Friday, August 7, 2020

AMIDAJI BOOKSTORE - ENGLISH BOOKS



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AMIDA DHARMA - the essential doctrine of Amidaji International Temple, by Josho Adrian Cirlea
This book represents the essence of Jodo Shinshu Buddhist teaching as it is taught at Amidaji temple and in our international Sangha. Its study is an obligation for any follower. If somebody can’t read it, it will be read to him by the priest or one of the Dharma colleagues.

Amida Dharma contains the minimum knowledge recquired for a member of Amidaji. It is a simple book without quotations and technical terms, limited to what is strictly necesary to understand the world of repeated births and deaths (samsara) and the Path to escape from it.

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The Meaning of Faith and Nembutsu in Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, by Rev Josho Adrian Cirlea

This book is, as the title shows, an attempt to explain the meaning of faith and Nembutsu in accordance with the teaching of our school. It contains a very detailed explanation of the Primal Vow of Amida Buddha, sentence by sentence, word by word, and other important teachings and explanations related with faith (shinjin) and nembutsu (the saying of the Name of Amida Buddha). 

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The Four Profound Thoughts which Turn the Mind Towards Amida Dharma, by Rev Josho Adrian Cirlea 

This book offers a detailed explanation and deep contemplation on the basic Buddhist teachings of 1) the preciousness of human birth, 2) impermanence and death, 3) karma, and 4) the suffering of the various samsaric states of existence (including bardo), all in relation with Amida Buddha's undiscriminative salvation. 

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The Path Between the Thorns - The Spiritual Autobiography of a Jodo Shinshu Buddhist Priest, by Rev Josho Adrian Cirlea 

I called this book The Path Between the Thorns because for me, the 18 years since I became a priest where a constant fighting and struggle against inner and outer obstacles placed in my way by my own delusions as well as proponents of wrong views. I am happy to say that despite all these, I have never lost my Path, and although the thorns sometimes hurt my feet, I always knew the right direction to take as Amida Buddha and the true teaching of Shakyamuni and the lineage Masters were always my guiding light. 

(the spiritual journey of Rev Josho Adrian Cirlea, the founder of Amidaji International Temple)

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Simple Teachings on Emptiness and Buddha nature, by Rev Josho Adrian Cirlea

All sentient beings have Buddha nature. This Buddha nature is now obscured, but it has always been there. Obscured Buddha nature may become unobscured Buddha nature if the obscurations are purified, and they will be automatically purified when we are born in the Pure Land of Amida Buddha. There, in that Enlightened realm, everything is conducive to Enlightenment, unlike here, in samsara, where everything is conducive to more obscurations, blind passions and suffering.

To practice for the attainment of Enlightenment in this samsaric environment is like trying to melt ice by placing it in the snow, while to be born in the Pure Land is like putting ice into a powerful stove. The ice of our obscurations will be melted by the Enlightened Power of Amida and His Pure Land, thus revealing our innate Buddha nature with its myriad qualities.

Perhaps by clearing up the confusions brought by false teachers who talk about emptiness and Buddha nature in a way that leads to nihilistic and materialistic views, my readers will be able to discover the joy of faith and true aspiration for that wonderful ultimate Reality of Wisdom, Compassion and unconditional Freedom where Amida and all Buddhas are guiding us through the Pure Land teaching.

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Commentary on the Sutra on the Buddha of Infinite Life, by Rev Josho Adrian Cirlea

This is not an academic, secular or historical study, but a religious commentary. Its goal is to explain in easy to understand terms the deep meaning of the Larger Sutra so that people can receive faith in Amida Buddha and be born in His Pure Land after death. 

There are many ways to read the Larger Sutra and various layers of interpretation, which is why different types of practitioners benefit from it - those who choose to focus on Amida Buddha but still cling to their self-power like followers of the 19th and 20th Vows, as well as followers of the Primal Vow (18th) who rely exclusively on Amida’s power.
However, because Jodo Shinshu is the school of the Primal Vow, this commentary and explanation is written from the perspective of the Primal Vow and the complete reliance on the Power of Amida Buddha.
  
Members and followers of Amidaji temple should look to this commentary as their guide in reading and studying the Larger SutraA new and revised explanation of the 48 vows is included in this book.

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The True Teaching on Amida Buddha and His Pure Land, 
by Rev Josho Adrian Cirlea

The Dharma is the supreme medicine given by the Buddha, the supreme Doctor, and in receiving it we must have the attitude of humble patients whose health and salvation depend totally upon the Doctor’s prescription and proper administration of the medicine. If we are priests or teachers we simply cannot be careless with people’s salvation from birth and death, just like a good pharmacist does not give poison to those who come to him looking for the medicine prescribed by their doctor.
As long as we ourselves are not Doctors (Enlighted beings/Buddhas) we should also not change the Medicine (the Dharma), but instead act as the good pharmacist and give to others exactly what the Doctor has prescribed. Trully, Amida Dharma is not our property and in dealing with it, we should act only as transmitters, not creators of the teaching. This is exactly what I am trying to do in this book – to show the true teaching about Amida Buddha and His Pure Land, while also counteracting some of the most spread wrong views of our time.

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The Path of Acceptance - Commentary on Tannisho, by Rev Josho Adrian Cirlea

This book is an adaptation of my Dharma talks on the sacred text of Tannisho – Notes on Lamenting Divergences, given  at Tariki Dojo Craiova during the usual days of practice. Each chapter is explained in easy to   understand terms so that to be accesible to beginers and the general public. 

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Worshipping Amida Buddha - Hymns and Liturgies of Amidaji temple, 
by Rev Josho Adrian Cirlea

All parts of this book, every word and explanation are intended to help you focus exclusively on Amida Buddha and remember Him in all aspects of your daily life. Although it is dedicated to the Sangha of Amidaji International Temple, I hope that non-members will also find it useful. No initiation or empowerment are needed to follow the liturgies and instructions presented here, so feel free to pick and choose what you like. 

In the book you will find all our liturgies and hymns with phonetic transcriptions and English translations as well as useful advices on how to worship Amida Buddha, how to arrange an altar, how to make offerings, how to help non-human beings (hungry ghosts, bardo beings, animals, etc) and many other useful instructions.



The Larger Sutra on the Buddha of Infinite Life in which the story of Amida Buddha and His saving activity is revealed by Shakyamuni Buddha. Shinran Shonin considered this sutra to be the true reason for Shakyamuni's appearing into this world.
The translator, Hisao Inagaki Sensei, kindly donated many copies of this edition to be sold as fundraising for the building of Amidaji Temple Romania.


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