Buddhism of the Heart

Reflections on Shin Buddhism and Inner Togetherness
Foreword by
Mark Unno and Taitetsu Unno


264 pages, 6 x 9 inches


ISBN 9780861715831

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Buddhism of the Heart is a clear, insightful discussion of basic teachings of Shin Buddhism. The author, writing from the heart, is candid and direct. It is an easy reading text for seekers.”—Alfred Bloom, Emeritus Professor of Religion, University of Hawaii

Mon, 01/21/2013 - 12:35 -- wisdom

Jeff Wilson started his walk on the Buddhas path as a Zen practitioner—taking up a tradition of vigorous self-effort, intensive meditation, and meticulous attention to rectitude in every action. But in Jeffs case, rather than freeing him from his suffering, he found those Zen practices made him nothing short of insufferable. And so he turned to Shin Buddhisma path that is easily the most popular in Zens native land of Japan but is largely unknown in the West.

Shin emphasizes an “entrusting heart,” a heart that is able to receive with gratitude every moment of our mistake-filled and busy lives. Moreover, through walking the Shin path, Jeff comes see that each of us (himself especially included) are truly “foolish beings,” people so filled with endlessly arising “blind passions” and ingrained habits that we so easily cause harm even with our best intentions. And even so, Shin holds out the tantalizing possibility that, by truly entrusting our foolish selves to the compassionate universe, we can learn to see how this foolish life, just as it is, is nonetheless also a life of grace.

Buddhism of the Heart is a wide-ranging book of essays and open-hearted stories, reflections that run the gamut from intensely personal to broadly philosophical, introducing the reader to a remarkable religious tradition of compassionate acceptance.

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