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Naturalness: A Classic of Shin Buddhism
author: Kenryo Kanamatsu
Subject(s): Approx. Grade Level
Eastern Religion
10 – 11 / Lexile measure: 1190L)
Format: Size / page count:
Paperback 5.5" × 8.5" / 152 pages
ISBN: Date available:
978-0-941532-29-7 Available now

Shin, or Pure Land, Buddhism is the most popular form of Buddhism in Japan. It emphasizes the ritual recitation of the Nembutsu, the name of the Amitabha Buddha. Although it is less well known in the West than Zen Buddhism or Tibetan Buddhism, its message of holy freedom, or naturalness, which arises when we sincerely attach ourselves to Buddha Amida’s saving will, has been a way of spiritual awakening for multitudes of ordinary Japanese since the sixth century A.D., when Buddhism first came to Japan. Combining the learning of a philosopher with the sensitivity of a poet, Kanamatsu shows us how we may unite with the Buddha-Nature even in the ordinary activities of everyday life. This inspiring book is more than an introduction to the essence of Shin Buddhism; it is a profound exploration of the relationship between man and Amida Buddha, who is pure mercy.


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