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January 15, 2014

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Buddhist scholar Robert Sharf:

"NIEN-FO AND EARLY CH'AN

I would emphasize once again that faith in Amitabha was an ubiquitous feature of Chinese Buddhism and that desire for rebirth in the Pure Land was virtually universal among Buddhist practitioners regardless of their ordination lineage, their ecclesiastical education (or lack thereof), or their institutional affiliation. The practice most closely associated with Pure Land thought is nien-fo (buddhanusmrti) ...

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You said: "Of course you might do what Dogen did, forge your own certificate."
Do you have a source for this statement?

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