River of Fire, River of Water: An Introduction to the Pure Land Tradition of Shin Buddhism

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Doubleday, 1998 - Pure Land Buddhism - 244 pages
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The Pure Land tradition dates back to the sixth century c.e., when Buddhism was first introduced in Japan. Unlike Zen, its counterpart which flourished in remote monasteries, the Pure Land tradition was the form of Buddhism practiced by common people. Consequently, its practice is harmonious with the workings of daily life, making it easily adaptable for seekers today. Despite the difference in method, though, the goal of Pure Land is the same as other schools -- the awakening of the true self.

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The book was very good and helped me have a much better understanding of Shin Buddhism then most other books I have read on the subject.


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