In this month’s session we will continue our study of the Chinese Pure Land Master Tanluan, whose insight that birth-and-death is itself nirvana opens the gate to realizing peace of mind for oneself, so that one can help others on their path to liberation from suffering.
When a foolish being of delusion and defilement awakens shinjin, He realizes that birth-and-death is itself nirvana; Without fail he reaches the land of immeasurable light And universally guides sentient beings to enlightenment.
In this month’s session we will continue our study of the Chinese Pure Land Master Tanluan, whose commentary on the treatise of Bodhisattva Vasubandhu clarifies that our attainment of awakening and our guiding of others to awakening are both possible not through our own efforts, but by relying on Amida Buddha’s compassionate vow.
In his commentary on the treatise of Bodhisattva Vasubandhu, He shows that the cause and attainment of birth in the fulfilled land lie in the Vow. Our going and returning, directed to us by Amida, come about through Other Power; The truly decisive cause is shinjin.
In this month’s session we will learn about the Chinese Pure Land Master Tanluan, who abandoned his quest for immortality after meeting the Buddhist monk Bodhiruci who introduced him to the teaching of Amida Buddha’s Pure Land.
Turning toward the dwelling of Master T’an-luan, the Emperor of Liang Always paid homage to him as a bodhisattva. Bodhiruci, master of the Tripitaka, gave T’an-luan the Pure Land teachings, And T’an-luan, burning his Taoist scriptures, took refuge in the land of bliss.