Excerpt from Master Lu’s Q&A (263), 4 November 2018

Question:

Over the past few days, Guan Yin Bodhisattva gave me the privilege to observe the wondrous scenes of the Pure Land.

My writing skills are limited; it is impossible for me to describe and depict the Pure Land in requisite detail. I pray for forgiveness from Guan Yin Bodhisattva, all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and the Dharma protectors.

23 October 2018 – About the Guan Yin Citta Pure Land

Soft clouds and mist drifted over a mountain range, golden-coloured phoenixes flying and dancing in the sky, their long tails glistening in gold.

Bodhisattvas passed by in the sky towards a pagoda that sat atop the mountains. Inside, the higher-ranking Bodhisattvas were teaching lower-ranking Bodhisattvas. The golden roof of the pagoda was sparkling, with the railings made of white jade, so was the pavement in its untainted, glossy white colour. Outside the corridor was a small pool of incomparably pure water, and at the bottom was a bed of silky, glittering, golden sand. Within the empty pool, a school of carp appeared out of nowhere, their colours all different and their bodies gleaming. After swimming around the pool several times, they disappeared into the bed of golden sand.

With a wave of the high-ranking Bodhisattva’s hand, an ethereal image of the universe and its galaxies appeared atop a white jade table – it was part of a lesson.

Some Bodhisattvas flew towards a massive practice venue to practise amid the mountain range. Outside the entrance, a plaque was inscribed with the words “Guan Yin Village”. At the centre of the village stood a gigantic statue of Guan Yin Bodhisattva of Guan Yin Citta Dharma Door. The Bodhisattvas knelt and paid their respects to the statue shining in an array of dazzling colour.

Outside the place of practice, more Bodhisattvas recited sutras while sitting, standing or walking. In the Pure Land, Bodhisattvas can assemble and recite sutras together or discuss the Dharma, or choose to meditate and cultivate their concentration alone. This is where the disciples who have attained fruition will go in the future.

The Bodhisattva said she wished that all Buddhists would sincerely and wholeheartedly chant the Buddha’s holy name and practise Buddhism in order to enter the Guan Yin Citta Pure Land when they pass away. Many other wondrous things will be made known to the disciples in the future.

24 October 2018 – About the Guan Yin Citta Pure Land

The Pure Land was surrounded by mountains covered in white clouds. Golden lights flickered within the mountain ranges, drawing eyes to a grand palace, many of which were scattered throughout the Pure Land. In the middle of one palace were a few huge pools giving life to divine lotuses and surrounded on both sides by long corridors. Monks brought to the Pure Land after their death immersed themselves in the fountain, the pristine water emitting a ray of golden light that bathed and enveloped the sages. As the golden light retreated, divine lotuses emerged from the bottom of the fountain, providing a place for the monks to sit.

Inside the pavilions, Bodhisattvas congregated and dined together, conjuring, consuming and enjoying exquisite dishes and fresh fruits with a single thought.

Bodhisattvas’ thoughts and words are pure, and they would never think about consuming meat because it would mean forfeiture of rebirth in the Pure Land. Unlike in the Human Realm, cooking requires no tools as everything readily appears by way of pure thought.

The Guan Yin Villages located throughout the human world have direct access to the Guan Yin Citta Pure Land, with the Guan Yin Village practice centres manifested in the Pure Land.

25 October 2018 – About the Guan Yin Citta Pure Land

It is morning, but day and night are not differentiated in the Pure Land and the sky is always bright. When a day passes, the morning bell rings to signal the beginning of another. Bodhisattvas who are in deep meditation may not even hear the bell as they are immersed in their own mental realm. In the Pure Land, Bodhisattvas never feel tired; rather, they cultivate, learn the Dharma and recite sutras at any time of day. The Bodhisattvas’ lifespan in the Pure Land is infinite, which is not something human beings can comprehend.

Somewhere in the Pure Land was a huge stone pillar crafted in white jade, a shiny golden dragon wrapped around its girth. Walking closer, the dragon slowly descended the pillar as a Heavenly Child climbed onto its back and flew towards a distant mountain peak. At the summit sat a Guan Yin Village practice space and a large pavilion, and this was where the dragon stopped by wrapping itself around a new pillar. Inside, many other Heavenly Children and dragons were listening to a high-ranking Bodhisattva who was explaining the sutras.

Not far away were an artificial mountain and a flowing river. The river was separated into two streams flowing into a glistening pool at varying paces. In the depths were many schools of large carp, all shiny and golden and flickering periodically. Soon, the golden lights disappeared and the carp retreated into the bed of golden sand.

Everything in the Pure Land is created with the power of thought. The mountains, rivers, and golden carp can be transformed as per the thoughts of the Bodhisattvas.

In the pool, a lotus flower-shaped fountain shot into the air jets of pristine water that transformed into a golden mist, which either stayed in the air or danced in circle in an array of vibrant and wondrous colours.

Peacocks roamed on the grassy field, raising their tails to form a shimmering golden fan and singing the sutras that resonated through the air. None of the exotic and magnificent creatures of the Pure Land have a physical body, nor are they formed by sentient beings from the Lower Realms (Evil Paths).  

Petals of Mandarava flowers – pink or white – scattered and drifted in the air throughout the Pure Land. Beneath a great tree, Bodhisattvas entered a meditative state, increasing their level of spirituality according to the Dharma sounds resonating in the background.

26 October 2018 – About the Guan Yin Citta Pure Land

Roaming the Pure Land were peacocks, golden dragons and phoenixes that sang cheerfully and constantly. There were Buddhas, sages and venerables arriving from the Amitabha Buddha’s Western Pure Land. The Buddhas and Bodhisattvas in this Pure Land had been invited to listen to the Dharma somewhere in the Land.

Suddenly, they stopped reciting, and those who were meditating awakened.

The Bodhisattvas who possessed complete supranormal powers stood atop their divine lotuses and flew towards an open square, where a crowd gathered and was seated high in the sky.

Petals scattered across the sky and light fragrance filled the air as sages of the Guan Yin Citta Pure Land respectfully greeted the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas coming from the Western Pure Land. All of them were glowing and Dharma sounds resonated continuously – the entire realm was filled with Dharma bliss.

27October 2018 – About the Guan Yin Citta Pure Land

In the distance, golden light beamed at the entrance of the Guan Yin Citta Pure Land. A lay Buddhist practitioner who had recently passed away in the Human Realm was brought to the Guan Yin Citta Pure Land.

The practitioner was blessed by the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas and escorted to the Merit-Virtue Pool to bath. The Eight-Treasure Merit-Virtue pool, with its vast expanse of water, glistened in golden light. The practitioner stepped into the pool and stood atop the water as it began to churn beneath his feet. As the water began to swirl, it slowly engulfed his ankle, then his legs, and finally his entire body. All of his spiritual body’s defilements, accumulated in the mundane world, were cleansed until it had recovered its original brilliance.

This lay practitioner-turned Bodhisattva had for all his life been a permanent vegetarian, duly reciting sutras and cultivating in calmness. Firm in his desire to be reborn in the Land of the Buddha, his thoughts were always wholesome and he was perpetually diligent in performing meritorious deeds. After passing, he was blessed and protected by the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. With a single thought, he was reborn into the Pure Land.

Once cleansed, this lay practitioner-turned Bodhisattva beamed with an expression of compassion and joy. Every wrinkle on his face disappeared, and his complexion was smooth and vibrant.

Inside the pavilion, an elderly Bodhisattva lightly touched a white jade stone table, and ethereal images of the Saha World and the state of the sentient beings who lived there appeared. Lower-ranking Bodhisattvas listened attentively to the wondrous teachings of the Dharma. Witnessing the sentient beings’ delusion and confusion about what was right and what was wrong caused the Bodhisattvas to feel a deep sense of lament and pity.

Every thought of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas in the Pure Land is completely pure. They harbour no ill will, nor do they speak evil, as every single thought is incomparably pure. Those who desire to be reborn in the Land of the Buddha must cultivate a state of pure mind and speech. There are no unwholesome forms in the Pure Land.

Master Jun Hong Lu’s reply:

Every clean city is the same. Like two clean cities located in two different places, Guan Yin Citta Pure Land and the Amitabha Buddha’s Western Pure Land are alike. How could any unwholesome form appear in the Pure Lands? But in the Human Realm, there are many unwholesome forms, left and right.

Journey to Heaven v1.A2: Depictions of the Guan Yin Citta Pure Land (2)