Another Great Quote from the Perfection of Wisdom Sutra

While reading the 8,000-line Perfection of Wisdom Sutra (mentioned here and here), I found another quote I wanted to share from Chapter X, highlighting added:

Shakyamuni Buddha: And when I had surveyed their thought with my thought, I rejoiced in those sons and daughters of good family who belong to the vehicle of the Bodhisattvas and who had made this vow [to uphold the Perfection of Wisdom, and teach others].  In consequence they will become so much confirmed in their faith [in the Perfection of Wisdom] that they will seek rebirth in other Buddha-fields, and also there will come face to face with the Tathagatas there, who demonstrate dharma, and from home they will hear in detail just this deep perfection of wisdom.  In those Buddha-fields also they will set countless living beings going on their way to supreme enlightenment, and will help them in their quest for full enlightenment.

(pg. 160, Professor Edward Conze trans.)

What’s interesting about this quote is the emphasis on the relationship between seeking the Perfection of Wisdom in Buddhism, and with rebirth in a “Buddha field” or buddhakṣetra in Sanskrit.  Elsewhere, this is better known as a Pure Land.

Interestingly, the 8,000-line Perfection of Wisdom Sutra only mentions Akshobhya Buddha by name, and his buddha field, rather than more well-known Pure Land of Amitabha Buddha.  However, the point of this quote I believe is the awakening the aspiration to seek rebirth in any buddha field because one can further one’s Buddhist practice and attain the perfection of wisdom there.  In the Pure Land Buddhist tradition, the Pure Land of Amitabha is seen as the most accessible of the buddha fields, and therefore the most suitable in this era of Buddhism far removed from a living, historical Buddha.

Anyhow, cool stuff.

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Author: Doug

A fellow who dwells upon the Pale Blue Dot who spends his days obsessing over things like Buddhism, KPop music, foreign languages, BSD UNIX and science fiction.

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