All the suffering in the
world arises out of wanting
happiness for self. All happiness in the
world arises out of wanting happiness for others.
There's a Zen saying: "Even false words are true if they lead to liberation; even true words are false if they become the object of attachment."
The champions of Pure Land Buddhism have always made the case that Pure Land methods are especially valuable because they are particularly effective in meeting the needs of the greatest number of people. When we face facts, most of us have to admit that we see little realistic prospect of achieving salvation through the eons of gradual practice spoken of in the Buddhist scriptures, or the heroic efforts of the Zen masters, or the years of esoteric dedication demanded by the Esoteric Schools. Pure Land practice, on the other hand, is explicitly designed as an easy way, open to all.
Mind-Seal of the
Buddhas Patriarch Ou-i's
Commentary on the Amitabha Sutra
Translated by J.C. Cleary
Foreword, Notes and Glossary by Van
Hien Study Group
This book is a translation from the
Chinese of a major commentary on the Amitabha Sutra, the key text of
Pure Land Buddhism. Its author is the distinguished seventeenth century
T'ien-T'ai Master Ou-i, subsequently honored as the ninth Patriarch of the
Pure Land school. To our knowledge, it is the first time this work has ever
been rendered into a Western language.
This is a summary of the tenth Stage of
Bodhisattvas, called Cloud of Teaching... Whatever acts they undertake,
whether through giving, or kind speech, or beneficial action, or
cooperation, it is all never apart from thoughts of Buddha [Buddha
Recitation], the Teaching, the Community (Sangha).
"The Ten Stages"
Sutra Translation Committee of the United States and Canada New
York - San Francisco - Niagara Falls - Toronto 1996