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Pure Land in Zen?

Postby TonyD on Mon Jan 04, 2016 2:58 pm

Happy New Year,

I'm wondering if anyone here combines any Pure Land practices with Zen. If so, how do you do that?

Thanks and Gassho
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Re: Pure Land in Zen?

Postby desert_woodworker on Mon Jan 04, 2016 6:05 pm

Tony,

My Ch'an shifu had an intent of -- and encouraged us to -- "establish a Pure Land on earth".

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Re: Pure Land in Zen?

Postby TonyD on Tue Jan 05, 2016 6:58 pm

Good idea!
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Re: Pure Land in Zen?

Postby Guo Gu on Wed Jan 06, 2016 3:40 am

tony,

from the 16th century onward in china, practitioners regularly combined so-called "pure land" practices with "zen." i'm putting these in scare quotes because to many they mean different things.

anyway, one way ppl combined the practices is to recite amitabha buddha's name, then when one reaches a deep concentrated state, one would turn that method into a huatou or critical phrase method and ask: "who's reciting the buddha's name?"

for the late master sheng yen, "building a pure land on earth" is not the pure land of amitabha. this teaching is based on the vimalakirti sutra where it states that when the mind is pure, one's land is pure. all buddhas are already living in their pure lands. the teaching arose in chp 1 of the sutra when shariputra was wondering where is shakyamuni's "pure land," since all buddhas have their respective pure lands. shakyamuni then showed that his pure land is none other than the saha world (samsara) and gave shariputra a glimpse of what shakyamuni sees.

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Re: Pure Land in Zen?

Postby TonyD on Wed Jan 06, 2016 7:34 pm

This is great info, thanks and gassho.
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Re: Pure Land in Zen?

Postby cam101+ on Sat Nov 05, 2016 1:04 am

Well, one is self power, while the other is other power. They are completely different, and exactly the same.
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