East Asian Studies

East Asian Studies - PureLandandMeditation...

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Pure Land and Meditation 22/04/2010 12:02:00 Pure land is practiced by majority of the population Pure land in Chinese is Jingtu Jodo  Japanese version of pure land Shinshu  full title of Buddhism Temples in Japanese style architecture are bond to be pure land type Jingtu  Chinese This form of Buddhism was what became very popular in Eastern Asia Belief was promoted to common people Awareness of difficulty of gaining enlightenment through textual study Things have fallen considerably Conditions for becoming enlightened became much more difficult in  comparison to the time of the Buddha o Conclusion is this is because we have come to a decline Time of the Buddhas lifetime and a certain period of time after  that was the Era of the True Law Era of True law Perfect 500 years Era of Reflective Law/Counterfeit law Step down from era of true law A little left but degenerating 500 years Era of Final Degenerate law/ decay law No form of content left  empty shell Superior knowledge is futile 1000 years Chinese Buddhas believed that they were in the era of degenerative law
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That means accumulation of good merits is not enough to get you salvation Intellectual understanding through Buddhist texts was not enough
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