Pure Lands in Mahayana Buddhism

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Presto Kensho
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Pure Lands in Mahayana Buddhism

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In Hinduism, all the avatars, as far as I know, appeared on this planet. In Mahayana Buddhism, on the other hand, there's a whole host of celestial buddhas and bodhisattvas from distant planets.

Is there any sort of evidence for Dharma-practicing intelligent beings on distant planets who've attained buddhahood and established their own pure lands? Or is it all meant to be symbolic?
sentinel
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Re: Pure Lands in Mahayana Buddhism

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I wouldnt used word such as planets but instead realms or spheres .
I learned that bodhidattvas with higher attaintment has no hindrances to reach any realms . I have seen many Theravada monks are of bodhisattva practioner mostly in Thailand and Cambodia .
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In Hinduism it is true that generally all of the Avatars mentioned in the Scriptures appear on this Earthly planet, Martyr-loka, but there are also a variety of other Avatars that appear on other planets as well. Many of the same demigods and Avatars that appear on our planet appear on a multitude of other planets too, and many demigods even have their own planets, such as Varuna, Shiva, Brahma, Yamaraj, and many, many others. And the amount of incarnations of Krishna in the Srimad Bhagavatam are said to be as numberless as bubbles in the ocean, so there is truly no counting them. Krishna is the maintainer of the material world, so He, along with His administrative forces of demigods have to take care of each and every planet, abode, and realm so that it will not fall into ruin or be overrun.

As far as evidence of Buddha lands, you should have Faith in the Dharma when it comes to Buddhism, there are many Buddha lands mentioned, for example, in the Lotus Sutra that have been and are, and will be present within this material world. If you understand the tenants of reincarnation, you can understand that Buddhas and Bodhisattvas that are destined to become Buddhas reincarnate on various planets and realms in this Universe as well as others, as well as entering the Spiritual World, to create Buddha lands for the propigation of the Dharma and a peaceful society for all. There are a lot of prophecies in the Lotus Sutra about future Buddha lands, as well as previous ones in distant times.

You must trust the revealed Scriptures, especially in the Faith and Spiritual Practice that you have decided to follow, so that you will have peace and be able to progress in Spiritual life and attain the desired goal.
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Acccording to Meher Baba, there are many planets with intelligent life, but our planet is the only one where one can attain God-realization and become a Perfect Master, which is equivalent to Buddhahood. Those who are spiritually advanced on other planets, when their karma is ripe, are reborn on this planet for their final incarnation.
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