Avalokiteshvara and Pure Land

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zamotcr
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Avalokiteshvara and Pure Land

Postby zamotcr » Wed Aug 15, 2012 6:20 am

Hello community,

I was reading the Universal Gate commentary by Hsing Yun, and I read a passage that said that Avalokiteshvara Pure Land is called Potalaka, and searching over the internet confirms this. But, it is said that Avalokiteshvara also resides in Sukhavati, in the Amitabha's Pure Land.

This confuses me. Some with more knowledge can clarify this?


Amituofo,
:namaste:

Son of Buddha
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Re: Avalokiteshvara and Pure Land

Postby Son of Buddha » Wed Aug 15, 2012 6:28 am

he has his own house down the block.

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Re: Avalokiteshvara and Pure Land

Postby Konchog1 » Wed Aug 15, 2012 6:52 am

Buddhas can be in more than one place at once. The ability is also a minor Siddhi.
Equanimity is the ground. Love is the moisture. Compassion is the seed. Bodhicitta is the result.

-Paraphrase of Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tsephel citing the Guhyasamaja Tantra

"All memories and thoughts are the union of emptiness and knowing, the Mind.
Without attachment, self-liberating, like a snake in a knot.
Through the qualities of meditating in that way,
Mental obscurations are purified and the dharmakaya is attained."

-Ra Lotsawa, All-pervading Melodious Drumbeats

Son
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Re: Avalokiteshvara and Pure Land

Postby Son » Tue Aug 21, 2012 3:03 am

zamotcr wrote:Hello community,

I was reading the Universal Gate commentary by Hsing Yun, and I read a passage that said that Avalokiteshvara Pure Land is called Potalaka, and searching over the internet confirms this. But, it is said that Avalokiteshvara also resides in Sukhavati, in the Amitabha's Pure Land.

This confuses me. Some with more knowledge can clarify this?


Amituofo,
:namaste:


The solution to this is realizing that Pure Lands are conventional. Most often, the Pure Land sect is the least understood sect in all of Buddhism, including Zen, Tantra and Thai Forest. Just try not to think into it too much. However I would encourage you to focus on Avalokiteshvara for a while. It will be very beneficial and illuminating to you.


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