
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