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Offline NepalianBuddhist

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How-to develop a Pure Land practice
« on: December 01, 2013, 05:37:31 pm »
Hello, I was looking at some click-links on Amitabha Buddha and Pure Land.

I understand that its hundreds of years old? What takes place in the Pure Land meditation is terra-cognita .. Which is insight meditation about the discovery of a existence and whether entry into the real Pure Land only occurs after death. You need this as a well as meritorious karma.

While doing the insight meditation I also have to be conscious of being able to pay the fare to "get there" by boat. "The Boat" in Buddhism

Plus, I read at Dharmawheel that Pure Landers don't meditate. Huh? Of course Pure Land Buddhists meditate.

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Re: How-to develop a Pure Land practice
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2013, 07:33:03 pm »
Hi, Wesley.  I am not certain why Pure Land practitioners would "not" meditate. I can understand from the following why outsiders might think so, though.  Recitation, as described may resemble "chanting" to them rather than meditation, much like bowing to Buddha's statue as an act of veneration may appear to outsiders as an act of worship.

The following description of recitation practice during Pure Land meditation from a Wiki regarding Pure Land Practice from a Chin Mahayana perspective:

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In Chinese Buddhism, Pure Land practice never became a sect of Buddhism separate from general Mahāyāna practice. In particular, Pure Land and Zen practice are often seen as being mutually compatible, and no strong distinctions are made.[35] Chinese Buddhists have traditionally viewed the practice of meditation and the practice of reciting Amitābha Buddha's name, as complementary and even analogous methods for achieving enlightenment.[35] This is because they view recitation as a meditation method used to concentrate the mind and purify thoughts.[35] Chinese Buddhists widely consider this form of recitation as a very effective form of meditation practice.[35]


resource for further study:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pure_Land_Buddhism
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Re: How-to develop a Pure Land practice
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2013, 08:04:32 pm »
Charles Luk has identified three meditation practices as being widely used in Pure Land Buddhism:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pure_Land_Buddhism#Meditation

Also came across a nice video related to the Namo Amitabha Mantra:


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Re: How-to develop a Pure Land practice
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2013, 03:59:23 pm »
Do you know any specific Pure Land teachers? ... What is the initial development stage of the meditation practice besides chant & bow. (in the process of developing a practice)

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Re: How-to develop a Pure Land practice
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2013, 04:02:49 pm »
Hi, Wesley.  I am not certain why Pure Land practitioners would "not" meditate. I can understand from the following why outsiders might think so, though.  Recitation, as described may resemble "chanting" to them rather than meditation, much like bowing to Buddha's statue as an act of veneration may appear to outsiders as an act of worship.

The following description of recitation practice during Pure Land meditation from a Wiki regarding Pure Land Practice from a Chin Mahayana perspective:

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In Chinese Buddhism, Pure Land practice never became a sect of Buddhism separate from general Mahāyāna practice. In particular, Pure Land and Zen practice are often seen as being mutually compatible, and no strong distinctions are made.[35] Chinese Buddhists have traditionally viewed the practice of meditation and the practice of reciting Amitābha Buddha's name, as complementary and even analogous methods for achieving enlightenment.[35] This is because they view recitation as a meditation method used to concentrate the mind and purify thoughts.[35] Chinese Buddhists widely consider this form of recitation as a very effective form of meditation practice.[35]


resource for further study:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pure_Land_Buddhism


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Re: How-to develop a Pure Land practice
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2014, 02:07:09 pm »
Hello Wesley,

I moved from 'general' Buddhism (encompassing many practices and meditations) to full time Amida Buddhism in December.

In Amida Buddhism (which is a UK based sect but based almost wholly on Japanese Jodo-Shu Pure Land Buddhism) the sole practice is the 'Nembutsu', which is 'the keeping of Amida Buddha in mind'.   It is achieved, in line with Amitabha's vows, through the chanting of his name, the calling of him.   

Amida symbolized infinite love and infinite life.  When you walk with Amida; you walk with the infinite love and compassion of the universe. You have called upon it and it becomes one with you.   

Although the main practice is the Nembutsu chanting; there are other auxiliary practices and actually anything can be Nembutsu, as long as your heart is open and you are considering it as your Nembutsu practice.

It's a beautiful, optimistic, compassionate form of Buddhist.

The 4 Noble Truths of course still apply.   But Pure Land Buddhism accepts that our nature makes it almost impossible for us to become enlightened under our own steam only.   We need the help of the Universe and we call upon that through Amida and the Nembutsu.

Take a look at :-   http://www.amidatrust.com/   

There are members in the US too.   :)

If I can help in any other way, just let me know.

 


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