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“The current Western interest in Buddhism focuses primarily on the path of Sages [i.e. path of worldly…
May 10th, 2013
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"The current Western interest in Buddhism focuses primarily on the path of Sages [i.e. path of worldly renunciation, i.e. path from monastic traditions]; especially attractive are the great variety of meditative practices not found in Western religions, such as Zen, Tibetan Buddhism, and Vipassana. This path seems to appeal to those who seek self-development, self-esteem, self-confidence, self-expression, self-control, and that is fine, but one must also know that this is contrary to the goal of Buddhism practice. As Mark Epstein correctly puts it, `In Buddhism, the impenetrable, separate, and individuated self is more of the problem than a solution.' But no-self (anatta, anatman) does not simply mean the obliteration of the self; rather, it is attachment to the fiction of self that is to be negated."  
— Taitetsu Unno, Shin Buddhism: Bits of Rubble Turn into Gold.


There is nothing essential to obliterate… There is no 'self' to obliterate…
Only a mere narrative, about some 'self', is to be cut through!
"The path is easy but few are those who take it."


#Buddhism   #Pureland  
(image: detail from the scroll "Shinran" by © Shuhoh Ohta.
 Shinran (1173–1263) is the founder of Jōdo Shinshū, or Shin Buddhism)