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Re: Pure Land Practices - Why?
« Reply #30 on: May 28, 2015, 10:22:13 pm »
3.  Practice - recitation upon the name of Amitabha Buddha - this is like a form of samadhi cultivation through mantra recitation similar to how Theravadan's recite Buddho to help still their mind.  What's the mantra?  The name of Amitabha Buddha.

Interesting.  So is the chanting the main practice, like with Nichiren Buddhists?

For most.

However some practice a form of "kasina"
(one sutra actually has a meditation where you visualize the entire Pure Land and focus on it as one would in a kasina practice)

That sounds similar to the visualisation practices done by Tibetan Buddhists?
(...) But yes, I agree with this.
To me Buddhist Tantra is another application of Pure Land. Maybe a little more complicated.
But I believe that visualization practices train the mind far better than recitation of mantras.
But when combined together as Tantra does, Visualization alongside Recitation of Mantras is a far superior way of calming and training the mind. (...)
Or, as I like to put it, Pure Land is another type of Vajrayana Tantra.

Not only that, Pure Land can also be considered as another method of Chan/Zen.

Pure Land is, of course, a type of Yogacara practice too.

And then referring to the Pratyutpanna Samādhi Sūtra, Pure Land practice is also the practice of Prajna and Madhyamaka.


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