Showing posts with label HERE AND NOW. Show all posts
Showing posts with label HERE AND NOW. Show all posts

Thursday, December 25, 2014

The ever repeating „here and now” of Samsara

Like in the good movie, „Groundhog day”, the minds of unenlightened people dwell constantly in an  ever repeating „here and now”. Unfortunately, they like this ‚here and now’ so much that they even create spiritual ideologies to keep them focused on it. Being extremely attached to the ‚here and now’, they refuse to speak about death and rebirth, or the aspiration to be born in Amida’s Pure Land, calling it a reminiscent of folk religion or a distraction from the ‚here and now’. Unfortunately, they will also die one day, in the exact moment they dream about ‚here and now’ and will be born again, in another ‚here and now’ - the same here and now, but painted differently.

How sad this is…

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Again, on the "here and now" slogan

- fragment from a letter to a friend -

You say that the nembutsu of faith is too much related with death and afterlife and that you prefer something for the „here and now”. But this separation is only an illusion. In truth, death is not separated from the „here and now” as breath which comes out might not be followed by the breath which comes in.
In the „here and now” you can lose everything; in the „here and now” you or your loved ones can stop breathing, in the „here and now” you may suddenly find yourself in the afterlife, losing this human form, the chance of listening the Amida Dharma and receive faith. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

On the „here and now” slogan

Unenlightened beings never dwell in the „here and now”, but only dream in the „here and now”. They move, they live, they die and are born again in the „here and now” dream and slavery of samsara. Without rebirth in the Enlightened realm of Amida,  ordinary beings cannot hope for true awakening.

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