TRUE AND REAL TEACHING

KYOGYOSHINSHO – ORIGINAL CHAPTER TITLES

淨 土 真 實 教 行 信 證

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TRUE AND REAL – a description repeatedly emphasized in all his expositions…

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Revealing the TRUE AND REAL Pure Land Teaching 
Revealing the TRUE AND REAL Pure Land Practice 
Revealing the TRUE AND REAL Pure Land Shinjin 
Revealing the TRUE AND REAL Pure Land Realization

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TRUE AND REAL (真 實)- This is a description repeatedly emphasized over and over again by Master Shinran throughout all his classical writings, starting as quoted above, with the title of each chapter of his truly marvelous magnum opus The KyoGyoShinSho. He wants to strongly impress upon us the TRUE AND REAL existence of Amida Buddha and His Fulfilled Pure Land – His TRUE AND REAL enlightenment – pleading with us to listen deeply and reflect on his teachings.

JodoShinshu, The True Pure Land Way taught by Master Shinran requires a follower to take refuge single-mindedly in a TRUE AND REAL Amida Buddha and His TRUE AND REAL Fulfilled Land. It is the natural teaching of TRUE AND REAL entrusting (Shinjin, 真 實 信 心), specifically bestowed by Amida Buddha on foolish persons incapable of difficult practices and therefore must necessarily take as essential these TRUE AND REAL manifestations.

Yet, “the monks and laity of this Dharma-ending Age and religious teachers of these times are floundering in concepts of ‘self-nature’ and ‘mind only’ and they disparaged the true realization of enlightenment in the Pure Land Way”. These wrong concepts, prevalent among other Mahayana traditions, particularly Zen, suggest that Amida Buddha is not a real Buddha and the Pure Land is not a real place but just in the mind.

It is really preposterous for anyone to take refuge in a Buddha who is not TRUE AND REAL and a Pure Land that is not TRUE AND REAL. It is a great pity that the repeated emphasis of TRUE AND REAL (真 實) throughout Master Shinran’s expositions have fallen on many deaf ears of persons who most definitely have not HEARD what he is talking about.

Outright false teachings – that go so far as to teach that Amida Buddha is a fictional character, a myth and that the Pure Land is not a real place, but a state of consciousness attainable here and now – come both from other Buddhists traditions and from within JodoShinshu. These absolutely wrong views – that deny the TRUE AND REAL existence of Amida Buddha and His Pure Land – cast doubts in the minds of Pure Land followers and become major hindrances for them to accept the Shinjin of Amida Buddha. They strongly obstruct the only path possible for these followers to get out of samsara, the endless cycle of pain and suffering.

False teachings taught in other Buddhists sects, are certainly regrettable but since they are just propagating their own deluded self-power practice methods, at least they do not identify themselves as JodoShinshu. These false teachings are harmful poisons administered from outside, hindering the acceptance of TRUE AND REAL Shinjin by many who are searching for the only Dharma medicine available.

If we are truthful followers of JodoShinshu, then it is essential that we are wholeheartedly guided by the wonderful teachings of Master Shinran and do not bring in false ideas from other traditions and mixing them with the pristine teachings on Amida Buddha.

However, it is truly sad and lamentable that – hiding behind the facade as teachers of JodoShinshu – many of them, particularly those from the West, have been propagating these toxic teachings under the auspices of JodoShinshu temples.

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False teachers within JodoShinshu – who are mostly respected scholars and learned teachers mixing the True Pure Land teachings with false concepts from other traditions – are set to destroy from within, the aspiration and acceptance of  TRUE AND REAL Shinjin – the only viable path for utterly ignorant, incapable persons of this Dharma–ending Age. They try to out-smart Master Shinran by blatantly reinterpreting his teachings and cause immeasurable damage to the Shinjin of unsuspecting listeners.

Denying the TRUE AND REAL existence of Amida Buddha and His Pure Land, is certainly severe slandering of the Right Dharma – a grave offense that caused these false teachers along with their students to be totally deaf to the message of TRUE AND REAL salvation promised in The Primal Vow of Amida Buddha.

It is a great pity and utterly sad that many followers, already at door of salvation, are karmically linked to these false teachers within JodoShinshu; living their lives in vain without even coming close to accepting the precious gift of Shinjin from Amida Buddha.

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This TRUE AND REAL Teaching of Master Shinran is unmistakable, loudly and clearly repeated throughout his expositions. Only those who are completely deaf to this Right Dharma would fail to HEAR it. Let us listen, listen deeply to this incomparable message of salvation and receive the TRUE AND REAL inconceivable gift of Shinjin from a TRUE AND REAL Buddha – Amida Buddha.

May those who are now under the spell of false teachings conjured by false JodoShinshu teachers – after listening deeply to this TRUE AND REAL message – quickly abandon these false teachers and HEAR:

The Call of Boundless Compassion

Namo-Amida-Butsu   南 無 阿 彌 陀 佛
Namo-Amida-Butsu   南 無 阿 彌 陀 佛
Namo-Amida-Butsu   南 無 阿 彌 陀 佛

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