All Buddhas’ Dharma Body, Reward Bodies [And] Manifestation Bodies Emerge From [The Pure] Land [Of] Ultimate Bliss
[In the] ten directions’ all lands, [with] sentient beings [and] Bodhisattvas within, [of] all [their] Dharma [Body Buddha], Reward [Body] Buddhas, Manifestation Body [Buddhas] and Transformation [Body Buddhas],
all from Immeasurable Life [Buddha’s Pure] Land [Of] Ultimate Bliss within emerge, [which] from [the] right [and] vast sūtras within, should [be] known [as their] hidden meaning said.
([The] Great Vehicle’s Laṅkāvatāra Sūtra’s Sixth Scroll)
Reward forms’ Buddhas’ true bodies, reach [with] their Manifestation [Body] Buddhas’ forms, sentient beings and Bodhisattvas, both [in the] ten directions’ lands.
[According with their] predispositions,* [the] Dharma [Body Buddha], Manifestation [Body] Buddhas, and [their] creating of Transformation [Body] Buddhas, these all from, Amitā[bha Buddha’s] Land emerge.
(Laṅkāvatāra Sūtra’s Ninth Scroll)
* habitual tendencies
Since all Buddhas emerge from Amitābha Buddha’s Western Pure Land, all should be reborn there to swiftly become Buddhas.
Note : Dharma Body Buddha (法身佛) is the aspect of all Buddhas existing as one universal formless Buddha pervading space and time. Reward Body Buddhas (报身佛) are the aspects of Buddhas’ fully magnificent forms with their immeasurable meritorious virtues. Manifestation Body Buddhas (化身佛) are the aspects of Buddhas’ skilful manifestations to guide beings to (Pure Land and) Buddhahood. [Transformation or Response Body Buddhas (应身佛) are sometimes taught as ‘secondary’ manifestations that come and go more swiftly.]
Note : What this implies is that all beings, even if they had reached other Pure Lands first, will eventually converge at Amitābha Buddha’s Pure Land, as the universal spiritual centre (i) for final training towards Buddhahood, through the many enlightened teachers congregated there, and even as Buddhas, (ii) to merge as the one Dharma Body Buddha (Dharmakāya Buddha: 法身佛), from which they diverge to manifest all their other countless bodies, as skiful means to guide other beings to Buddhahood, including by reaching Amitābha Buddha’s Pure Land.
Note : The above is possible as all Pure Lands are interconnected, with Amitābha Buddha’s Pure Land being the most easily accessed, thus central and representative, similar to being the key spiritual headquarters. Any being who has already reached another Pure Land, which would be relatively more difficult, can thus surely reach Amitābha Buddha’s Pure Land too. Having reached his Pure Land also allows access to all other (Defiled and) Pure Lands.
Note : Amitābha Buddha’s name in its most fundamental form is ‘Amitā Buddha’ (无量佛), which means ‘Immeasurable Buddha(s)’ or the ‘Buddha Of Immeasurability’. In this sense, he represents all Buddhas collectively as the Dharma Realm’s Treasury Body (法界藏身), or the Dharmakāya Buddha.
Note : These verses are considered to be with the hidden meaning (if missed). Yet, they are an open ‘secret’ in the sūtras taught for spiritual completion and perfection as Buddhas, because within their teachings, the Buddha already repeatedly taught, sometimes with more emphasis and sometimes with less, on how seeking birth in Amitābha Buddha’s Pure Land is of universal importance, thus highly encouraged by all other Buddhas of the ten directions too. Since this is so, all might as well practise to reach it directly, by the end of this life, to most swiftly expedite progress of oneself and all others towards Buddhahood.
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