Category: quotes

If enlightenment is the abolishment of craving…

If enlightenment is the abolishment of craving, how can we attain it by craving it? If enlightenment is the realization of non-self, how do we attain it through self-effort alone?In reciting the name of Amida Buddha, we are safely and effortlessly reborn into the Pure Land, the realm of Nirvana.

Any corporeal aspects [such as the marks of th…

Any corporeal aspects [such as the marks of the Buddha] that are visible are magic-like products of Suchness [Ultimate Truth] manifested in accordance with the mentality of men in defilement. It is not, however, that these corporeal aspects which result from the suprarational functions of wisdom are of the nature of nonemptiness [i.e., substantial]; for wisdom has no aspects that can be perceived.

No matter the Southern (Theravada) or the Nort…

No matter the Southern (Theravada) or the Northern (Mahayana) Tradition, both share the common purpose of helping living beings bring forth the Bodhi-mind, to put an end to birth and death, and to leave suffering and attain bliss.

The Pure Land of bliss is the realm of Nirvana…

The Pure Land of bliss is the realm of Nirvana, the uncreated;
I fear it is hard to be reborn there by doing various good acts
according to our diverse conditions.
Hence, the Tathagata (Buddha) selected the essential Dharma,
Instructing beings to recite Amida’s Name (Namu-Amida-Butsu)
with singleness, again singleness.

The land of bliss is the realm of Nirvana, th…

The land of bliss is the realm of Nirvana,
the uncreated;
I fear it is hard to be born there by doing various good acts
according to our diverse conditions.
Hence, the Tathagata selected the essential Dharma,
Instructing beings to recite Amida’s Name
with singleness, again singleness.

Buddhas, Just as We Are…

matthewsatori:

The Japanese term konomama, which means “just as I am,” is a central concept in Zen and Jodo Shinshu Buddhism.

Whereas Jodo Shinshu teaches that we are accepted by Amida Buddha, just as we are, Zen teaches that we are already buddhas, just as we are, in our true nature.

Zen sees the purpose of Buddhist practice, including reciting the name of Amida Buddha, Namu-Amida-Butsu, as awakening to the Buddha which we essentially are.

It’s like we are water in our original nature, and the three poisons of greed/lust, anger/hate and delusion/ignorance have hardened us into ice. Buddhist teaching and practice is the heat which melts us back to that original state.

These words are from Hakuin’s poem, The Song of Zazen:

All beings by nature are Buddha,
As ice by nature is water.
Apart from water there is no ice;
Apart from beings, no Buddha…
The Pure Land itself is near.
Those who hear this truth even once
And listen with a grateful heart,
Treasuring it, revering it,
Gain blessings without end…
Nirvana is right here, before our eyes,
This very place is the Lotus Land,
This very body, the Buddha.  

http://www.thezensite.com/ZenTeachings/Translations/Song_of_Zazen.htm

In reciting the Nembutsu, the name of Amida Buddha, Namu-Amida-Butsu, we awaken to Amida as the True Self:

NAMU-AMIDA-BUTSU

Zen sees the purpose of Buddhist practice, including reciting the name of Amida Buddha, Namu-Amida-Butsu, as awakening to the Buddha which we essentially are.

‘Dharma-body,” a term used in the tradition of…

‘Dharma-body,” a term used in the tradition of Mahayana Buddhism to denote the ultimate nature of the Buddha and of reality… The term refers to the perfectly realized wisdom of all buddhas. In this sense all buddhas are one. It may refer also to the ultimate reality of existence, or things as they really are.

This page has over 3,800 followers, with an av…

This page has over 3,800 followers, with an average of 250 new followers a month since it started in December 2016. I don’t know why you follow this page, but I hope you get something good from the experience. I am just an average guy looking for inner peace.

The crux of Zen is to awaken to the Original F…

The crux of Zen is to awaken to the Original Face, and one who has done so is a buddha. Any external Buddha or God we seek, entrust ourselves to, or believe in, falls short of the true buddha. Zen proclaims that the true buddha is nothing other than the self that has awakened to our Original Face.

While the ignorant recite Amitabha’s name for …

While the ignorant recite Amitabha’s name for rebirth in the Pure Land, the enlightened purify their mind, for, as the Buddha said, ‘When the mind is pure, the land is also pure.’ If we can realize the Essence of Mind (Buddha-nature) at all times and behave in a straightforward manner on all occasions, in the twinkling of an eye we may (here and now) reach the Pure Land and see Amitabha.