Pure Land Buddhism teaches that though life is suffering as the Buddha taught, we are not born to suffer. We are born for a reason, and that reason is to achieve a permanent, never-ending happiness while still alive. It is called absolute happiness, and it is just one step under Buddha's enlightenment. Once this stage is reached in this lifetime, it is assured, and upon death one then reaches enlightenment of a Buddha, a being of perfect wisdom and compassion, in the Pure Land.
In the final moments before Shakyamuni Buddha's death, he was asked if he could sum up the 45 years of teachings in just a few words. His answer was that he shared the "Mirror of Dharma" with all humanity.
The word Dharma in Sanskrit means truth. So the Mirror of Truth is thus a way for us to see ourselves within the Buddha's teachings. It shows us exactly as we really are without any distortion.
I selected this well-known term for the URL of this Buddhist blog. I did this because I endeavor to share Buddha's wisdom as best as I can without changing the meaning of the texts or adding my own opinion.
Mirrorofdharma.org is a personal, non-profit, educational website. Its goal is none other than to share with you the teachings of Pure Land Buddhism as I have learned them from my great teacher, Mr. Kentetsu Takamori.
I am follower of the Jodo Shinshu Shinrankai organization, but I do not receive funds for what is written here. All the efforts of this blog are all voluntary and made with the best intentions of conveying the teachings with the world.
There are many schools within Buddhism just as there are many different sects within other major religions. Each school explains the sutras differently. Sutras are written texts of Buddha's sermons.
By listening from the True Pure Land School, I hope you will discover the spiritual wealth I found within their lessons, interpretations, and commentaries on the Buddha's wisdom.
Within the pages in the menu located above, you fill find many books recommendations, insightful links as well as temple locations near you. There are also online community pages, groups and meetings that you can join and participate in.
Writing these teachings accurately and in their entirety will take time, but I hope you will patiently embark on a journey with me to understand the meaning of why we're all alive. Each month, I try to write and release at least one new blog post, filled with many graphics and photos I gratefully receive from Flickr.com's Creative Commons.
It is my great wish that you find solace within the content you find here in this blog. Should you feel compelled to seriously pursue the Pure Land path or even just to say hi, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd love to hear from you.
Whatever your spiritual background or faith, I welcome and encourage you with warmth and compassion to keep seeking your own truth, of course ask me about any doubts or questions as they come up, and practice the teachings that speak to you as best you can, until the moment your purpose of life is finally revealed to you.
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