When We Entrust to the Long-Held Wish

When We Entrust to the Long-Held Wish

  • Author: Daiei Kaneko
  • Kindle Price: US$2.99
  • Published: July 23, 2019

Once considered a heretic and suspended from the priesthood, Daiei Kaneko now is regarded as an important and progressive Buddhist thinker, whose writings cast light on Japanese Pure Land Buddhism known as Jodo Shinshu, or Shin Buddhism. Kaneko (1881-1976) was a student of the Rev. Manshi Kiyozawa, whose experiential and rational approach helped shape a modern interpretation of Shin Buddhism.

Although in Japan, Shin Buddhism is a major Buddhist sect, in the West, it suffers from misinterpretation and is weighed down by abstract language and concepts. In When We Entrust to the Long-Held Wish, Kaneko explains why Shin Buddhism is the most accessible form of Buddhism and its relevance to our daily lives and contemporary world. In the book he points out: “Often a spiritual journey begins by experiencing conditions of human suffering and pain. People without suffering are strangers to religion. Thus we say people free from suffering and complacent in their happy lives are actually spiritually unhappy because they never question the meaning of true happiness.” As his spiritual starting point, he takes a statement from Shinran Shonin, the founder of Jodo Shinshu, “When we entrust ourselves to the Long-held Wish for us and call the Buddha’s name, we too will become Buddhas.” In this work, Kaneko explains the profound depth of this statement and the Shin Buddhist teachings.

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