This course explores the deeper dimensions of Shin Buddhism with a focus on the Great Compassion that embraces and releases us as foolish beings with blind passions. Our context is the mandalic journey of life and death, heaven and hell that unfolds in the tranquil awakening of infinite light/ness as center and circumference. The discussion is based on the teachings of Shinran Shonin (1173-1263) contained in the classic Tannisho (Lamenting the Deviations). The weekend consists of dharma talks, open discussion, and free inquiry, as well as quiet sitting and sutra chanting.
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Days: Fri - Sun (2 Nights)
Instructor(s): Mark Unno
Mark Unno, PhD, is the Thomas F. Herman Distinguished Teaching Award associate professor of East Asian Buddhism in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Oregon. He is also an ordained Shin Buddhist priest and author of Shingon Refractions (2004) as well as many articles on Shin and Zen Buddhism and comparative religion.