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Few books like this provide the reader with concrete answers to the profound questions that each of us carries in our hearts. The concept of infinity in Buddhism, little known in the West, is presented here under the light of the Amitabha Buddha. The Pure Land school or Shin Buddhism (“of the faith”) is the most followed school in the world. Millions of people gathered by the chant Namu Amida Butsu in every corner of the planet, live their deep Buddhist faith in every juncture of their lives. The author, with a clear, very modern language, guides the reader towards understanding this wonderful vision of life represented by Shin Buddhism.
John Paraskevopoulos is an executive officer with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs in Canberra. He studied philosophy at the University of Melbourne before receiving ordination in the Pure Land tradition of Mahayana Buddhism in Kyoto in 1994. He is the author of several articles on Shin Buddhism and a contributor to Sacred Web.
‘Conceptions of the Absolute in Mahayana Buddhism and the Pure Land Way’, in Light From The East: Modern Western Encounters with Eastern Traditions (Bloomington: WorId Wisdom Books 2007).
‘Non-Duality in Pure Land Buddhism’, Temenos Academy Review (Issue NO.9,2006).
‘Amida’s Dharma in the Modern WorId’, The Pure Land: Journal of the International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies (New Series, No. 20, December 2003).
‘The Nembutsu as Great Practice: Recitation of the Divine Name during the Decadent Age of the Dharma’, Sacred Web 7 (2001).
‘The Awakening of Faith in the Mahayana and its Signincance for Shin Buddhism’, The Pure Land: Journal of the International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies (New Series, Nos. 13-14, December 1997).
A Primer of Shin Buddhism (with George Gatenby), (Sydney: Hongwanji Buddhisr Mission of Australia, 1995).