Shin Buddhism in Modern Culture
Chapter 21 – The Ultimate End of Faith (Part 3)
Multiple Choice Questions
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1. How did Shinran respond to the human concern over the nature of the afterlife by using the symbols of the Pure Land?
2. What is your understanding of the reality of the Pure Land?Does it have an objective existence or does it exist only in the mind? Is it a land that one enters after one dies or is it immanent within our world? Discuss the problem of reconciling these two views.
3. What is the difference in meaning between the terms anraku and gokuraku? Which one did Shinran seem to prefer? Why?
4. What was it about Shinran’s use of religious symbols that portrayed his great compassion?