Some think Pure Land is mind-only,
only in the here and now,
when the purified mind sees this world as Pure Land.
But wouldn’t this mean there is no need to ‘go’ to Pure Land later?
Some think Pure Land is ‘matter-only’,
only in the West and in the next life,
when the well-practised take rebirth there.
But wouldn’t this mean there is no way to experience it now?
The truth is,
Pure Land is both ‘mind and matter’,
Pure Land is both ‘here and there’,
Pure Land is both ‘now and later’.
To fall to any extremes above,
is to miss the Middle Path,
of seeing how the more purified one is now,
the easier it is to reach the actual Pure Land later.
Are the Lotuses in Pure Land Symbolic?
Mind-Only Pure Land & Western Pure Land