I believe the lower realms can be emptied in a day

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Re: I believe the lower realms can be emptied in a day

Post by Mönlam Tharchin » Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:27 pm

Buddhas are omniscient but not omnipotent. That means they can't forcibly change someone's eons of karmic imprints. Again, Buddhas teach the Dharma as their principle way of leading beings to freedom. Think of why that might be if you agree that buddhas know a great deal more about the nature of existence than we do.
With a heart wandering in ignorance down this path and that
to guide me, I simply say Namu-amida-butsu.
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"If sentient beings are touched by His radiance, their three afflictions will be eliminated and their bodies and minds will become gentle. They will be filled with joy and exuberance as benevolence arises in their minds. If those who are in extreme suffering, taking any of the three evil life-journeys, see this radiance, they can rest, no more pain or distress." -- Sutra of Amitāyus Buddha

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Re: I believe the lower realms can be emptied in a day

Post by Riju » Tue Nov 13, 2018 7:15 am

PadmaVonSamba wrote:
Fri Oct 26, 2018 3:07 am
I live in an area where there are lots of buzzards who fly around all day, looking for dead things to eat.
If you left a corpse by the side of the road, eventually buzzards would devour it.
Likewise, enough buzzards could probably eat a whole corpse in a day.
But nobody leaves dead people on the side of the road, of course!
They are put in coffins or ash urns, obscured from the beaks of hungry birds.

So, it's like that with Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.
They are all around. Even more than buzzards.
But the beings in the lower realms are obscured by their own actions.

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100 % correct statement. Even a high level Bhoddisattva has to take birth on earth, so that his view is not obscured. And yet he will have the limited capacity to empty the lower realm. Thus says my experience of past 26 years.

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