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Astus wrote:LastLegend wrote:Ok becoming Buddha.
But at that moment become the fully enlightened Buddha?
"To practice in every moment of thought is called the true nature. To be enlightened to this Dharma is the Dharma of prajñā, to cultivate this practice is the practice of prajñā. To not cultivate this is to be an ordinary [unenlightened] person. To cultivate this in a single moment of thought is to be equivalent to the Buddha in one’s own body.
Good friends, ordinary people are buddhas, and the afflictions are bodhi. With a preceding moment of deluded thought, one was an ordinary person, but with a succeeding moment of enlightened thought, one is a buddha. To be attached to one’s sensory realms in a preceding moment of thought is affliction, but to transcend the realms in a succeeding moment of thought is bodhi." (Platform Sutra, ch. 2, tr. McRae)
LastLegend wrote:Astus wrote:LastLegend wrote:Both will lead to Buddhahood. The only the difference is the time it takes to become Buddha.
How so? Chan is the school of sudden enlightenment (not gradual development on the bodhisattva path), and the Pure Land path has 100% guaranteed buddhahood in one lifetime.
If I remember correctly, in Mahayana teachings, Bodhisattvas have to go to Pure Lands to become Buddhas. Or they might be "stucked" just like Arahants are stucked in Nirvana until they wish to go to Pure Lands.
Astus wrote:Buddha-lands are created/completed once they become buddhas. If you want to carry on with this topic I recommend a separate thread.
A time when there were no buddha-lands is not really possible. There is no beginning of life in Buddhism, there is no beginning of buddhas either. But being born in a buddha-land as a part of one's progress on the bodhisattva path is not a requirement, although since bodhisattvas start their career under a buddha and are guided by buddhas, buddha-lands and bodhisattvas go together quire well.
The Tusita is a heaven in the realm of desire, not a buddha-land/pure land (the words are synonyms generally).
Astus wrote:Does that sutra state anywhere specifically that it's a pure land or buddha land?
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