The short Pure Land Sutra

IMG_1289For the past 4 weeks, my teacher has taught on the short Pure Land Sutra. The only teaching which Buddha Shakyamuni ‘initiated’ in his 49 years of teaching. A profound and most important teaching, which was not in response to questions as nobody even knew to ask about this one. All teachings given, in any tradition, should be given according to time, place and circumstance, as was the case with this one. And, in a language and with idiomatic expressions that made perfect sense to the people in attendance. For any of us, reading it 2,500 years later, it sounds like a magical dreamland we wish we could buy tickets to. Well, almost every word mean something specific, that refer back to the various things he taught. And this is exactly why we need a teacher in a legitimate lineage of disciplic succession, who can correctly impart the meaning of these teachings. It does not just apply to the teachings of Buddha Shakyamuni. Any legitimate tradition has teachers that can explain the meaning of their teachings. Without this disciplic succession, people get mislead into believing that things mean something they do not. And, as far as idiomatic expressions go, we have many of these in all cultures. Unless you are from that specific area, they would not make sense to you. Expressions like “the whole nine yards”, “he was pulling my leg”, “out of the blue”, “a piece of cake” etc. It is of utmost importance to be very careful when picking a spiritual teacher and place of worship. And, the teachings that lead to Enlightenment are meant for us to see reality as it is, not as some magical, mystical, imaginary thing…

About Dawa

I am a student of Yoga, Ayurveda, and Dharma. My intention with this blog is to write down all that I have learned along the way, in hopes that you will also find something to be helpful on your path, should you happen to find me. Love & Light!
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