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Formal Practice: Buddhist or Christian

Formal Practice: Buddhist or Christian BUDDHIST RESPONSES TO CHRISTIAN SPIRITUAL PRACTICE Robert Aitken Diamond Sangha In this paper, I write from a Mahayana perspective and take up seven Buddhist practices and the views that bring them into being, together with Christian practices that may be analogous, in turn with their inspiration. The Buddhist practices sometimes tend to blend and take on another's attributes and functions. I name them according to their usage in Western Buddhism. 1. The Nembutsu (Ch. Nien-fo, "Recalling Buddha") is the pronouncement of veneration to Amida Butsu (Ch. A-mi-to-fo, Skt. Amitabha Buddha), an appeal to his salvific power, and sometimes an endeavor to unify with him. 2. The ekomon (Ch. hui-hsiang-men, Skt. parinamana) is a verse that transfers merit back to Buddhas, bodhisattvas, and past teachers for their further empowerment to bring beings to the way of the Buddha. 3. Zazen (Ch. tsao-ch'an, Skt. dhyana) is focused meditation intended to enable the student to personalize the realization and way of the Buddha. 4. The vow or expression of aspiration ( J. gan, Ch. yuan, Skt. pranidhana) pronounces a determination to make realization possible for the self and others. 5. Sange, or zange (Ch. chang-hui, Skt. kshamayati), is the confession of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Buddhist-Christian Studies University of Hawai'I Press

Formal Practice: Buddhist or Christian

Buddhist-Christian Studies , Volume 22 (1) – Nov 8, 2002

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BUDDHIST RESPONSES TO CHRISTIAN SPIRITUAL PRACTICE Robert Aitken Diamond Sangha In this paper, I write from a Mahayana perspective and take up seven Buddhist practices and the views that bring them into being, together with Christian practices that may be analogous, in turn with their inspiration. The Buddhist practices sometimes tend to blend and take on another's attributes and functions. I name them according to their usage in Western Buddhism. 1. The Nembutsu (Ch. Nien-fo, "Recalling Buddha") is the pronouncement of veneration to Amida Butsu (Ch. A-mi-to-fo, Skt. Amitabha Buddha), an appeal to his salvific power, and sometimes an endeavor to unify with him. 2. The ekomon (Ch. hui-hsiang-men, Skt. parinamana) is a verse that transfers merit back to Buddhas, bodhisattvas, and past teachers for their further empowerment to bring beings to the way of the Buddha. 3. Zazen (Ch. tsao-ch'an, Skt. dhyana) is focused meditation intended to enable the student to personalize the realization and way of the Buddha. 4. The vow or expression of aspiration ( J. gan, Ch. yuan, Skt. pranidhana) pronounces a determination to make realization possible for the self and others. 5. Sange, or zange (Ch. chang-hui, Skt. kshamayati), is the confession of

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