We are an online community of Portuguese and Spanish speaking folk who are interested in learning and practising the Dharma, or teachings, of Pure Land Buddhism. Our name, Jinen-kō expresses our aspiration to become a space (kō, 講 )where the Dharma of naturalness, spontaneity (jinen, 自然) can be learned and explored..
The Jōdo Shinshū tradition is based in the writings of Shinran Shōnin (1173-1263), a Japanese Buddhist monk who redefined Buddhism by making it easier and more accessible for ordinary folk. This is a form of Buddhism that can be practised in the middle of our daily lives, without having to withdraw from the world, or from our working or family life. Jōdo Shinshū does not require anybody to do difficult or ascetic practices.
Rennyo Shōnin (1415-1499), one of the most significant Dharma successors of Shinran Shōnin wrote about the importance of listening to the Dharma in a certain mindset: 1) As if we listened to the teaching for the first time, 2) as if its message was solely addressed to us and 3) as if this was the last chance we got to listen about Buddhism.
According to Shinran Shōnin, we are all his fellow travellers or fellow practitioners on the journey towards awakening. Because of this, our gatherings tend to flow in an interactive, participative and horizontal way. Participants are not expected to have previous experience or knowledge in order to join our events and all questions are welcome!
The monthly gatherings of Jinen-kō take place the first Sunday of every month at 8:00 pm (GMT+1) and they usually last about two hours. In them, Rev. Enrique Galvan-Alvarez, who was ordained in the Jōdo Shinshū Hongwanji-ha school of Buddhism in 2019, presents translations of key Jōdo Shinshū texts and explains the basics of the doctrine and practice of the Hongwanji-ha school.
GMT -6 (MÉXICO, 1 pm)
GMT -3 (BRAZIL, ARGENTINA, CHILE, URUGUAY, 4 pm)
GMT +1 (UK, PORTUGAL, CANARY ISLANDS, 8 pm)
GMT +2 (SPAIN, GERMANY, 9 pm)
GMT +9 (JAPAN, 4 am)
In this video from Yujiro Seki’s “Carving the Divine” YouTube Channel, Rev. Enrique Galvan-Alvarez explores some of the most frequently asked questions concerning Jōdo Shinshū Buddhism.
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