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Amida: Nirvana in Daily Life
« on: April 07, 2019, 10:32:43 am »
In the Udana, the Buddha points to Nirvana as a transcendent reality:

There is, monks, an unborn[1] — unbecome — unmade — unfabricated. If there were not that unborn — unbecome — unmade — unfabricated, there would not be the case that escape from the born — become — made — fabricated would be discerned. But precisely because there is an unborn — unbecome — unmade — unfabricated, escape from the born — become — made — fabricated is discerned.

However, the vast majority of people are unlikely to attain Nirvana in this lifetime, by their self-efforts alone.

What if the unconditioned could reach out to us, rather than just the other way around?

What would prevent the reality of Nirvana from taking us just as we are, in the midst of our everyday life?

In the Nembutsu, the reality of Nirvana comes to us, taking us just as we are. We need only say Namu-Amida-Butsu:

In the Jodo Shinshu tradition of Pure Land Buddhism, Nirvana is presented in more concrete terms as the ‘Pure Land’ of utmost bliss and happiness - a realm into which we are born after we die. This is another way of referring to the attainment of Enlightenment. The Pure Land tradition also considers Amida Buddha as the 'dynamic’ and 'personal’ face of Nirvana reflecting its compassionate aspect in a form that we can relate to and embrace with trusting hearts.


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