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 明安 Myoan » 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. -- Ippen

The Fundamental Vow [of Amitabha Buddha] is just for such people as woodcutters and grassgatherers, vegetable pickers, drawers of water and the like, illiterate folk who merely recite the Buddha's name wholeheartedly, confident that as a result of saying "Namu Amida Butsu" they will be born into the western land. -- Master Hōnen

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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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