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Offline NepalianBuddhist

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How to get started in Pure Land?
« on: April 19, 2013, 10:09:24 am »
How does a beginner get started in Pure Land? ....


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Re: How to get started in Pure Land?
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2013, 12:05:08 am »
Why don't you just pray to God to get to paradise? See this is what your own culture has to offer ... why are you looking for new ideas like Amithaba and pure land which originate from  a foreign a culture? After many efforts you will get to the same result you would have got to much easier if you had stuck to what your own culture has to offer.  :fu:

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Re: How to get started in Pure Land?
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2013, 01:04:04 am »
Very qualified question back. So maybe ask why do I like to get started with Pure Land? What is the aim I like to reach?


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Re: How to get started in Pure Land?
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2013, 08:50:31 am »
I do some Pure Land practice and the thing I learned form it is that it's just like any other sect of Buddhism. You do have to study the Dharma and work at it. But with that, you chant Amitabha Buddha's name as a meditaion to help yourself. When you chant His name, He points the way.

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Re: How to get started in Pure Land?
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2013, 01:42:26 pm »
Why don't you just pray to God to get to paradise? See this is what your own culture has to offer ... why are you looking for new ideas like Amithaba and pure land which originate from  a foreign a culture? After many efforts you will get to the same result you would have got to much easier if you had stuck to what your own culture has to offer.  :fu:

There are a lot of different churches that support Christianity.

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Re: How to get started in Pure Land?
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2013, 01:54:00 pm »
Very qualified question back. So maybe ask why do I like to get started with Pure Land? What is the aim I like to reach?




I like to "travel" and "make the voyage" ... Not literally though, but "travelling to distant lands."

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Re: How to get started in Pure Land?
« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2013, 04:31:27 pm »
Wesley,

To get started is very, very simple - all you do is singlemindedly recite "Namo Amitabha Buddha" or "Namo Amitofo" (in mandarin) over and over again.  Use the sound of the recitation as a vehicle to approach the stillness of the mind.

You can recite whilst walking, standing, sitting and lying down.  Though it's not considered courteous to recite aloud whilst lying down or in dirty places like toilets.

The key is to use the recitation as a medium to help you reach samadhi.

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Re: How to get started in Pure Land?
« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2013, 09:24:22 pm »
Why don't you just pray to God to get to paradise? See this is what your own culture has to offer ... why are you looking for new ideas like Amithaba and pure land which originate from  a foreign a culture? After many efforts you will get to the same result you would have got to much easier if you had stuck to what your own culture has to offer.  :fu:

There are a lot of different churches that support Christianity.
Yes but there is only you and many other humans who hope and fear and want to be helped by some god or buddha and want to escape into a paradise or pureland and humans have creatively deviced modes of conduct and practice for that and these are helpful support to gain relaxation, find peace in oneself by means of confidence and faith and positive thinking  :fu:
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Re: How to get started in Pure Land?
« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2013, 10:51:06 pm »
Wesley,

To get started is very, very simple - all you do is singlemindedly recite "Namo Amitabha Buddha" or "Namo Amitofo" (in mandarin) over and over again.  Use the sound of the recitation as a vehicle to approach the stillness of the mind.

You can recite whilst walking, standing, sitting and lying down.  Though it's not considered courteous to recite aloud whilst lying down or in dirty places like toilets.

The key is to use the recitation as a medium to help you reach samadhi.




As soon as you are at the point that you do it around the clock, you will be in pure land. So don't wait and just talk about where you could travel.


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Re: How to get started in Pure Land?
« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2013, 11:11:01 pm »
Very qualified question back. So maybe ask why do I like to get started with Pure Land? What is the aim I like to reach?
I like to "travel" and "make the voyage" ... Not literally though, but "travelling to distant lands."
Ah. I think I've had my curiosity about something satisfied, which is why are you are interested and yet conflicted. If I may, for clarification I'd like to ask; do you find Christianity stale? Do you think something more exotic you'll find more stimulating? Is that it? If so, that is completely understandable.

Having said that, Pure Land is as close to Christianity as you'll find in Dharma. It might be an easy transition. Good choice!
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Re: How to get started in Pure Land?
« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2013, 09:21:59 am »
If I may, for clarification I'd like to ask; do you find Christianity stale? Do you think something more exotic you'll find more stimulating? Is that it? If so, that is completely understandable.

No, Christianity is still as fresh and new as it was back then.

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Re: How to get started in Pure Land?
« Reply #11 on: April 26, 2013, 09:32:53 am »
How does a beginner get started in Pure Land? ....

Seeking a vow, a vow of all vows, asking to to be reborn in Amitabha Buddha's Pure Land.

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Re: How to get started in Pure Land?
« Reply #12 on: April 26, 2013, 05:48:43 pm »
If you want the lo-down on it, you gotta do 3 main things to be reborn in the Pureland:
1.  Faith - you gotta believe that Amitabha's Pure Land exists.  If you don't believe it, that's okay too but, obviously you won't be cultivating this Dharma door.  If you ask around people you know who've cultivated the Pureland - you might be surprised how many stories you'll hear about this.  For some stories, there's a book by Thich Tien Tam.
2.  Vows - you make a vow to be reborn there
3.  Practice - you singlemindedly and sincerely recite the holy name of Amitabha Buddha - this way you're invoking Amitabha's power and requesting him to help you out.  You want to try to reach the samadhi of recitation.

You've also got to have good roots - this is the good karma.  So you gotta try and create good karma and refrain from bad karma to maximize your chances.  It will be more difficult if you on the one hand recite and on the other hand, keep creating bad karma.

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Re: How to get started in Pure Land?
« Reply #13 on: May 02, 2013, 07:23:57 pm »
« Last Edit: May 02, 2013, 07:26:09 pm by Skull »
The bodhi resolve is like empty space, this because its marvelous qualities are boundlessly vast.  Avatamsaka Sutra, ch. 39

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Re: How to get started in Pure Land?
« Reply #14 on: September 17, 2013, 08:23:22 am »
Blah Blah Blah *Gone crazy* Bonkers rolling around in the grass La La La La!

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