Great Faith, Great Wisdom

Practice and Awakening in the Pure Land Sutras of Mahayana Buddhism

By Ratnaguna Hennessey

Translator: Shraddhapa Welsh

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Ratnaguna presents a commentary on the three Pure Land Sutras. Looking at them as a practising Buddhist inspired by the Sutras, he shows how they describe Sukhavati and Amitabha/Amitayus,and Sukhavati's relationship with faith and practice. Includes translations of the three Pure Land sutras by Buddhist scholar Shraddhapa Welsh.

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Windhorse Publications

Windhorse Publications is a Buddhist charitable company based in the UK. They seek to produce accessible and relevant books of high quality for all those interested in Buddhism at whatever level. They are the main publisher of Sangharakshita, the founder of the Triratna Buddhist Order. They seek to draw on the whole range of the Buddhist tradition, including translations of traditional texts, commentaries, biographies of Buddhists, and works on meditation.

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Ratnaguna presents a commentary on the three Pure Land Sutras - the Shorter and Longer Sukhavati-vyuha Sutras and the Amitayur-Dhyana Sutra. Looking at them as a practising Buddhist inspired by the Sutras, he shows how they describe Sukhavati and Amitabha/Amitayus, Sukhavati's relationship with faith and practice, explain how they came about (a 'mythical history'), and tell us how we can be reborn there. The Sutras all discuss the aspiration to be reborn in Sukhavati but can also be understood metaphorically - rebirth taking place in this very life, and Sukhavati being a description of the Enlightened Mind. The Sutras put forward a path of faith and grace, as well as effort and practice. Using a practical and imaginative approach, Ratnaguna explores the main themes from the texts, including the '3-fold Goodness' or '3 acts of merit' necessary to be reborn into Sukhavati, and the 13 meditations given by the Buddha. This book will appeal to both practising Buddhists and anyone interested in Buddhism from a practical point of view.Includes translations of the three Pure Land sutras by Buddhist scholar Shraddhapa Welsh.

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Format Multiple Formats
Imprint Windhorse Publications
Publication Date 4 Mar 2016
SKU 9781909314566-grouped
Number of Pages 1

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