commonalities and divergences between traditions...

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Re: commonalities and divergences between traditions...

Postby Huifeng » Fri Dec 16, 2011 5:52 am

Buddha-ksetras are an integral part of much of early Mahayana Buddhism, in sutra and sastra.
No way does it run against the other basic principles of Mahayana Buddhism.

The Pureland School in East Asia is based on a number of interpretations of this,
be it in China or Japan, or elsewhere. In particular the ksetra of Amitabha.

It may help to make a distinction between Mahayana buddha-ksetra teachings both
generally and specifically, and the Pureland School of East Asia. There are divergences.
Refuting the later does not entail refutation of the former, or vice versa.

~~ Huifeng


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Re: commonalities and divergences between traditions...

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Re: commonalities and divergences between traditions...

Postby Astus » Fri Dec 16, 2011 5:31 pm

DN,

There is no failure on the Pure Land path. Those who have faith and determination in the vow of Amita Buddha are guaranteed to attain birth in the Land of Peace and Bliss. This is the general understanding of this teaching, some may add other requirements. If one is not born in the Pure Land, well, it's just like with anyone else. However, the practices of buddha-remembrance, prostrations, visualisations, recitations, etc. are all beneficial on other levels too. Also, the Pure Land path is for all kinds of practitioners from low to superb. That is why I consider it the apex of the Mahayana teaching that can universally liberate everybody.
Myriad dharmas are only mind.
Mind is unobtainable.
What is there to seek?

If the Buddha-Nature is seen,
there will be no seeing of a nature in any thing.

Neither cultivation nor seated meditation —
this is the pure Chan of Tathagata.

With sudden enlightenment to Tathagata Chan,
the six paramitas and myriad means
are complete within that essence.



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Re: commonalities and divergences between traditions...

Postby Dechen Norbu » Fri Dec 16, 2011 8:17 pm

I see.
OK, thanks Astus! You pretty much informed me about what I wanted to know. :anjali:

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Re: commonalities and divergences between traditions...

Postby PadmaVonSamba » Wed Jan 11, 2012 10:28 pm

Profile Picture: "The Foaming Monk"
The Chinese characters are Fo (buddha) and Ming (bright). The image is of a student of Buddhism, who, imagining himself to be a monk, and not understanding the true meaning of the words takes the sound of the words literally. Likewise, People on web forums sometime seem to be foaming at the mouth.
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