Tag Archives: Pure Land

Shih−t’ou (Sekito)

A little biographical sketch of todays favored Ch’an Master, from Suzuki’s Manual of Zen Buddhism: Shih−t’ou (Sekito) (700-790) whose family name was Chen came from the district of Tuan−chou. His other name was Hsi−ch’ien. While still young, his religious feeling … Continue reading

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Chinul on Pure Land

Chinul found the Pure Land practice of his time to be embraceable, provided that it was based upon one’s “own Buddha-mind”. Chinul followed Sŏn Master Yen-shou’s admonition, “If the mind is known, then one is born in the mind-only pure … Continue reading

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Selections from the Mahāratnakūṭa Sūtra

The Mahāratnakūṭa Sūtra can be likened unto an ancient repository of forty-nine texts of Mahāyāna Buddhist Sūtras. As such it is also known in its abbreviated title, the Ratnakūṭa Sūtra, or a heap containing some precious jewels of the Mahāyāna. There … Continue reading

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The Pure Lands

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Bassui had the distinction of empowering others to see beyond their literal notions of the Buddha Pure Lands. However he would not make the attempt if the inquirers were exclusively attached to the phenomenal world and incapable of seeing beyond … Continue reading

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