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Buddhism notes week 10

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Buddhism notes week 10 THEO-368

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Notes on Pure Land Buddhism, comparing it to Mahayana and notes on the Tibetan Tradition.
Karen Enriquez
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Buddhism, pure land, Tibetan Tradition
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Marjolijn on Sunday April 3, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to THEO-368 at Xavier University taught by Karen Enriquez in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 21 views. For similar materials see Buddhism in Religious Studies at Xavier University.

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Date Created: 04/03/16
Pure Land Buddhism Namo-Amida-Butsu (chanting of the name) In pure land Buddhism there is an abundance of traditions. Higher beliefs. In a higher power. Are Zen & Pure Land opposites? are they held together by the Mahayana tradition? Pure land begins with convo between Chinese religions and buddhism. 3 main scriptures: 1. Sutra of the Buddha of Infinite Life 2. Smaller Sukhavati-vyuha Sutra 3. Amitabha Sutra / Contemplation Sutra (Amitayurdhyana/Amitayurbuddhanusmrti Sutra) Practice of Contemplation - visualize mindfullness awareness “heaven” - land of Bliss - Amida Buddha Amita - Amitabha (infinite Light) - Amitayus (infinite Life) Pure Land: worlds that are pure and free of all corruption (vs, our worlds - corrupt and defiled( Sukha-vati: Land of Bliss - Sukha - happinness - Name of a particular paradise to the West, the pure land of Amida. Nembutsu: proclaimes as the way to liberation from suffering - visualization + recitation Reason for Pure Land Devotion Difficulty of the path - Path is narrow and everywhere surrounded by suffering and death - sense: fear, death, helplessness - Take seriously human conditions: ignorance and our desire that controls and overwhelms us. What Devotion entails: - “Easy” path: trust, faith, and devotion to “other-power” - “call on Amida’s name”: numbest (visualization + chant) - Not mere oral recitation but a “total entrusting of the mind and heart” and to continue to “recite the Name throughout one’s entire life, now as an expression of gratitude and joy” Pure Land and Zen Two sides of the same coin Buddha nature both paths of to wisdom and compassion. ____________________________________________________________________________ Tibetan tradition mixture of monastically-based Mahayana and tantric mysticism and ritual. Stoepa’s. Turning the prayer wheels is the same as chanting. Gives the same good karma. Also walking around the holy places. Ways of worship: Prayer flags Prayer wheels Circumambulation Prostrations Offerings Chanting (especially of mantras) Ritual practice: acts of our body, expressions of speech, and contemplations of the mind.


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