Three Views of the Pure Land

Just as different ordinary persons can have diverse experiences in the same physical location, different Dharma practitioners will perceive the Buddha’s field of activity (buddha-kshetra) in diverse ways. 

Those who are fully enlightened or near-enlightened —the Buddhas and Great Bodhisattvas on the seventh through tenth levels (bhumis)— perceive the Pure Land as the realm of suchness (dharma-kshetra), the field of non-conceptual, non-dual wisdom. 

Those who have purified the gross afflictions but still retain the subtle obscurations —the Bodhisattvas on the first through the sixth levels— perceive the Pure Land as the realm of radiant glory (sambhoga-kshetra), the field of uninterrupted joy in the Dharma. 

Those who earnestly cultivate the mind of enlightenment (bodhichitta) and generate the definitive aspiration for birth in the Pure Land while still burdened with negative karma, perceive the Pure Land as the realm of transformation (nirmana-kshetra), the field of non-retrogression on the path of Dharma.

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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