Chapter 15

Shin Buddhism in Modern Culture

Chapter 15 – Assurance of Fulfillment

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Multiple Choice Questions
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Thought Questions

1. For many people the assurance of destiny — that is, where they will go after death — is of great concern. Traditionally, one of the roles of religion has been to alleviate this feeling of uncertainty and the fear associated with it. In light of what you have read in this chapter, do you think Shinran’s approach to the problem can be related to the concerns over death that people today hold? Give some specific examples possibly from your own life.

2. Compare Shinran’s view of the last moments of life to that of Honen. How are the two views similar? How are they different?

3. For Shinran, religion was not a tool for securing life. Explain the meaning of this statement.

4. Comment on your understanding of what Shinran calls the “diamond-like shinjin.”