The Visuddhi-magga (the path of purification), written by Buddhaghosa, is an amazing step-by-step breakdown of the Buddhist path. I’ve been looking at it for the last few months and I’m happy to find little things that remind me of my favorite Pure Land Buddhist teachings. Here, now, I’m going to share a passage about the Elder Phussadeva and explore this character in more detail.

Namo Amitabha Buddha!

In the Lankavatara Sutra, we learn about two kinds of ego-delusion. In the Anatta-lakkhana Sutta, we get a nice tidy teaching on notSelf. I’m going to bring together a few things from both of these writings and hopefully tie ’em together in a way that helps you see the bigger picture.

I’ve practiced this style of study/meditation for many years and have found that it helps me retain information, calm my body/mind, and attain insight. For my internet Sangha, I share this description of a practice with the hope that some may find benefit.

Namo Buddha
Namo Dharma
Namo Sangha

Namo Infinite Light Buddha

~Nguyen Giac

Buddhaghosa, in the Visuddhimagga, discusses the Divine Ear Element. In the Śūraṅgama Sūtra we see Avalokiteśvara describe the practice of perfect listening. We also see Manjusri Bodhisattva praise and recommend Avalokiteśvara’s practice of perfect listening. Reading this morning, I noticed how these two connect and I want to share it with all of you.

I recommend printing these out and looking more closely.