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Shin Buddhism was the creation of Shinran Shonin who lived in Japan around 800 years ago He saw as did Buddha that what stands in the way of our awakening to the Dharma is really only us Specifically it is our ego or that illusion we have that we are a fixed and separate entity apart from everything else Thus Shin Buddhism starts by getting us to see our egocentric arrogant and self-centered nature Shin Buddhism attacks our ego-self When we awaken to the fallacy of our self we are literally saved from ourselves and become free But Shin Buddhism does not lead to any kind of negative self-hate schizophrenia or cynicism This is because it says with deep compassion that Even as selfish as I am I am still allowed to liveI am OK because of the infinite compassion of the Dharma It is to see deeply into the true meaning of what it means to be a human being The meaning of the Meditation Sutra one of the key beliefs of Shin Buddhist is Dont try to get rid of the pain of life or your shortcomings - that is impossible instead live with it all but turn your focus inward and honestly evaluate yourself This leads to a kind of rebirth Kill your ignorance and be reborn in the truth then live with the truth An important concept in Shin Buddhism is Tariki Other Power or Power Beyond the Self which tells us that we cannot enlighten ourselves only through our self-power Our ego-self cannot deny or challenge itself Thus we all need a teacher This can take the form of a sensei minister priest etc andor the events in our lives especially those that cause us difficulty ie those events that illustrate the impermanence of life In this sense the Dharma is both our teaching and our teacher Finally Shin Buddhism cautions us to always remember that even if we do
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