Sunday, August 5, 2018

Suggested order of reading my texts and books for those new to Buddhism and Jodo Shinshu Buddhism

  Hondo(Dharma Hall) of Amidaji temple

Here is a suggested order for reading my texts and books if you want to get proper knowledge of general Buddhism and Jodo Shinshu Buddhism in particular:

INTRODUCTION
If you are interested in just some basic notions of general Buddhism and Jodo Shinshu teaching read this very short introduction -
Some General Notions of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, especially recommended to beginners

Then continue with these texts:

PART I - these articles will give you general knowledge of basic Buddhist teachings:

1)The Buddhist teaching on man, rebirth, and karma
2)There is no supreme creator god in the Buddha Dharma
3)Some Buddhist explanations on the origin and existence of the universe
4)Two questions on Buddha-nature and Samsara

PART II

The Four Profound Thoughts Which Turn the Mind Towards Amida Dharma 
(click here to get the free online edition)
This is a book in which, by contemplating the preciousness and rarity of birth in human form and meeting the Dharma, the impermanence of life and so called ”spiritual achievements”,  of karma and the sufferings of samsara, I try to offer you the reasons why you should entrust yourself to Amida Buddha and wish to be born in His Pure Land. It is an argument for the Jodo Shinshu Path (Amida Dharma).

The Meaning of Faith and Nembutsu in Jodo Shinshu Buddhism
(click here to get the free online edition)
This is a book in which I explain in great detail the Primal Vow (18th Vow) of Amida Buddha, which is considered the main vow of this Buddha and the central aspect of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism. You can also get in depth explanations of what is faith, Nembutsu, the benefits of faith, etc, as these are understood in Jodo Shinshu.

The True Teaching on Amida Buddha and His Pure Land
(click here to get the free online edition)
This is my attempt to counteract some of the most spread wrong views in the international sangha related with general Buddhist notions (articles 2,3,4 from part I are included) and Jodo Shinshu teachings on Amida Buddha and His Pure Land.
A good source to understand the nature of Amida Buddha and His Pure Land.

The 48 Vows of Amida Buddha
(click here to get the free online edition)
Here you can read an explanation of all the 48 Vows of Amida Buddha which are His ways of acting for the salvation of sentient beings. Who is Amida and His Pure Land in the words and vows of Amida Buddha himself.

Commentary on the Sutra on the Buddha of Infinite Life (Larger Sutra)
How to read the Larger Sutra through the eyes of faith in the Primal Vow.
(work in progress)

then you can continue with my other books from this link or check my entire collection of articles from the Table of Contents of this website.

and perhaps consider this test to check your understanding


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