Why I Believe in Pure Land (video)

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Why I Believe in Pure Land (video)

Post by Admin_PC » Tue Jun 17, 2014 10:33 pm

Seeing if I can beat plwk to the punch on this one. :mrgreen:

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Re: Why I Believe in Pure Land (video)

Post by plwk » Wed Jun 18, 2014 1:53 am

Believe it or not PC, I saw it much earlier but hesitated as I didn't find anything that Mr Kwan shared that would jump at me and in fact I wasn't in agreement with some of his opinions...Then again, that's just me, it may benefit others though...

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Re: Why I Believe in Pure Land (video)

Post by Admin_PC » Wed Jun 18, 2014 2:11 am

plwk wrote:Believe it or not PC, I saw it much earlier but hesitated as I didn't find anything that Mr Kwan shared that would jump at me and in fact I wasn't in agreement with some of his opinions...Then again, that's just me, it may benefit others though...
doh! :oops:
I only got notified about it from youtube yesterday or the day before.
I found a couple things he had to say interesting.
Mostly, it was nice to hear someone talk about their experiences.

Looks like I'm going to have to work a lot harder if I ever want to get ahead of the curve. :bow:
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Re: Why I Believe in Pure Land (video)

Post by plwk » Wed Jun 18, 2014 3:00 am

Mostly, it was nice to hear someone talk about their experiences.
On this point, I would concede an agreement, as it's tough finding personal testimonies / sharing in English on Pure Land stuff, especially coming from the East Asian Pure Land Tradition (excepting the western based Jodo Shinshu ones) where the bulk of such material is in the native languages...

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Re: Why I Believe in Pure Land (video)

Post by Ghid » Sun Jul 06, 2014 2:30 am

In the video, Alan Kwan emphasizes how Pure Land helps get to the next life.

Before now, when I have heard about Pure Land, the emphasis has been on happiness in this life.

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Re: Why I Believe in Pure Land (video)

Post by smcj » Sun Jul 06, 2014 2:52 am

Dude seemed pretty content. Notice a complete absence of modern scientific/materialist types of issues in him.

I don't think that the idea of "other power" is totally absent in Vajrayana either. The old "hook of compassion and ring of faith" metaphor that is used in the Vajrayana comes to mind.
In the Tantra of the Beautiful Auspiciousness (bKra shis mdzes ldan gyi rgyud), this "Great Primordial Purity" (spyi gzhi) is defined as follows:

What is known as "The Great Primordial Purity”
Is the state abiding before authentic Buddhas arose
And before impure sentient beings appeared;
It is called the great Primordial radiance of immutable awareness.

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Re: Why I Believe in Pure Land (video)

Post by Rakz » Sun Jul 06, 2014 5:39 pm

plwk wrote:Mostly, it was nice to hear someone talk about their experiences.
On this point, I would concede an agreement, as it's tough finding personal testimonies / sharing in English on Pure Land stuff, especially coming from the East Asian Pure Land Tradition (excepting the western based Jodo Shinshu ones) where the bulk of such material is in the native languages...
Sadly true, I hope a lot more of it gets translated in the future.

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