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I am neither a monk nor a layperson.

 

--Shinran Shonin

 

 

He was independent from established tradition – his mission was reconciled within himself and manifested in common with all people, regardless of class, type etc. – his faith was in having and belonging to a community of compassion.

 

--Robin Kilgour

 

 

Shinran was neither bound by exclusive precepts practiced by ordained Buddhist priests (celibacy…seclusion in a monastery) nor did he dwell in the utter oblivion of the material world. Shinran lived in the world among laypeople. He sought heaven inside hell with courage and joy.

 

I welcome ALL aspects of myself and my world – impatience… inattention…passion…lethargy…amusement…fear…I trust completely in the wisdom and compassion of the universe. I practice this compassionate awareness in meditation twice daily, so that I may live it throughout the day.

 

--Janine Janaki

 

 

Being defrocked, Shinran could not claim the privileges of a monk. Nevertheless, he was far more than a layperson, like his present neighbors, by virtue of his training and spiritual bent. He lived among laypeople as a layperson but had one foot in the everyday world of working people and the other foot in the spiritual world.

 

--Robert Orsi

 

 

He was a person with a mission, he didn’t really need a label to carry out his mission, and he just was. He lived his beliefs. He preached what he practiced. For me, I guess less talking and more “being” just do what I do with no intention of setting an example consciously; this comes more naturally the more I practice consciously.”

 

--Linda Clark

 

 

Namu Amida Butsu!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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