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jiriki  Term Image (jiriki ; 自力) Script Image
(Language:  Japanese)
Alternate Spellings:
Short Description: literally, "power of the self";
Long Description: (A)Self power; the consciousness that one achieves Enlightenment through one’s own effort. In Pure Land Buddhism it is considered a delusory understanding of the true nature of practice and faith, which are supported and enabled through Amida’s compassion. (B) One who is "liberated" while still in this "life"; a person who has attained to a state of spiritual perfection or self-realization before death; in contrast to videha-muktav, one who is liberated at the moment of death..
Source(s): (A) Living in Amida’s Universal Vow: Essays in Shin Buddhism, by Alfred Bloom .(B) The Fullness of God: Frithjof Schuon on Christianity, by Frithjof Schuon, edited by Dr. James S. Cutsinger.
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Related Terms: tariki
Provided By: Dictionary of Spiritual Terms