Buddhism

Topics: Mahayana, Buddhism, Pure Land Buddhism Pages: 4 (1364 words) Published: September 29, 2014
Self-power (jiriki)
-In Chan Buddhism emphasized as necessary and sufficient for enlightenment. In Pure Land, insufficient without Amida. -In Zen, spiritual achievement attained solely by one’s own efforts. Self-power forms basis of both Rinzai and Soto schools of Buddhism. -Experiencing truth for oneself and not accepting testimony of another. -In Pure Land, one cannot become enlightened themselves through their own efforts because people have become so defiled so it is impossible. They must rely on faith outside of themselves, Amitabha Buddha. Positive because it gives up realization that our tries to get to enlightenment begins the process and negative because it is egotistic, we only look at ourselves.

Nembutsu
- Hail!, reverence to! The recitation of Namu Amida Butsu, meaning I follow/return back to Amida Buddha. Chanting the name of the Buddha. To show mindfulness of Amida Buddha. The purpose to allow all beings and spirits to go to the Pure Land. For all to receive merit, compassion and great love of Amida Buddha.

Mantra
-A word or phrase of spiritual power. In Pure land Buddhism it is nembutsu. They are religious thought, prayer, and scared utterance but can also be a spell or weapon of supernatural power.

Primal Vow
-Amitabha Buddha’s promise of rebirth in the Pure Land for all those who call upon his name with sincerity of belief. -If he is called upon he can change your karma. He transmits his good karma to you. -He is so compassionate that he cannot leave the world without giving his merit to others. He had endless merit because compassion emits endless merit. -He requires faith, his name to be called as few as 10 times or to think about Buddha for one to be reborn in Pure Land.

Tantric Buddhism
-Esoteric Buddhist practice teaching transformation through visualization symbols and ritual. Esoteric (hidden or secret). -Has mantras, mandalas and mudras. Buddha nature is a spark of the divine light. You must want to complete this...
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