Son of Buddha wrote:How about discussion on Pure Land practices?
I think it'd be an interesting discussion, but we'll have to hope for contributions from folks such as Dodatsu, Sinweiy, and plwk, because I only know a limited amount in regards to these traditions. I'll ask around the Jodo Shu crowd to get some input from them if I can.
Son of Buddha wrote:Are their rituals for new borns from a pure land perspective
Rev Koyo Kubose of BrightDawn Sangha (his background is in Higashi Honganji Otani school of Jodo Shinshu as well as Soto & Rinzai Zen) related a story on one of his podcasts of a blessing ritual he performed for a newborn, but he seemed to say it was uncommon.
Son of Buddha wrote:How to meditate based around Pure Land
I've been told that you practice the visualizations from the Visualization Sutra while performing nembutsu, but that the visions can come about naturally while performing nembutsu as long as one is well-versed in the Visualization Sutra (this comes from Honen and his disciple Shoko Bencho. I imagine others have different methods, especially the Chinese practitioners. I know of at least one Vietnamese patriarch that practices "Esoteric Pure Land" and I have some of his Pure Land books. This is an area where some input from the Vajrayana crowd might come in handy.
Son of Buddha wrote:How laity bodhisattva pure landers should live in daily life.
The Amitayus Sutra has a lengthy discussion on this. Some schools stress "naturalness" and being as good as one can be without putting on an act or stressing oneself out.
Son of Buddha wrote:commentary on experience from masters in pure land meditation.
Again, I would imagine that the input from the mainland asia (including Tibet & Taiwan) crowd will be key.
Son of Buddha wrote:What are the rituals done on a persons death bed in relation to pure land
Aside from reciting nembutsu continuously, reciting the Pure Land sutras, and leaving the body alone after death for up to 24 hours, I'm pretty ignorant on this one. Hopefully we can get some input from some clergy.
Son of Buddha wrote:What are the rituals done after a person dies in relation to pureland.
I'm only aware of the 49 days nembutsu practice. I think I may have a book with this info, I know more than one is available.
Son of Buddha wrote:These are somethings I would be interested in.
They're all good questions, I just wish I could answer more of them.