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Master Hsing Yun's Preachment and Untiring Practice of Pure Land Buddhism



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In recent years, Master Hsing Yun has spared no effort to propagate "a humanistic Buddhism", and at the same time expresses his ultimate goal to construct "a piece of pure land on the earth", vowing to set his feet on the Path of Mahayana Bodhisattva life after life, attempting to awaken the sentient beings of the human world to learn and follow Buddhist doctrines for the purpose of enlightenment. On the other hand, Master Hsing Yun has repeatedly praised Amitabha Buddha's western pure land of ultimate bliss in his speeches delivered in many occasions across the world as well as his talks given in various 7-Day Amitabha Retreat Assemblies. Master Hsing Yun's "humanistic pure land" is rather different from the "rebirth in the western pure land of ultimate bliss" perceived by many Pure Land Sect disciples. Nevertheless, Master Hsing Yun is not against the "rebirth in the western pure land", and is not against the Dharma of Buddha-recitation, either. Actually, Master Hsing Yun admitted that he had benefited from his faithful practice of Buddha-recitation in the past years. Based on the discussions stated above, the author studied Master Hsing Yun's preachment of Amitabha Buddha's western pure land as well as his interpretation of Buddha-recitation in the early days. Master Hsing Yun has vigorously propagated the merits and virtues associated with the Dharma of Buddha-recitation. He has interpreted the Pure Land Sect disciples' belief using the traditional morals and virtues, and then described the extraordinariness and praiseworthiness of Buddha-recitation using plain language. To integrate Buddhism into daily lives, Master Hsing Yun has introduced the Dharma of Buddha-recitation to the busy people today, saying this Dharma is suitable for all walks of life, not subject to any restriction imposed by time and space. He encouraged the masses to purify the karmas created by their actions, speeches and thoughts, thus eliminating all sufferings and miseries in this life and in this world, and at the same time demonstrating the positive significance implied by the Dharma of Buddha-recitation. As to the mental state suitable for the Dharma of Buddha-recitation, Master Hsing Yun pointed out that he had learned "joyfulness", "grievousness", "emptiness" and "realness" from his practice, encouraging the masses to focus on the Dharma of Buddha-recitation and to get rid of the "unwanted thoughts" using "mindfulness", and at the same time rely on "Buddha-recitation" to attain "freedom without any distracting thought" and thereby obtain a response from Amitabha Buddha.


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