Thursday, October 27, 2011

Right on, Rev. Sato - appreciating Honen, part one

In our weekly study class we’re just starting to discuss Honen (1133-1212) and I found a great description of the historical background of Honen in Kemmyo Taira Sato’s book Great Living. In the introductory section “The Pure Encounter Between Master and Disciple,” Rev. Sato gives Honen his proper due (which I think is way over-due in Jodo Shinshu circles) as the person who found in the Pure Land teachings what he was searching for years and years – the essence of the Buddha’s awakening to all lives as equal and worthy.

Rev. Sato’s book is a commentary on Tannisho and so far I’m finding it very appealing to my nerdy interest in textual analysis because he brings a lot of scholarly research to his presentation. I know him to be a very devout person, but in the book he doesn’t keep banging you over the head with “shinjin this and shinjin that” as other devoutly written commentaries tend to do.

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