Discussion about Amitabha Buddhɑ
Takamaro_Shigaraki (1926 - 2014) was a Japanese Buddhist philosopher. Shigaraki is widely regarded as one of the most influential Buddhologists of the Jōdo Shinshū in the 20th century. The former president of Ryukoku University spent his career studying Pure Land Buddhism. He was been on the faculty of Ryukoku University, Kyoto, Japan, since 1958. He tried to clarify a contemporary meaning of Buddhism through looking into Shinran’s thought from a perspective of existentialism. Shigaraki has been influenced by the Protestant theologian Paul Tillich. Shigaraki tried the one hand, in the interpretation of Buddhism to go back to Shinran, on the other hand to question the solidified forms of organization of the Jodo Shinshu.
Shigaraki centers the Shin Buddhism to the question of enlightenment. We should develop faith in the Buddha Amitabha and so let us develop through his power to enlightenment. The aim of the Shin Buddhists is to develop Shinjin, confidence in the Buddha Amitabha. Shigaraki understood here Shinjin as the experience of clarity of mind. I would call this awakening (satori), an important step on the path to full enlightenment. In contrast, the question of life after death is meaningless to Shigaraki. Similarly, the question of paradise after death. Shigaraki tends to be an atheistic Buddhist, who is oriented on the state of knowledge of modern science.--Nobody60 (discuss • contribs) 17:47, 9 December 2014 (UTC)
Shinjin is the essence of Amitabha Buddhism. There is a close connection to Christianity. But the concept is difficult to grasp. What is Shinjin for you?
In "Rennyo - The Second Founder of Shin Buddhism" by Minor L. Rogers and Ann T. Rogers "says Honnyo Shonin's" letter of decision ": "The meaning of" faith "[Shinjin] is that we simply let go of the spirit of self-force and turn to Amida Tathagata steadfast and with one-directional hearts to save us with the birth in the Pure Land. "
I'm trying to translate these idea into my system of thought. Shinjin then is the practice of non-practicing. It is similar to the way of the evangelical Christians who just pray and leave the rest to God. Practicing the non-practicing one could call the practice of egolessness. In the Enlightenment the ego is dissolved. We live in the unit and it all happens by itself. This setting can also practiced specifically. That seems for me to be the way of the Jodo Shinshu.
This approach is apparently opposite to the way of the Buddha. Buddha taught a conscious effort and to practice single-minded. This is my way of priority. But sometimes it is also right for me to release my own will and simply faith in the salvation of my enlightened masters (God, Buddha Amitabha). My way is to feel what is just right for me in every moment. --Nobody60 (discuss • contribs) 17:47, 9 December 2014 (UTC)