More about Amida Shu Buddhism

Pureland icon“Only repeat the name of Amida with all your heart… This is the very work which unfailingly issues in liberation…” Honen Shonin

The essence of Amida Shu Buddhism is the same as is at the heart of all great spirituality: how we can put ourselves in relationship with unconditional love, and live a life that is open, spontaneous, compassionate and full of faith.

That great unconditional love is embodied by Amida, the Buddha of Infinite Life and Light. We recognise that as foolish human beings we are full of greed and hate and ignorance, and that we act selfishly and make many mistakes. Crucially we also recognise that we are completely acceptable and lovable in that condition. Just as we are.

In the language of Amida Shu Buddhism what we are accepted by is the love of the Buddhas, and Amida Buddha in particular. We practice reciting the Buddha’s name in order to allow some of the spirit of that great love into our lives.

In modern psychological terms, our practice is to allow the archetypal figure of Amida (completely wise and loving) to infect our unconscious mind – and to bring about a deep change at this level.

Practising in this way, our lives become more meaningful. As we recognise our nature as ordinary flawed and fallible human beings, we become more sympathetic to the failings of others. We feel loved and more able to love others in return.

Amida Shu Buddhism is a form of Pureland Buddhism, inspired by the Japanese tradition. Japanese Pureland Buddhism follows the teachings of Honen and Shinran, Buddhist priests of medieval Japan. Pureland Buddhism traces its roots back to the teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha who lived in Northern India and Nepal 2500 years ago.

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