A Zen Master on Pure Land Practice

matthewsatori:

I am currently reading Pure-land Zen, Zen Pure-land by Zen master Yin Kuang. Like Nagarjuna, he makes the distinction between conventional truth and ultimate truth:
https://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/yin_kuang.pdf

At the conventional level, Amida is a literal Buddha and the Pure Land is a literal place billions of Buddha-lands to the West. At the ultimate level, Yin Kuang says Amida is the Buddha-nature in all things, including our own Buddha-nature, and the Pure Land is here and now.

He also warns that, if the Pure Land is mind-only, it is not an excuse to neglect our practice of reciting Amida’s name. This is because, for most people, he says Pure Land practice is the only realistic way to attain Buddhahood.

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NAMU-AMIDA-BUTSU

At the conventional level, Amida is a literal Buddha and the Pure Land is a literal place billions of Buddha-lands to the West. At the ultimate level, Yin Kuang says Amida is the Buddha-nature in all things, including our own Buddha-nature, and the Pure Land is here and now.