A Tremendous Lot

A Tremendous Lot

A lecturer on Vedanta made a tour of the towns of northern India, dazzling the audiences with his erudition. He had a phenomenal memory, and his replies to questions were a revelation.

The disciple of a traditional teacher went to one of these lectures, and was much impressed. On his return he asked his teacher about the lecturer: Ts he really as good as he seems? How much does he really know about Vedanta ?’

‘Oh, a tremendous lot/ was the answer, ‘in fact, everything. And that’s all.’

The Pure Land

In China and Japan many millions of Buddhists have been – and in Japan still are – devotees of the Pure Land doctrine. According to this a bodhisattva made a great vow which in time fulfilled itself as the manifestation of the Buddha Amitabha (infinite light), who created a Pure Land paradise in the West for those who would take his name with faith. From this Pure Land it was easy to attain final Nirvana.

An old lady of this faith was walking along the road when she met a Zen master, who said to her,

‘On your way to the Pure Land, eh, Granny?’

She nodded.

‘Holy Amitabha’s there, waiting for you, I expect.’

She shook her head.

‘Not there ? The Buddha’s not in his Pure Land ? Where is he then ?’ She tapped twice over her heart, and went on her way.

The Zen master opened his eyes wide in appreciation, and said, ‘You are a real Pure Lander.’