Pure Land & Chán United

Amitabha from Chetral Rinpoche
Amitabha, the most widely revered archetypal Buddha of Second Phase Buddhism

Imagining other dimensions of being that lift the spirit and provide inspiration.

We promote an imaginatively multidimensional experience through using traditional devotional practices.

Imagining involves developing a sense of presence for sources of inspiration that are experienced as originating outside oneself. This results in a more lucid and magical experience of the world and our place in it.

Mahayana Fundamentals

    Pure Land style Reciting

    Chan style Just Sitting

Pure Land style Reciting

Pacific Buddha was founded by two Chinese monks from both the Chán (Zen; 禪) and Pure Land (Jing Tu; 净土) traditions; each of whom shared in devotions to Amitabha (Amítuófó; 阿弥陀佛), the archetypal Buddha of the West. These recitations function similar to the development stages in Mantrayana and Vajrayana systems.

Respecting Amitabha’s pre-eminence and favor historically not only within the Pure Land tradition, but with all major Chán, Mantrayana and Vajrayana lineages, we focus our Imagining practices on

    name recitation (Niàn Fó; 念佛) of this archetypal Buddha by either chanting “Namo Amitabha”, or simply “Amitabha”;

    mantra recitation of Avalokitesvara (Guānyīn; 觀自在) by chanting “OM Manipadme HUNG” (唵嘛呢叭𡄣吽); as well as,

    reciting the [Shorter] Amitabha Sutra Delivered by the Buddha (Fó Shuo Amítuó Jing; 佛說阿彌陀經).

Chán style Just Sitting

Just Sitting works great as an awareness practice in its own right, and fits in perfectly before and after any other meditation session. This functions similarly to the complete stages found in Mantrayana and Vajrayana systems.

Respecting Yogi Chen‘s explanation of the Essence of Zen to Urgyen Sangharakshita, we focus our attention at this stage on being open to the three broad types of Just Sitting we will experience depending on the quality of our mind at any given time:

    1. Psychological Just Sitting – When we are letting the dust settle from the day’s activity, while any internal chatter and emotional/mental processing slows down naturally.

    2. Meditative Just Sitting – This can happen at any time, especially when we are reconnecting with our embodied consciousness after a meditation session has ended. It is the calm that settles in, and out of which we emerge, before getting up and resuming our daily activities.

    3. Insightful Just Sitting – Whenever we are able to just sit while resting naturally in pure perception of reality.

Benefits

– Gain access to the deeper significance behind traditions that are widely popular as the final practices for Buddhists across Asia.
– Understand the influence of South Asian henotheism on deity yoga in the Buddhist tradition.
– Learn to distinguish the difference between a visual image and the presence of one’s devotion.
– Apply sound as a method for mental cultivation – progressing from vocalized sounds to eventually sitting in external silence while listening through one’s inner ear.
– Enjoy learning to master the development and completion stages of Mantrayana and Vajrayana meditations, through easily accessible Mahayana methods, without chasing after initiations and practices that require more time for meditation than your schedule allows.
– Gain tools to properly perform an existing visualization and mantra recitation practice that came with an initiation by cross training in this simple, universally accessible method.
– Make a connection with a living tradition that links the Elysium Fields of Western mythology all the way to ancient India and modern traditions across Asia.


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