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By David R. Loy

ISBN-10: 1614290032

ISBN-13: 9781614290032

Interact with a brand new imaginative and prescient of Buddhism and the fashionable global with the bestselling writer of cash intercourse conflict Karma: Notes for a Buddhist Revolution.

David R. Loy addresses head-on the main urgent problems with Buddhist philosophy in our time. what's the that means of enlightenment—is it an break out from the realm, or is it a kind of mental therapeutic? How can one reconcile glossy medical idea with historic spiritual teachings? what's our position within the universe?

Loy exhibits us that neither Buddhism nor secular society on its own is enough to resolution those questions. in its place, he investigates the unforeseen intersections of the 2. via this alternate, he uncovers a brand new Buddhist means, one who is devoted to the real traditions of Buddhism yet appropriate with modernity. this manner, we will see the area because it is actually is, notice our indivisibility from it, and examine that the world's difficulties are our difficulties. it is a new course for a brand new international.

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8 The preeminence of the Maitreya cult in medieval China transformed as a result of the rise of and its interactions with the cult of Amitābha and his Pure Land Sukhāvatī. Lay Buddhists, and probably some monastics as well, saw both Sukhāvatī and Tuṣita as “Pure Lands” where Buddhist faithful were reborn. These two Buddhalands or Buddha-fields (Skt. buddhakṣetra) were often confused with each other, a confusion that seems to be a striking characteristic of the representations of Buddhist paradise at Dunhuang.

Adherents also  33 34 Domesticating the Dharma vowed to be reborn in Ketumati ( Jitoumo, Kor. Kyeduma, or Chitoumo, Kor. Sidumal), the pure land created by Maitreya when he is born on earth in the distant future. In this case aspirants hoped to be among the three assemblies of beings that will attend Maitreya’s future preaching of the Buddhadharma. The goal for both monastics and laypeople in either case was that they might hear the Buddhist teaching directly from the mouth of the future Buddha Maitreya and thus attain buddhahood.

Smaller images, one of the Buddha and two of bodhisattvas, were also placed on board to serve as models. When word reached the king, he dispatched commissioners to found a monastery on auspicious high ground; it was called Tongch’uk (East India) Monastery, and there the smaller images of the Buddha and bodhisattvas were enshrined. The metals were transported to the capital. The skilled artisans of Silla succeeded immediately in casting the Śākyamuni image in 574 (or 573 according to the monastery record).

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