Thursday, October 30, 2008
“On the assertion that a person born in the borderland will in the end fall into hell.
In what authoritative passage do we find such a statement? It is deplorable that this is being maintained by people who pretend to be scholars. How are they reading the sutras, treaties, and other sacred writings? I was taught that practitioners who lack shinjin are born in the borderland because of their doubt concerning the Primal Vow, and that, after the evil of doubt has been expiated, they realize Enlightenment in the fulfilled land.
Since practitioners of shinjin are few, many are guided to the transformed land. To declare, despite this that birth there will ultimately end in vain would be to accuse Shakyamuni of lying.”
Everything related with the Pure Land is the creation of Amida Buddha. It comes from his enlightened activity and is the manifestation of it. All the manifestations of Amida Buddha, especially his true Pure Land and the borderland of his Pure Land, are real and effective in helping sentient beings to achieve supreme Buddhahood.