TABLE OF CONTENTS

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I. BUDDHIST EXPLANATIONS OF THE WORLD
There is no supreme creator god in the Buddha Dharma
Some Buddhist explanations on the origin and existence of the universe
Two questions on Buddha-nature and Samsara
The six realms of samsaric existence
On the powerful pretas (hungry spirits) who wish to dominate other beings through religion
Belief in a creator god is an obstacle to shinjin (faith in Amida Buddha)
Question and answer on samsaric realms and the Pure Land
Some elements of Buddhist Cosmology (most of the above articles in one paper)

II. KARMA
The Buddhist teaching on man, rebirth, and karma
The influence of past karma and the impossibility of becoming a Buddha in this life
Karmic evils do not create hindrance to birth in the Pure Land

III. ARTICLES ABOUT AMIDA BUDDHA AND HIS PURE LAND
About Amida Buddha and His Pure Land
The Story of Amida Buddha as told by Shakyamuni Buddha
If Amida's Primal Vow is true...
The Infinite Life of Amida Buddha - explanation of the 13th Vow
The Infinite Light of Amida Buddha - explanation of the 12th Vow
The Three Bodies (Aspects) of Amida Buddha
Master T'an-luan on Amida Buddha and His Pure Land (the doctrine of the Two Buddha Bodies)
The Relation between the Doctrine of the "Two Buddha Bodies" and "Three Buddha Bodies" (Trikaya) of Amida Buddha
The grave karmic consequence of denying the transcendent reality of Amida Buddha
Amida as the eternal Buddha and the Buddha described in the Larger Sutra
Amida is not an abstract concept but a living Buddha
Those who deny the existence of Amida don't have shinjin - some simple explanations
Amida is a real Buddha - video teaching by Paul Roberts
Honen Shonin on Amida Buddha
 The Safe Enlightened Realm of Amida Buddha
The Pure Land in the teaching of Jodo Shinshu
Pure Land as a state of consciousness or a real place?
The manifestations of the Pure Land - short explanations of the 32nd Vow of Amida Buddha
The Pure Land of Amida reveals in its Light all the Buddha lands - explanation of the 31st Vow of Amida Buddha
The two aspects of the Pure Land
Trees of Enlightenment
The reason for the western location of the Pure Land and its wonderful description in the sutras
Does the Pure Land really exists?
What part of our mind goes to the Pure Land?
Five conditions for birth in the Pure Land of Amida Buddha
A collection of passages on the true meaning of birth in the Pure Land of Amida Buddha
Larger Amida Sutra - anime
Smaller Amida Sutra - anime

IV. SHAKYAMUNI BUDDHA
The purpose of Shakyamuni Buddha's coming to this world
The smartest guy in the room
Life of Shakyamuni Buddha (anime)

V. SHINRAN SHONIN
Life of Shinran Shonin (video)
Shinran - a manifestation of Amida Buddha and Avalokitesvara
Final words of Shinran Shonin
Eshinni and Kakushinni - the Mothers of Jodo Shinshu

VI. THREE DHARMA AGES
The three Dharma ages
Jodo Shinshu - the only effective path in this last Dharma age

VII. SHINJIN (FAITH) AND NEMBUTSU
The four profound thoughts that turn the mind towards the Dharma
Preciousness of human birth
Aspiration to become a Buddha - the most important matter
Don't rely on "all beings will eventually become Buddhas"
Entering the Jodo Shinshu Path
Only for me, Shinran
The miracle of Jodo Shinshu
Our Path is simple
The effect is similar to the cause - difference between the Path of self-power and the Pure Land Path
Don't do many things, just focus on the recquirements of the Primal Vow
Concentrate exclusively on Amida Buddha
A short question and answer on worshipping Maitreya and Amida Buddha
What is the meaning of faith (shinjin) and nembutsu
Some elements of genuine faith in Amida Buddha
Five conditions for birth in the Pure Land of Amida Buddha
Nembutsu of faith and gratitude
The Nembutsu of faith - the genuine saying of the Name of Amida Buddha
The dream world and the nembutsu of faith
Understanding shinjin - video teaching by Paul Roberts
The three pillars of Jodo Shinshu - video teaching by Paul Roberts
Shinjin - our part and Amida's part, video teaching by Paul Roberts
Unenlightened beings are not the same with Amida Buddha
A question on shinjin (faith) and Amida's attainment of Buddhahood
All Buddhas praise the Name of Amida Buddha - explanation of the 17th Vow
Three Vows of salvation - explanation of the 18th, 19th and 20th Vows of Amida Buddha
The so called "exclusion" in the Primal Vow of Amida
Birth in the borderland of the Pure Land - commentary on the 17th chapter of Tannisho
No discrimination of women in the salvation of Amida Buddha - explanation of the 35th Vow
The peace and happiness of shinjin - explanation of the 33rd Vow
Beings who have faith in Amida dwell in the definitely assured state and immediately attain Nirvana after birth in the Pure Land - explanation of the 11th Vow of Amida Buddha
The certainty of attaining Enlightenment in the Pure Land
On the Buddhas who manifest as Bodhisattvas (article related with my explanations of the 22nd Vow of Amida Buddha)
Returning from the Pure Land - explanation of the 22nd Vow of Amida Buddha
Equal to Maitreya Buddha
The salvation offered by Amida Buddha is beyond conceptual understanding
Shinjin is not mind created
Question: How can one know that he received shinjin if he has no access to a temple and priest?
Just say the Name in faith
Nembutsu does not work because of us
Faith is simple, nothing special
Do not associate shinjin (faith) with any special feelings or states of mind
Depend on Amida, not on your feelings
Emotional instability does not mean absence of faith
Questions and answer on intelectual obstacles to shinjin (faith)
Shinjin: knowing, not experiencing
Do not rely on your spiritual evolution
A bad Buddhist who entrusts to Amida
Realizing our limitations in daily life
Don't play smart in Samsara
Jump in the arms of Amida
Do not worry about wandering thoughts
About your thoughts and bad tendencies that do not stop after receiving shinjin
How can the ego become a Buddha?
The ten benefits in this life of a nembutsu follower
Shinjin and Buddha-nature
Bodhi Mind in Jodo Shinshu Buddhism 
The merit transference from Amida Buddha to those who entrust to Him
Faith and nembutsu are not our creations
Two questions on "faith and nembutsu are not our creation"
The Name of Amida Buddha is the Great Practice 
Question: discrimination in the saving activity of Amida?
The alaya storehouse consciousness and faith in Amida Buddha
Repentance and the Nembutsu of Faith
"Good" for birth in the Pure Land
Those who deny the existence of Amida don't have shinjin (faith)
Enjoy the taste of nembutsu
Four misconceptions concerning the nembutsu
Self power as obstacle to nembutsu
Many recitations of nembutsu - a question
Saying nembutsu as many times as we like - a story
No meditation, just nembutsu
I don't miss meditation since I met the Primal Vow
A short Dharma dialogue on meditation in relation with Jodo Shinshu
We cannot mix nembutsu with zazen
My answer to a comment comparing Zen with Jodo Shinshu
No zazen here for this ignorant man
Nembutsu recitation (audio)
Difference between Jodoshu and Jodo Shinshu
Complete peace of mind

VIII. DIVERGENCES FROM THE JODO SHINSHU TEACHING
If nembutsu is true and real
If Amida's Primal Vow is true...
What do I mean by "modern heresies"?
The "western mind" excuse for slandering the Amida Dharma
Why do I call myself an orthodox priest
Belief in a creator god is an obstacle to shinjin
The story of Amida Buddha as told by Shakyamuni
My responsibility
Rights versus Dharma responsability
Compassion as the motivation for correcting wrong views
False statement of Kiyozawa Manshi
Guard the gates of the temple
Do not use Amida Dharma for worldly matters
Official position of Hongwanji on the matter of after death birth in the Pure Land
Amida is not an abstract concept, but a living Buddha
Notes on the 16th European Shinshu Conference
Those who deny the existence of Amida don't have shinjin - some simple explanations
The grave karmic consequence of denying the transcendent reality of Amida Buddha
The reason for the western location of the Pure Land and its wonderful description in the sutras
The Pure Land in the teaching of Jodo Shinshu
A collection of passages on the true meaning of birth in the Pure Land of Amida Buddha
Honen Shonin on Amida Buddha
Amida is a real Buddha - video teaching by Paul Roberts
Amidaji is strictly a Jodo Shinshu temple - short discussion between me and Zuio Inagaki Sensei
On the wrong view of regarding one's teacher as a manifestation of a Buddha or a Master
Build barricades of true Shinshu Dharma in your own town and country
Against the view that the Pure Land sutras are not Shakyamuni's teaching, but a later invention
Does the Pure Land really exists?
Next European Shinshu Conference supposed to be held in Romania was cancelled
Exclusion from the German sangha due to my uncompromising attitude against modern divergences
Which teachers are actually worth listening to?
A Dharma dialogue on modern divergences from the Jodo Shinshu teaching
More on modern divergences from the Jodo Shinshu teaching
A book by Unno is denied access to the library of Tariki Dojo
Reactions to my criticism of Unno's writing (part1)
Reactions to my criticism of Unno's writing (part2)
Against Shigaraki's false teachings
Kobai Sensei's statement (video): Amida is a true and real Buddha, not a fictional character
Reactions against Kobai Sensei's statement and my answers (part1)
Reactions against Kobai Sensei's statement and my answers (part2)
Some discussions on the nature of Amida Buddha
Letter to a non-Jodo Shinshu friend about modern heresies and respect for all Buddhist schools
Thoughts on the teaching of Doctrine within the Hongwanji-ha (Nishi Hongwanji) organisation in recent years, by Eiken Kobai Sensei
On the wrong view of regarding one's teacher as a manifestation of a Buddha or a Master

IX. LISTENING THE TEACHING
A few verses on the right attitude of hearing the Amida Dharma
Rennyo Shonin on sangha - what can we learn from him
Listen deeply - video teaching by Paul Roberts
Some elements of listening deeply to Amida Dharma 
Dharma discussions versus debates
It is difficult...
Do not place your teacher on a pedestal
A test for your understanding of the Jodo Shinshu teaching

X. DEATH AND IMPERMANENCE
You are not your body
Impermanence and death
Shinjin is freedom from death
Immediate Buddhahood for ordinary people without passing through Bardo
State of mind in the moment of death
Question: what part of our mind goes to the Pure Land?
Because you are an ordinary person
On the "here and now" slogan
Again on the "here and now" slogan
Do NOT have patience
Time for practice
The meaning of Obon - festival of the dead
Death barrier
Brutal awareness
Intense awareness of impermanence
Disgusted with Samsara
On "White Ashes"
Solve the matter of death and after-death now

XI. ETHICS/PRECEPTS AND JODO SHINSHU
No self-improving programs for Jodo Shinshu followers
The meaning of "there are no precepts"
Words of Rennyo useful for meat eaters
Again on Jodo Shinshu ethics

XII. PERSONAL EXPERIENCES
The right attitude of mind when working for Amidaji
A vision with Amida Buddha
Enjoy the presence of the Buddhas
Sincere letter to a nice and virtuous Buddhist practitioner
Ordination as a way to the lower realms or the Pure Land
Thoughts on what is really important and joy of being a priest
Why do I shave my head
Chanting in the middle of personal chaos
The only path for me
I was a "good" Buddhist
The most important words for me
A short question and answer on the home altar 

XIII. PARABLES AND STORIES
The parable of the two rivers and the white path
A story of Shinran's meeting with a hungry ghost
Kitagaki - a person of shinjin

XIV. DOJO/TEMPLE
Amidaji - work plan and progress until now
Articles, news and photos related with the construction of Amidaji temple
Guard the gates of the temple
Beyond physical and ideological barriers
My Dharma activities go beyond any affiliation and institution
Amidaji is strictly a Jodo Shinshu temple - short discussion between me and Zuio Inagaki Sensei
The Three Refuges in Jodo Shinshu
The meaning of Arya Sangha in Jodo Shinshu
Sangha as spiritual friendship
Ryogemon - Jodo Shinshu Creed
Question: are gay and lesbians welcomed in the dojo or temple?
The nembutsu meetings in the Romanian Jodo Shinshu sangha
Rules of the dojo/temple
Why do we need discipline in a dojo or temple?
Traditional respect toward one's teacher



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