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Giving Shinran Away: An Immodest Proposal?

What is it that every human being without exception has, but neither achieves nor deserves?

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What is it that every human being without exception has, but neither achieves nor deserves? This is the question that begins Gordon Bermant’s effort to express the truths of Shin Buddhism in a fashion that aspires to simplicity and universality.

The themes of humility, gratitude, our boundless capacity for self-deception, and “blessed assurance” arise out of contemplating the answer to the initial question.

Taking Shin to be a profound distillation of Mahayana teaching, Bermant concludes that each of us, like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, begins and ends in “Kansas.”


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Gordon Bermant
Gordon Bermant

Psychology Department, Faculty Member. Studies Psychology, Cognitive Science, and Evolutionary Psychology.

Buddhist Psychology at the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley (online).

He found Shin Buddhism in 1986 as a student of the late Kenryu Tsuji. In 2006-2007 he was President of the Buddhist Churches of America and has served on the Board of Directors of the ABSC for more than a decade.


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