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Zen Masters == Doubting Thomases

Zen masters remind me of doubting Thomas, except that Thomas probably was willing to listen to the Jews, whereas most masters would call Pure Land "cheating" due to strong risk of attachment to the reward of rebirth in the Pure Land.

However, this risk is eliminated by Buddha Remembrance through burning of karma. Chanting of the name of the Buddha isn't for reward of the practitioner but benedits all sentient beings.

Therefore chanting Nembutsu is not cheating, being non-attachment. For rebirth in the Pure Land is not a reward for being a good Buddhist, but the effect of merit that the Name-that-calls causes.

Thus this is the working of Amida Nyorai through the follower's actions.

Please meditate on tis before dismissing Pure Land Buddhism not useful for Zen practice.

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