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Aspire to be reborn into the Pure Land
« on: July 02, 2013, 10:34:29 am »

Aspire to be reborn into the Pure Land of Amitabha Buddha




 [Infinite Life Sutra]
The Buddha assures us of our rebirth into the Pure land
V149.   The Buddha said to Ananda,” living beings who have been born in that Pure land all dwell among those assured of Enlightenment. What is the reason for this? In this Pure land there is not one being who is destined to experience suffering, nor is there one being who’s destiny is undetermined.
V150.   “All Buddha’s, Tathagata’s, in the ten directions, as countless as the sands of the Ganges, together praise the inconceivable, divine virtues of Buddha Amitabha.
V151.   “All living beings who having heard his name, and praying with devout faith to be born into his land, remembering him even once and sincerely dedicating their merit to that land, with the resolution to be born there, they will upon death be reborn into that land and dwell in the stage of non-retrogression. Excluded are those who have committed the five grave offenses and those who slander the right Dharma.”


V158.   The Buddha said to Ananda,”Those of the lowest class are the gods and humans from the worlds in the ten directions who sincerely wish to be reborn into his land, and although they are unable to do many meritious actions, they still aspire to attain unsurpassed Enlightenment, and single mindedly concentrate on Buddha Amitabha, even if it is for only ten brief moments of thought, with the desire to be born into his land. When they hear the profound Dharma, they joyously accept it with faith without entertaining any doubts, even if they only remember the Buddha just once, sincerely resolving to be reborn into his land, when they are about to die, they will see this Buddha in a dream, and upon dying they will be reborn into his pure land.
V153.    When they are about to die, the Buddha Amitabha will appear before them, accompanied by a great host of sages. Then they will follow this Buddha and be reborn into his Pure land. Instantly they are reborn miraculously from within a seven jeweled lotus, and they will dwell in a state of
non-retrogression. They will attain deep wisdom and be able to perform supernatural powers.
V154.   For this reason, Ananda, living beings who wish to see Buddha Amitabha in this present life should aspire to attain unsurpassed Enlightenment, should perform meritious deeds, and devoutly wish to be reborn into his land.”


"Anyone who sincerely desires birth in the Land of Peace and Bliss is able to attain purity of wisdom and supremacy in virtue.You should not follow the urges of the passions,break the precepts,or fall behind others in the practice of the way.
THE CONTEMPLATION SUTRA 
Whoever wishes to be born in the western pureland should practice the three acts:(1)Caring for one's parents,attending to one's teachers and elderss,compassionately refraining from killing,and do the 10 good deeds;(2)Taking the 3 refuges,keeping the various precepts,and refraining from breaking the rules of conduct;and (3)Awakening aspiration for enlightenment(bodhicitta),believing deeply in the law of causality,chanting the Mahayana sutras,and encouraging people to follow their teachings.These 3 are called pure karma.
 THE LARGER SUTRA
 "You should resolutely do worthy deeds with propriety. Strive to do more good,control ,and purify yourselves,wash away the mental defilements.Be sincere in word and deed,and allow no contradiction between what you think and what you do.Seek your own liberation and then turn to saving others;straight forwardly aspire to be born in the Pure Land and accumulate roots of virtue.However hard you may practice in this life,it can only be for a short while.In the life to come you will be born in the land of Amitayus and enjoy endless bliss there.Being forever in accord with the way,you will no longer be subject to birth nor death you will be free of the afflictions caused by greed,anger,and ignorance".

 "People of the world,parents and children,brothers and sisters,husbands and wives,and other family members and kinsmen,should respect and love each other,refraining from hatred and envy.They should share things with others,not be greedy and miserly.Always speak friendly words with a pleaseing smile.Do not hurt each other".

 "By the power of the Buddha's Original Vows All who hear his name and desire birth will without exception,be born in his land and effortlessly enter the stage of non-retrogression"

THE PURELAND IS A PLACE OF PARADISE,WITH NO PAIN OR SUFFERING,A JEWELED HEAVENLY PLACE,WHERE BUDDHIST GO WHEN THEY DIE.

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Re: Aspire to be reborn into the Pure Land
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2013, 05:30:41 pm »
Aspire to be reborn into the Pure Land of Amitabha Buddha

I must admit I only aspire to be 'born again' in this lifetime. I have a Buddha machine app that plays Amitaba mantra. Played it early this morning on a cycle journey. Use it instead of music to cleanse my ears out and for dharma 'brain washing' - oh yeah. Clean that mind right out . . .

One of the simplest and most direct practices. Often overlooked by the dharmically sophisticated . . . :pray:


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Re: Aspire to be reborn into the Pure Land
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2013, 08:17:45 pm »
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1. The Methuna Sutta is a definitive statement on the early Buddhist conception of the “holy life” (brahma,cariya). Although brahma,cariya is often translated as “celibacy,” this is only one aspect of the holy life. Central as celibacy may be to the holy life, there are other even more vital aspects, and these are listed in the sutta as the abstaining from these seven “bonds of sexuality” (methuna,saṁyoga):

    (1) enjoying physical contact;
    (2) socializing (especially for the sake of entertainment);1
    (3) lusting after the physical form;
    (4) distracted by pleasurable sounds;
    (5) delighting in frivolities with others;
    (6) approving of others indulging in physical pleasures; and
    (7) living the holy life for the sake of going to heaven.


These seven “bonds of sexuality” are so called because they still bind us to thinking about sexuality and sense-pleasures even though externally there is a façade of sexual abstinence and austerity.

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Re: Aspire to be reborn into the Pure Land
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2013, 09:46:27 pm »
Quote from: namumahaparinirvanasvaha
THE PURELAND IS A PLACE OF PARADISE,WITH NO PAIN OR SUFFERING,A JEWELED HEAVENLY PLACE,WHERE BUDDHIST GO WHEN THEY DIE.

That is pureland (heaven) of Jesus Christ, isn't it?
Enlightenment is simply the clearing away of misunderstanding. When mistaken thinking is gone, liberation has happened. (Gampopa)


When we verbally indicate a thing as 'this' or 'that', our words, like rabbits's horns, are hollow names, mere fictive imputation upon what does not exist. (Longchenpa)

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Re: Aspire to be reborn into the Pure Land
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2013, 10:35:33 pm »
You can have it all  :wink1:

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Re: Aspire to be reborn into the Pure Land
« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2013, 11:19:17 pm »
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1. The Methuna Sutta is a definitive statement on the early Buddhist conception of the “holy life” (brahma,cariya). Although brahma,cariya is often translated as “celibacy,” this is only one aspect of the holy life. Central as celibacy may be to the holy life, there are other even more vital aspects, and these are listed in the sutta as the abstaining from these seven “bonds of sexuality” (methuna,saṁyoga):

    (1) enjoying physical contact;
    (2) socializing (especially for the sake of entertainment);1
    (3) lusting after the physical form;
    (4) distracted by pleasurable sounds;
    (5) delighting in frivolities with others;
    (6) approving of others indulging in physical pleasures; and
    (7) living the holy life for the sake of going to heaven.


These seven “bonds of sexuality” are so called because they still bind us to thinking about sexuality and sense-pleasures even though externally there is a façade of sexual abstinence and austerity.


The Pureland isnt about living the holy life for the sake of going to heaven,the goal of the Pure land is to have a perfect place to practice to attain Enlightenment.(also the Pure Land has non of those things you listed)

Tell me Hanzee whats the purpose of the Thervadan PURE ABODES?
Mahayana Pure Land and Thervadan Pure Abodes are both based on the same principle.
(simply said your putting down your own teachings and you dont even know it)


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Re: Aspire to be reborn into the Pure Land
« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2013, 11:33:57 pm »
Quote from: namumahaparinirvanasvaha
THE PURELAND IS A PLACE OF PARADISE,WITH NO PAIN OR SUFFERING,A JEWELED HEAVENLY PLACE,WHERE BUDDHIST GO WHEN THEY DIE.

That is pureland (heaven) of Jesus Christ, isn't it?

I didnt say the Pure Land was a heaven,I said it was a heavenly place.do you dislike my terminology in an attempt to describe its bliss and perfection?

No its not a heaven of jesus christ
Its the Pure Land that Nagarjuna followed and devoted himself to with all his heart,leading him to write numerous works on the Pure Land promoting it extensively in all his writings.

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Re: Aspire to be reborn into the Pure Land
« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2013, 12:00:39 am »
What is the difference between heaven and heavenly place?
Enlightenment is simply the clearing away of misunderstanding. When mistaken thinking is gone, liberation has happened. (Gampopa)


When we verbally indicate a thing as 'this' or 'that', our words, like rabbits's horns, are hollow names, mere fictive imputation upon what does not exist. (Longchenpa)

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Re: Aspire to be reborn into the Pure Land
« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2013, 12:11:04 am »
What is the difference between heaven and heavenly place?
One is a place the other is a descriptive term to describe something that is blissful.
What you dont like the Pure Land that was followed and passed down by Nagarjuna?

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Re: Aspire to be reborn into the Pure Land
« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2013, 12:18:51 am »
You can even be in Pure Land, don't worry.

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« Reply #10 on: July 03, 2013, 12:20:50 am »
You can even be in Pure Land, don't worry.

You can even be in the Thervadan Pure Abodes,dont worry :smack:e

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Re: Aspire to be reborn into the Pure Land
« Reply #11 on: July 03, 2013, 12:21:54 am »
Sure, I could.

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« Reply #12 on: July 03, 2013, 12:25:29 am »
Sure, I could.

Well then that solves everything now doesnt it.

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« Reply #13 on: July 03, 2013, 12:29:26 am »
That is not sure, but eternal maybe.

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« Reply #14 on: July 05, 2013, 03:13:28 am »
You can even be in Pure Land, don't worry.


You can even be in the Thervadan Pure Abodes,dont worry :smack:e


Interesting to see you taking an interest in Buddhist cosmology.  I don’t know anything about the Pure Land, but if you are comparing it to Pure Abodes then it should be noted that The Thirty-one Planes of Existence into which beings can be reborn during their long wandering, is still samsara. 

“As superior as is rebirth in the higher worlds, such an existence is nonetheless temporary, subject to change, and involves the fundamental conflicts of existence within the limits of transmigration. This can be broken only by further spiritual insight, resulting in Nirvāṇa and release from the cycle of rebirths” (source).
"Enlightenment, for a wave in the ocean, is the moment the wave realises it is water." - Thich Nhat Hanh

 


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