Clara comments (in part):
I understand your position. Ending suffering the way you have found practical: Shinran’s doctrine, Shin.
What I question is how you can touch your audience, your readers, unless they are already Buddists and -like you were once - tired of not getting liberation from walking the self-power paths.
How can a non Buddhist (reader) can relate to your words…even a happy Zennist or Vajrayanist or Theravadin, who is still far from giving up?.
You may say that these are not relevant questions because karma rules who is to approach Shin and who is not. But I say that karma does not operate in the void, but through all events, like asking and answering such kind of questions.
Hi Clara -
The key to your question above is in your asking how someone who is far from giving up on their path (buddhist or not), and happy in what they are doing, will relate to Shinran’s plain talk.
Often enough Buddha would answer the endless questions of inquirers with what is described as “Noble Silence”. Understanding WHY he did so will answer YOUR questions, I believe, better than anything I could say. (more…)