RLGA01H3 Lecture Notes - Mahayana, Dharmachakra, Pure Land

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12 Dec 2012
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Meaning of compassion in buddhism is to practice it for the better of others rather than for themselves, selfless prayers. Bodhisattvas don"t mind coming back and repeating samsara; reincarnation is voluntary. The purity of the heart is seen as a state of nirvana. Popular worships (sort of like deities for bodhisattvas): Manjusri (wisdom): depicted in yellow (the body), right hand holding a sword, has a flame or fire on the tip of the sword to cut loose our attachment and desires, on the lotus there is the religious scriptures. Land of bliss , and they"ll be able to be reborn on this pure land; Translation of the word the sanskrit work sukhavati (sukha = bliss and vati = land) Sounds like fundamental christianity (how the believing in jesus will lead you straight into heaven) But it has to do with the yogacara teaching of consciousness-only .

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