D. T. Suzuki was fascinated by Pure Land. He studied it and translated their writings in to English. He came to the conclusion that Zen and Pure Land Buddhism are the same.

"… the mind and heart of man preceded knowledge and wisdom…"

— "The Way of the Pilgrim", p.66

"The lamps are different, but the light is the same."

— Rumi

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"Heart of the Shin Buddhist Path"

“I believe that the traditional doctrine of Shin Buddhism must be reexamined, and in its place a new teaching must be formulated,” declares Takamaro Shigaraki in Heart of the Shin Buddhist Path: A Life of Awakening (Wisdom Publications, March 2013, $16.95, paper, 184 pp.). A philosopher and one of Japan’s leading Shin scholars, Shigaraki is known for his modern, existentialist approach to Shinran’s ancient teachings. The book is his attempt to divorce Shin Buddhism from the “abstract and sectarian doctrine” of the Japanese religious establishment and reassert it as a vital, relevant path of practice for today’s spiritual seekers. Shigaraki argues against dualistic, theistic understandings of Shin, particularly in the West, that conflate Shin and Christianity, the Pure Land and Heaven, and Amida Buddha and the Judeo-Christian God. He and his translator, David Matsumoto, eschew traditional translations of Japanese words—“faith” or “belief” for shinjin, for example—that feed false impressions of Shin Buddhism as a faith-based tradition. Instead, they leave shinjin, nembutsu, and other commonly misunderstood words untranslated, relying on the text as a whole to elucidate their meanings. Shigaraki also invokes Buddhist scholars like Dogen, Nagarjuna, and D.T. Suzuki to draw parallels between Shin and non-dual Japanese Buddhist traditions, especially Zen. Shigaraki’s fresh perspective on Shinran’s teachings is bound to spark renewed interest in Pure Land Buddhism, and he takes great care to explain difficult concepts. Still, those without some grounding in Shin will likely find Heart of the Shin Buddhist Path slow going.”

From Tricycle Magazine, summer 2013

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taoistophers asked you:

What is Shin Buddhism? I am curious.

It’s interesting you ask this just after posting the quote from John Tarrant, who is a Zen teacher, deeply steeped in western mythology/psychology, but sounds quite a bit like a Shin practitioner with these words (minus the…

"The world of dew
Is the world of dew
And yet, and yet …"

— Issa

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…. so with a boundless heart may one cherish all living beings, suffusing the whole world with unobstructed loving-kindness.

Standing or walking, sitting or lying down, during all one’s waking hours, may one remain mindful of this [boundless] heart …


— From the “Metta Sutta” and the heart