buddhist lit wk 9

buddhist lit wk 9 - the other “sources of happiness”...

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Jen Winston REL134xg Discussion Section October 28, 2008 Week 9 Discussion Question 1 1.) How is the Pure Land of Amita described in the Longer Sukhavativyuha Sutra? Are its qualities universal in appeal, or are they difficult to understand outside the Indian cultural context? Does this paradise appeal to you? Why or why not? In the Longer Sukhavativyuha Sutra , the Land of Bliss is portrayed as a complete utopia. It is described as having colorful trees, beautiful flowers, and flowing rivers. Anything its residents wish for, they are granted—anything from a specific type of clothing to a palace. As Amita speaks to Ananda, he says, “Even a whole cosmic age would pass while the many sources of happiness in this Land of Bliss were being praised, and yet such a long time would not be enough to describe fully the totality of these sources of happiness.” This quote demonstrates that the Land of Bliss is fundamentally perfect. While many of the aspects that make the Land of Bliss so incredible are Indian-specific things such as Lotus flowers and purple clouds, many of
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Unformatted text preview: the other “sources of happiness” are relatable across all cultures. The Land is described as each individual’s personal heaven when Amita explains an individual can smell however he or she would like, and his whole world will take on that scent. Another individual with a different smell preference would be able to smell his preferred scent. This idea of a personalized paradise clearly has universal appeal, in that it can mean whatever the individual wants it to mean. Another aspect this Land of Bliss offers that specifically appeals to those in Indian culture is the absence of negative words. The negative words Amita brings up are words that Buddhists would identify as far more negative than non-Buddhists. He uses “hindrance,” “unwholesome,” and “suffering,” which are all words that will probably specifically resonate with those in Indian culture. In my opinion, the Land of Bliss sounds fabulous and very developed in terms of pleasing those who make it there....
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This note was uploaded on 12/09/2008 for the course REL 134g taught by Professor Loriminks during the Fall '08 term at USC.

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