PorkChop wrote:From my understanding of even Japanese Pure Land, it's not so much that Enlightenment is impossible in this world, but striving for Enlightenment based on a reification of the Self (self-power) is a much harder route.
PorkChop wrote: As Ajaan Dune Atulo points out, once the recitation becomes so single minded, eventually the word drops off and realizations (bodhi) can occur. Therefor, I think the common criticism of Pure Land as giving up on any sort of realizations in this life is a mistake.
Luke wrote:Who were the greatest Pure Land masters in the past? People need to hear about great masters to be inspired.
sinweiy wrote:Nagarjuna on the the Path of Easy Practice
Richard St. Clair (Shaku Egen)
Luke wrote:Do you have a link to Nagarjuna's essay on Pure Land which this man was quoting? It would be more convincing to see the whole thing rather than just a few of its quotes out of context.
Luke wrote:Are there some ways to do Pure Land practices which benefit others?
Personally, I don't care about being born in a Pure Land, but I admire Amitabha and want to benefit others.
(I am already well aware of the Vajrayana practices of Amitabha sadhanas and Phowa practices. But here I am interested in non-tantric Amitabha meditations/rituals which benefit others.)
PL4ever wrote:PorkChop wrote:Also, Vasubandhu has the Aparimitayus-sutra-shastra - a pretty killer Pure Land work.
Could you post a link to this sutra?
I can't find it.
Thanx in advance.
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