The Pure Land: A Training Ground for Bodhisattvas

As it says in the Infinite Life Sutra below, Amida vowed that those reborn into the Pure Land would have “one more life” before attaining Buddhahood. 

It’s not a place, according to traditional Pure Land teaching, where one instantly attains Buddhahood:

If, when I attain Buddhahood, bodhisattvas in the Buddha-lands of other quarters who visit my land should not ultimately and unfailingly reach the Stage of Becoming a Buddha after One More Life, may I not attain perfect Enlightenment…

The Buddha said to Ananda, “All the bodhisattvas in the land of Amitayus will ultimately attain the Stage of Becoming a Buddha After One More Life.”

Acording to Master Sheng-Yen, the Pure Land is a training ground for Bodhisattvas, who must then return to this world to attain Buddhahood. He says that only in the human realm can one fully attain Buddhahood:


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