safron wrote:I'm sorry for interrupting any flow of thought with the previous posts but I need to ask something.
I think I read in the lotus sutra, I may be wrong, where there were or are the kinds of people who are able to go from one planet to another in an instant. Do you know what Im talking about? I really have a tough time understanding all of that. I really dont understand what were suppose learn from that.
HEY Safron,first we need to know what u are talking about,what chapter is it?what page?(translation also)
well he might be talking about meditation and the mind leaving the body and traveling to distant places thats one way of looking at it
OR he could be talking literally meaning the mind and phisical body both travel in an instant.
both are very plausible in Buddhism(the Buddha and high level Bodhisattvas had special physical powers such as flying to the moon and walking on water)adn even healing the blind and disfigured these things are rarely mentioned in the west.but are common topics in china and japan.
It probley isnt meant to be something to learn,its probley just showing the Eternal Buddhas powers and the powers of the high level Bodhisattvas.
just like in how chapter 23 people try to explain it in metaphorical terms,when all it is talking about is a Bodhisattva voluntaroly taking rebirth from the pureland to the human realms(in the pureland life is eternal to leave you have to volontarily give up ur body to take rebirth into the human realms,and since their is no killing or violence in the pureland the only way to give up the body is to end it yourself(he manifests all physical forms and turns his body into fire with his mind and burns out) this is considered the greatest sacrifice casue he is volontarily giving up life in the pureland(and its pure body) and volonytarily taking up rebirth into the human realms) Peace and Love