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The Lotus Sutra - 15 Life span - 2 The Pure Land

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023897

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

A description of the experience

The Lotus sutra – translated by Burton Watson

When living beings witness the end of a kalpa
and all is consumed in a great fire,
this, my land, remains safe and tranquil,
constantly filled with heavenly and human beings.

The halls and pavilions in its gardens and groves
are adorned with various kinds of gems.
Jeweled trees abound in flowers and fruit
where living beings enjoy themselves at ease.

The gods strike heavenly drums,
constantly making many kinds of music.
Mandarava blossoms rain down,
scattering over the Buddha and the great assembly.

My Pure Land is not destroyed,
yet the multitude see it as consumed in fire,
with anxiety, fear and other sufferings
filling it everywhere.

These living beings with their various offenses,
through causes arising from their evil actions,
spend asamkhya kalpas
without hearing the name of the Three Treasures.

But those who practice meritorious ways,
who are gentle, peaceful, honest and upright,
all of them will see me
here in person, preaching the Law.

The source of the experience

Lotus Sutra, the

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Symbols

Science Items

Mass Extinction

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Commonsteps

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