Astus wrote:Sukhavati is advertised in the sutra with incredibly luxurious features from food and clothing to baths and music. Pretty heavenly. Then how could there be no sex?
In one of the Pureland sutras it is also said that beings there become satisfied by merely looking at food.
There are the three Dhatus, you must have heard, or read, about them. Above the realm of sense desires there are the Rupa Dhatu, and the Arupa Dhatu. In the 48 vows it says that the inhabitants of Sukhavati are beyond sense desires, like the gods of the Rupa Dhatu, there is no question about it.
There are the six levels of gods in the Kamadhatu, they equal six levels of refinement of sense desire. Tushita devaloka, where Maitreya resides, belongs to one of these six levels. They are described in the Shuramgama Sutra, and in the Abhidharma.
In the Devaloka of Buddha Maitreya there is some level of sense desire, this is told in traditional stories that you find in the Pureland literature. This is a feature that makes it different from Amitabha's Purefield.
The Devalokas are beyond the human realm, they are difficult to conceive. Like for ants it is difficult to conceive the world of humans. At most they are able to think that humans are like bigger ants with more power.
The presence of sense objects does not imply the realm of sense desires. The Rupa Loka and Sukhavati have utterly beautiful sense objects, therefore it is called the Realm of Pure Form, the Realm of Spiritual Form.
The sutra makes it clear that music in Sukhavati is designed to invoke the mindfulness of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. Don't misread it!
When you die you lose your human form, it gets destroyed.