Do you see Amida "bound up" with or in the physical universe to the extent that "his" function and presence can be termed "panendharmic" ?
Or for you is Amida a wholly transcendent "entity", uninvolved in a direct way with the samsaric world ?
Consciousness is unextended, infinite and radiant all around.
In it neither water, nor earth, nor fire, nor air can find a place.
In it, length, shortness, subtlety, coarseness, beauty, ugliness and name-and-form cease completely.
When consciousness ceases, all things cease.
Astus wrote:It is sad to see that people who fail to study Buddhist sutras and shastras start coming up with strange ideas to fill in the gap in their understanding. Naturally, where they end up is confusion.
Jikan wrote:thought experiment: how would Honen respond to Sensei Lewis?
Jikan wrote:You are premising a question on how to understand Amitabha Buddha on your interpretation of Christian scripture. Put more simply, you are effectively asking Jesus to teach you about Buddhism. Does this seem sensible to you?
To my poor head, it seems more sensible to ask Jesus about his teachings, and ask the Buddha about the Buddhist teachings.
Then I inquired whether Amida is considered to be everywhere, and if so:
1. Is Amida personally embedded everywhere in the world, when we "cleave wood"; or
2. Is Amida present in the world only as a spiritual process of grace available to souls, but not present "in the wood we cleave".
I further inquired if, when the sutras and the Masters address Amida's all-availability, do they present visual metaphors or images representing or symbolizing his universal presence.
Thus: I simply asked a question about Amida Buddha and about his sutras and the Masters who taught about him.
Astus wrote:Let's put into simpler terms. Amita Buddha is available to everyone because any human is capable of faith. He is also available in meditation, as it is described in the Visualisation Sutra. In fact, the very name in recitation is the presence of Amita Buddha, as that is what appears in one's perception. The fact that the Buddha's light reaches everywhere means that all are embraced and there is no hindrance formed by any karma. It doesn't mean that Amita Buddha is present everywhere, since he is in the Pure Land.
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