"The Universe’s urge to compassion (Primal Vow) will
progressively open up our hearts."
The Buddhist Faith
Fellowship encourages you to utilize the philosophies and practices of these complimentary traditions for the following reasons.
In 13th century Japan, the majority of the people were simple folk,
illiterate with few possessions. Life was hard and short, requiring long days of hard work on farms and rice patties. Because
of these conditions, their minds and bodies were more unified and focused on the present moment therefore likely to better
benefit from deep hearing practice. For this reason, the Shin path did not initially stress meditative practice; it was not
generally needed for the peasants of 13th century Japan. Usually, it was the rich who went to the monasteries to undertake meditative
practices and learn how to let go of the psychological complexities of their lives.
Likewise, our overstressed
modern lifestyle makes it difficult to live by and awaken to the purity of the One Mind and Life (Amida), which is found in
the present moment, without some sort of meditative practice. Our modern world unrelentlessly bombards and saturates us with
so much stuff, which creates deep attachments, greed, pride, anger, fear, stress, violence, etc, etc. 21st century life is
much more complicated even for the very rich of 13th century Japan. Therefore, as modern practitioners of the Shin
path, we feel that it is important to learn how to concentrate and integrate the body and mind and touch the present moment,
through proven meditative practices of a complimentary Buddhist tradition. By doing so, we will be less hindered by the dizzying
agitations of the modern world and better nurture our deep hearing skills in order to heed the intuitive call of Life itself.