Kuan Shih Yin Goddess Of Mercy Pure Land page
Pure Land is a devotional Buddhism offering an escape from the cycle of
rebirth (samsara) and retrogression through faith in a deified Buddha.
Mahayanists proposed the existence of infinite worlds, each containing
Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. The most celebrated of these heavens is the western
paradise known as Sukhavati, "happy" or "pure" land. This is the dwelling
of the Buddha Amitabha (Unlimited Radiance).
Pure Land is a generic term used for the realms of the Buddhas.
The realm of Amitabha Buddha ; western land of Amitabha Buddha is also
known as the Land of Ultimate Bliss.
Pure Land practice is suitable for the layman and is a widespread Chinese
Buddhist cultivation. It is an "Easy Path of Practice" as contrast to the
"Difficult path of Practice"(the Path of the Sages or Self-Power Path).
"Easy Path Practice" in simple term means to rely on own's own cultivation(self-power)
and the power of the Buddha Amitabha and Bodhisattvas(other-powers).
In Pure Land Practice, one can in one's lifetime attain rebirth in the
western Land of Amitabha Buddha. This is through the practice of Buddha
Recitation with sincere faith ie. mind with reverence and awe ( without
disrespect and over familiarity) and vows (the determination to be reborn
in the Pure Land so as to be in a position to save oneself and others).
There are four general Buddhist recitation methods ; Real Mark Buddha recitation,
Visualisation, Comtemplation of an Image and Oral
Recitation. Oral Recitation is simply saying Buddha's name silently
or aloud and is the most popular method. Important point is it is done
with reverence and an earnest mind.
Why rebirth in Pure Land of Amitabha Buddha? It is the environment there
where one no longer is subject to retrogression ( one is assured of Buddhahood)
and leaves behind Birth and Death forever (no more samsara) and can cultivate
oneself towards the ultimate goal of Buddhahood.
In Pure Land, there are three Sages; Bodhisattva Mahasthamaprapta (Ta Shih
Chih), Kuan Shih Yin Bodhisattva ( Ta Pei Zhou) and Buddha Amitabha (A Mi T'o).
Bodhisattva Mahasthamaprpata ( The Great Strength Bodhisattva) is recognised
by the jewelled water pitcher on Her crown.
In this Picture,
The Great Strength Bodhisattva (Ta Shih Chih) is standing on Buddha Amitabha's