Thursday, October 04, 2012

Pure Land

The pure land is as pure as we make it.  If we are less pure, the pure land has impurities.  We can't even see the pure land if we're don't have any purity.

Bhante Sangharakshita sees it as a koan that the Buddha or a Bodhisattva creates a pure land, and yet what you see in it, is up to the person.  Something to meditate on, to transcend. (p.36 IE)

But if we are to make sense of conditionality, "this being, that becomes," we know that we're all connected an you can't build a buddhafield alone (as much as we might like to try).

Milarepa had build and tore down a tower for quite a while.  His teacher was helping him to burn off his negative karma.

In the Meghiya Sutta, the Buddha suggests what you can do if you're not ready to meditate.  He can work on noble friendships, ethics, listen to the Dharma, and develop discernment, to see conditionality.  He can also clarify what is to be abandoned, develop good will and a positive attitude, mindfulness (we have two meditations for this, this is the ground floor in the system of meditation) and understand the no permanent self doctrine.

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