Posts Tagged ‘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 was strongly stirred against a barbarous custom which was practiced among the Liao race. The custom consisted in sacrificing bulls in order to appease the wrath of the evil spirits which were worshipped by the people. Shih−t'ou Read more [...]

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 land.” Pure Land practice is altered such that the recitation of “namo Amitabha Buddha” is simply calling one’s own name, and meditation on Pure Land is seeing into one’s own clear and brilliant True Mind, whereas supplicating Amitabha’s primal Read more [...]

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 are indeed some great Dharma-Jewels contained within it. Our primary resource that houses excellent translations of these texts is A Treasury of Mahāyāna Sūtras: Selections from the Mahāratnakūṭa Sūtra, Translated from the Read more [...]

The Pure Lands

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 it. For those who were in earnest, i.e., who could see beyond phenomenal categories with the clear-light of zen, he would engage them with that clear-understanding. The following are extracted portions from his Pure-Land Dialogs. “Western direction Read more [...]
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