Pureland of othe Buddhas besides Amitabha's

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Sonrisa
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Pureland of othe Buddhas besides Amitabha's

Postby Sonrisa » Fri Nov 05, 2010 6:34 pm

I have heard that there is an Eastern Pureland (Medicine Buddha) as spoken in the sutras. Or Maitreya Buddha's pureland (though Im not sure if Tusita is a pureland).

How come most people do not vow to be reborn in let's say, Bhaisajyaguru's pureland. I have heard that rebirth in these purelands, one can still fall back into samsara. But someone else said no, because it's still a pureland.

Can anyone explain?
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Re: Pureland of othe Buddhas besides Amitabha's

Postby Nosta » Fri Nov 05, 2010 7:20 pm

In general one can try to attain other purelands, but its more easy to go to Amithaba pureland because of His 48 vows. He is a Buda more devoted, so to say, to rescue "low" beings.

You may try other pure lands, but Amithaba is best because of his vows.

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Re: Pureland of othe Buddhas besides Amitabha's

Postby Huifeng » Sat Nov 06, 2010 3:25 am

It's got a lot do to with the complex history of Buddhism in Central and East Asia, which groups of people followed which teachings, and who had the ability to put their favorite teaching into the dominant position.

Amongst the nomadic peoples, such as the Turkic groups, the Mongols, and Jin and Liao, all to the north of China, there was a huge amount of devotion towards Maitreya. The Han later turned more towards Amitabha, for a number of reasons. Many Maitreya devotion groups were downright outlawed - it is easy for a rebellious group to claim that their leader is Maitreya, a powerful move; one can't really do that with Amitabha.

Teachings about Bhaisajyaguru were a bit later anyway, and likewise other Pureland notions, so didn't get the same foot hold. The eastern world of Aksobhya has pretty high entry criteria, so was unlikely to be that popular from the outset.


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Re: Pureland of othe Buddhas besides Amitabha's

Postby spiritnoname » Sun Nov 07, 2010 6:11 am

You cannot fall from a Pureland, you can however make aspirational vows to leave them to help samsaric beings or so I've heard lamas say.

Maitreya is not one of the Buddha families, Amitabha is though, so that's an advantage I think haha.

Yeah, people thinking they are Maitreya are a problem, I've met so many psychos who think they are,.. real trouble makers too because they're so deluded. :coffee:

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Re: Pureland of othe Buddhas besides Amitabha's

Postby Jechan » Sun Nov 07, 2010 12:49 pm

Does Shakyamuni Buddha have a Pure Land? or is Shakyamuni Buddha's Pure Land this Saha world? :thinking:

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Re: Pureland of othe Buddhas besides Amitabha's

Postby Sonrisa » Mon Nov 08, 2010 3:27 pm

Thank you everyone for your reply :3

Huifeng, thank you so much for the historical reasons as well. I really enjoyed reading and learning about it.

Hmm, perhaps do you also think that it could be affinity as well?
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Re: Pureland of othe Buddhas besides Amitabha's

Postby sinweiy » Sat Oct 08, 2011 7:16 am

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Amituofo!

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