Ten Questions and Answers on Jodo
= Queries into the essential nature of the Pure Land =
Question 1 Does the Pure Land really exist?
Yes it does. In our world of experience, everything we feel and perceive with our senses is ephemeral only momentariy existent and deceptive. As the Buddha admonished,
"All conditioned things are impermanent." (sarvasamskaaraa anityaah)
Normally, we are deeply attached to things which have come into being from causes and conditions and create all sorts of unwholesome karma,which, in turn, bring about pain and sufferings, thus creating worlds of Samsara. In the Mahayana, we conceive of bodhisattvas, who realize the reality of the world with profound insight. They undertake unattached prescribed practices and create pure karma. The pure karma thus created manifests itself in various ways. Broadly speaking, on one hand, it appears as one's glorious physical manifestation and, on the other, one's pure karma finds its expression as a realm of utmost bliss and enlightenment, free of karmic bondages.
We believe that we and the world around us really exist and that the Pure Land is a mental fabrication and does not exist anywhere in the world. From the Buddhist viewpoint, the Pure Land really exists and the world of ours is ephemeral and nreal.
Question 2 Where is the Pure Land?
Acording to the Pure Land