“The cause of human suffering is undoubtedly found in the thirsts of the physical body and in the illusions of worldly passion. If these thirsts and illusions are traced to their source, they are found to be rooted in the intense desires of physical instincts.”
“The Teaching of Buddha” P.38
Fri-Sun, 26-28 Nov 2021｜Starting Fri, 26 Nov, 2:00 pm｜Online
Rev. Dr. David MATSUMOTO 松本デービッド先生 (President, Institute of Buddhist Studies)
“The Narrative Structure of Tannishō: Portrayals of Other Power and self-power in Shin Buddhist Life”
Participation is free. Please register by email to nottelmann_AT_eko-haus.de
Tannishō is one of the most popular texts in the Jōdo Shinshū tradition. Written by Yuien, a follower of Shinran Shōnin, the bold and often challenging words of this "razor-edged scripture" have intrigued nembutsu practicers throughout the years. The text is, moreover, a captivating work literature, the impact of which has been felt far beyond the boundaries of Shin Buddhism.
Most studies of Tannishō focus on its dramatic doctrinal declarations, such as, "Even a good person attains birth in the Pure Land, so it goes without saying that an evil person will" or "Hell is decidedly my home." In this seminar we will emphasize the narrative structure of Tannishō, which is formed by Yuien's records of messages, exchanges and stories involving Shinran and his followers. We will consider how that structure offers stories or portrayals of the multiple levels at which the mind of Other Power and the mind of self-power operate within the thoughts, actions, and lives of Shin Buddhists.
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