smcj wrote:In all the various wonderful descriptions of Amitabja's Pure Land, has anyone heard their political system described?
Vow number 10 of Dharmakara in the longer sutra sounds a lot like Lennon's political utopia;
"Blessed one, may I not awaken to unsurpassable, perfect, full awakening if the living beings who are born in this buddha-field should conceive of any idea of property, even if it is only with regard to their own body."
"Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people sharing all the world"
Who was arguing for natural property rights again?? Not in the pure lands!
Well, I think the first quote is a reference to emptiness and the second is a reference to communism.
"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
"You must experience that the various thoughts, in whatever form they arise, are an empty appearance and not a definable entity."
-Clarifying the Natural State pg. 33