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Question about Buddhist Sects?

I am trying to find which buddhist sect would best suit me but I am having some trouble understanding them. What buddhist sect would focus more on meditation and less on the religious part? I am still interested in the religious part of course but id rather focus mainly on clearing my mind. I am interested in the Zen sect. Would that fit me well?
oh and if u dont answer that one u can answer this…what is pure land?

4 COMMENTS

  1. In buddhism, pure land means heaven. But I don’t think of that that much because we don’t know if It’s true. Just learn the philosophies, it’s really wise

  2. Let’s try Zen combine with Sukhavati Sect (pure land).
    I think it’s best for you and most of us to clear our mind like a lotus.
    good luck to you and Namo Amitabha.

  3. If you are a westerner living in the west Some may suggest western zen or American Buddhism which simply lead nowhere regarding the aims of Buddhism
    They are reptilian run and really are bad news for Humans I have advised many times both on this Forum and elsewhere for people to stay clear
    Lord Buddha left 84.000 Dhamma Doors Knowing we are all different with different capacities Different levels of understanding and also for different time periods too Including this one Which is referred to as the Dhamma ending age
    Age of the Final Dharma (Skt. saddharmavipralopa) literally means “ruin of true Dharma”. It has also been translated, accurately considering its nuances, as “the dissolution of the Dharma.” In this age, it is felt that the capability of people (kikon) to practice Shakyamuni’s teachings is greatly diminished.
    Honen frequently emphasized that it is not the efficacy of a certain Buddhist practice that is most important but rather our ability to practice it. From this standpoint, he concluded that embracing Amida’s guidance through the nembutsu was the most accessible and beneficial practice for this defiled Age of the Final Dharma. It is felt that at the end of the third epoch, when the teaching is in grave decline
    He knew in this age corruption would be rife and it is He also knew practitioners would find it extremely difficult hacking it out of here with all the above in full swing and they do
    To counter all the above and more Lord Buddha left specific Dhamma called Pure Land
    Please see the following which due to space restriction is only in part
    Pure Land Buddhism
    The Pure Land school of Mahayana Buddhism is widely practiced in Asia. Though still in its formative years in the West, its roots extend all the way to ancient India.
    We generally think in terms of only one Buddha: Sakyamuni, who lived about 2500 years ago. But, since any sentient being can awaken and innumerable numbers have, there are innumerable Buddhas. Sakyamuni Buddha, after his enlightenment, explained that he saw not only his past lifetimes but also how the future would unfold.
    Sakyamuni saw people in our time having more afflictions, worries, and wandering thoughts. Our deep-seated bad habits, having become even more entrenched over thousands of lifetimes, would make liberating ourselves solely by our own efforts almost impossible. He knew that to end one’s problems and attain lasting happiness many people would need the help of another Buddha: Amitabha, the Buddha of Infinite Light and Infinite Life.
    Almost all of the teachings by Sakyamuni were the result of his being asked a question. In a departure from the norm, and when the time was right, Sakyamuni initiated the teaching that introduced Amitabha and his pure land. This spontaneous teaching by Sakyamuni is one of the reasons the teaching is so special.
    In this teaching, Sakyamuni recounted how the bodhisattva Dharmakara, after witnessing the suffering of sentient beings, spent five eons studying all the Buddha lands. Dharmakara then made forty-eight vows, the fulfillment of which would create the Western Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss. He declared that he would not attain Buddhahood unless his vows for a perfect pure land, where all beings would advance along the Buddhist path and never again fall back into suffering, were accomplished. Once his vows were accomplished, Dharmakara Bodhisattva became Amitabha Buddha. He is now speaking the Dharma in his Pure Land and helping all who are truly sincere in their personal vows to be reborn there.
    With help from Amitabha, we do not have to rely solely on ourselves to attain enlightenment as we would with other methods. In Pure Land Buddhism, we rely on the Buddhas and bodhisattvas to help us. Thus, reliance on self and on another are combined as we request by way of our mindful chanting that Amitabha Buddha, through the strength of his vows, help us to be reborn in the Pure Land as we breathe our last breath in our present bodies.
    The full page can be viewed here
    http://www.amitabha-gallery.org/plbud.htm
    The main site can be vied here
    http://www.amitabha-gallery.org
    The only book of it’s type wrote in a western language which explains the Pure Land practice and is freely down loadable can be obtained here
    http://www.ymba.org/BWF/bwf0.htm
    All Buddhist practices have meditation Buddhism wouldn’t be Buddhism without
    Within the Pure Land practice there is meditation
    here
    http://www.jsri.jp/English/Pureland/SUTRAS/kammu.html

  4. Hi Devan,
    I think there is hardly any other way to find out then first to study Buddhism in general, trying to find out about the basics. Then you can go and shop around in Buddhist centers to see what suits you best, and where you feel at home more.
    The only way to figure this out is to go there; nobody else can tell you which food you will like best; the only way to know is to taste it!
    But beware of controversial groups, checkout e.g. http://www.viewonbuddhism.org/controversy-controversial-teacher-group-center-questionable.html and follow your own critical mind and heart.

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