Buddhism as an Education

The path to Enlightenment



Namo Amitabha


Why is it that after relying on wisdom, we should still put our complete Faith in the teachings of the sages? It is because the Pure Land method, belonging as it does to the Mahayana tradition, is concerned with many transcendental realms beyond human knowledge or wisdom. Therefore, there are many realities that ordinary sentient beings cannot readily understand.
Why is it that after relying on wisdom, we should still put our complete Faith in the teachings of the sages? It is because the Pure Land method, belonging as it does to the Mahayana tradition, is concerned with many transcendental realms beyond human knowledge or wisdom. Therefore, there are many realities that ordinary sentient beings cannot readily understand.


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Buddhism of Wisdom & Faith: Pure Land Principles and Practice
Dharma Master Thich Thien Tam
Translated and edited by the Van Hien Study Group
Sutra Translation Committee of the United States and Canada



Index
[A] [B] [C][D] [E] [F] [G][H] [I] [J] [K][L] [M] [N] [O][P] [Q] [R] [S][T] [U] [V] [W] [X] [Y] [Z]

(Entries in boldface refer to Glossary)

A (Phoneme) 239ff

Accounts of Rebirth 291

Afflictions 167ff; 208ff; 315

Alaya consciousness 193; 228; 236; 288; 327

Amitabha as Self-Nature 182; 183; 187; 327

Amitabha Sutra 7; 45; 60; 65; 99; 114; 173; 351
-- see also "Meditation Sutra"
-- Longer 9; 70; 100; 224

Anger 149; 310; 315; 323

Attachment 85ff; 94; 260; 275; 285; 307; 312; 314; 316; 328
-- see also "Love-attachment"

Attaining the Way 9; 52; 329

Avatamsaka Sutra 31; 43; 59; 99; 114; 300; 328

Awakening of the Faith (treatise)184; 214; 218; 329

Awakening (to the Way)9; 52; 329

Bardo 50; 114; 330

Beings of the Highest Virtue304; 325

Birth and Death 7ff; 221

Bodhi Mind 29ff; 54ff: 307; 308; 330

Bodhidharma 258

Brahma Net Sutra 156; 300; 330

Budda Nature 271; 330

Buddha Recitation189;331
-- see also "Practice," "Pure Land"
-- according to the Buddhas' intent 11
-- easy practice 233ff
-- essence & practice 181ff
-- goal 78; 189; 315
-- methods 109ff; 116ff
-- Perfect Method 111
-- Samadhi 78; 188
-- & Zen, Tantrism 72

Charity299; 302

Compassion 4; 36

Concentration see "A"

Criticism 151

Cultivation methods 239; 307

Death 272ff; 323

Dedication of merits see "Transference of merits"

Degenerate Age see "Dharma-Ending Age"

Delusion 160ff; 278

Demons 201ff; 247ff; 332

Dharma 301; 305; 333

Dharma-Ending Age10; 52; 223; 271; 333

Dharma Realm 291; 333

Diamond Sutra 82; 84; 93; 114; 185; 186; 196; 334

Discouragement 164ff

Doubts 66ff; 276

Drowsiness 133ff

Dualistic attachments 89ff; 94; 302

Dusts (worldly) 210; 335

Emptiness 85; 91; 94; 336

Energy blockage 63

Enlightenment 29; 30; 328

Existence 91; 94; 313

Expedients 83; 305; 307; 311; 337

Externalists 63-65; 202; 213; 337

Faith 58ff; 306; 313
-- equals Mind 62
-- guidelines 162ff

Fault-finding 154ff

Feeling the body 288; 296; 324

Five Skandas 17ff; 337

Fixed karma 244

Four Narrow Passes 276

Four Realizations 111ff

Four Types of Practice 114ff

Good spiritual advisors281; 300ff; 305; 319; 325; 339

Great Doubt 148; 355

Great Heap Sutra 8; 156; 224

Greed 146ff; 278

Heart Sutra184; 202

Holding the Name see "Oral recitation"

Honen Shonin 4; 305

Hui K'o 268; 320

Illusion 83; 315; 339

Impermanence 227; 308ff

Jodo 4

Karma 316; 320; 339

Karma of killing 260; 289; 324; 325

Ksana 135; 339

Ksitigarbha Sutra 184; 284; 291; 322ff

Lankavatara Sutra88; 94; 202; 340

Last Rites 272ff

Laziness 225ff

Lotus Sutra 92; 114; 340

Love-attachment259; 281; 284ff; 306; 318; 321ff

Lust 141; 259; 315; 318ff

Maitreya 102; 240ff

Maligning monks 301ff

Marks 312ff; 341

Meditation Sutra73; 77; 115; 117; 277; 341; 351

Merit and virtue 306; 341

Milinda (King) 278

Mind 62; 71; 139; 167; 250, 255ff; 264ff, 274; 317; 320, 342
-- see also "One-pointedness of Mind"
-- at time of death 285ff; 321ff

Mind-power 107ff

Mind scattering 133

Narrow passes276; 280

Non-dual method 90; 343

Non-retrogression 112; 306

No-Mind (No-Thought) 77ff; 189; 311

Noumenon168; 179; 186; 305; 343

Novice practitioner 163; 184; 300; 301

One-pointedness of Mind78; 174; 189ff; 230; 344

Oral recitation119ff

Other-power see "Self-power/Other-power"

Paramita 345

Perfect Sudden Method 111

Phenomena 175; 179ff; 343

Platform Sutra 85; 87; 92; 139; 157; 311

Practice 109ff
-- see also "Buddha Recitation"

Prajna Paramita Sutra84; 85; 169; 345

Principle see "Noumenon"

Procrastination 224ff

Provisions for rebirth 97; 272; 291

Pure Land
-- see also "Buddha Recitation"
-- existence 183; 189; 309
-- expedient 83ff; 113; 311
-- novice 163; 183; 300;
-- school 3ff; 27; 111; 346

Repentance169

Residual karma 9

Retreats 173ff

Right and Wrong 151; 154

Sadness 164

Samadhi 128ff

Samantabhadra 199; 324; 346

Samatha-Vipasyana 306; 347

Scattered Mind 236

Self-Nature Amitabha 4; 184; 186ff

Self-power/Other-power69; 71; 74; 76; 278

Settled Mind Buddha Recitation 236

Seven (number) 173

Sexual lust 315; 318ff

Singlemindedness see "One-pointedness of Mind"

Shinran Shonin 8

Sixth Patriarch 85; 87; 94; 301; 312; 347

Skill-in-means 305; 307

Slander 152

Spiritual advisors 281; 339

Su Tung P'o 136

Suffering 14ff; l9ff

Supportive recitation 284ff

Surangama Sutra 9; 121; 216; 348

Sutra 42 Sections 139; 298

Ten Great Vows 349

Ten Grounds (Stages) 349

Ten Recitation Method 232

Three Points of Doubt 276

Three Pure Land Sutras 351

Torpor 133ff

Touching the body 288; 296; 324

Transference of merits 250; 291ff; 303; 324; 352

Truth 184ff

Tushita Heaven 240ff

Vegetarianism289ff; 291; 324

Vilifying monks 301ff

Vimalakirti Sutra 90; 240; 353

Vows 96ff; 278

Wisdom practices108

Wordless Sutra 140; 314

Worldly dusts 210; 355

Zen 52; 64; 71ff; 79; 186; 234; 258; 268; 306; 355
-- conditions for success 200; 217; 234
-- & Pure Land novice 163: 234


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