Book Review: Buddha’s Wish For The World

“Buddha’s Wish For The World” by Monshu Koshin Ohtani
Published by American Buddhist Studies Press

This book was my first introduction to Shin Buddhism, which all together, didn’t seem very much different from the other Buddhist schools I have read about and studied. The major difference is the belief that after leaving this existence, we are brought to another plane of existence known as the Pure Land. I am still a newbie on the Pure Land idea, so I can’t say too much about it. I do know that I enjoyed this idea, that there are no need for precepts, we are always bound to break them whether we mean to or not. It’s the constant awareness to not act upon the things we are vowing not to engage in that seem to be of more importance than the vow itself. Maybe I am misunderstanding though.

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