This weekend retreat will draw on the Shoshinge, a central text of Jodo Shinshu, the largest Pure Land school of Buddhism in Japan. This text expounds the core teachings of the school and lists the great masters of the tradition, showing how each contributed to its development.
In particular we will focus on a passage linked to the Japanese master Genshin: GOKU JIU AKU NIN YUI SHO BUTSU / GA YAKU ZAI HI SES-SHU CHIU / BON NO SHO GEN SUI FU KEN / DAI HI MU KEN JO SHO GA which broadly translates as: The person of heavy, evil karma needs only to say 'Buddha'. I, too, am in the middle of that embrace. The dust of blind passions clouds my eyes. [but] the light of great compassion untiringly shines upon me.'
During the weekend we will explore this passage and its context in the Shoshinge through chanting Shoshinge itself and the nembutsu, by sharing our understanding, discussing its meanings for us and giving time to periods of reflection.
The theme of the light and clouds is one that is found in many spiritual traditions, and one that most of us can relate to. The images of this passage offer a way of reflecting on how we experience difficulties in our lives and how a firm sense of trust (shinjin) can help us through them. These reflections can lead us into an understanding of the role of the nenbutsu as the concrete expression of that trust - and as a practice that is at the heart of the Pure Land path.
The Retreat will be led by Enrique Galvan-Alvarez and Caroline Brazier who both ordained as priests in Jodo Shinshu last July
Details: the retreat is residential starting Friday evening through till Sunday afternoon. Booking is essential.
Cost: by donation (our suggested retreat rate is £30-£20 per weekend, but no one should feel excluded on the basis of cost)
Venue: The Buddhist House, 12 Coventry Rd, Narborough LE19 2GR
Accommodation: two nights plus all meals
En suite £90
Dorm (bring your own bedding) £30
To Book: email email@example.com
Proceeds from this retreat will go to support Chomon House, Jodo Shinshu's centre in the UK
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