Pureland and Zen - Similarities and Differences

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  • Pureland And Zen
    • Similarities
      • Mahayana Buddhism
      • enlightenment is possible for everyone
      • Don't need to be monastic, or have strict discipline
      • Both accept the dharma
    • Differences
      • PL is a religion of anothers effort (Tariki) whereas Zen is about self effort (Jiriki)
      • Zen follows the trikaya, PL relies on spiritual development through the bodhisattvas
      • Zen, words are used in the form of Koans, PL uses recitatiosn of "Namu Ambida Butsu"
      • PL believes that acts of devotion are important but Zen doesn't

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