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Other-Power The issue of other-power (Buddhas power) is often misunderstood and glossed over by many Buddhists. However, it must be pointed out that, in Buddhism, other-power is absolutely necessary if a Bodhisattva is to attain Ultimate Enlightenment. The Lankavatara Sutra (the only sutra recommended by Bodhidharma) and the Avatamsaka Sutra (described by D.T. Suzuki as the epitome of Buddhist thought) are emphatically clear on this point:

    As long as conversion is an experience and not mere understanding, it is evident that self-discipline plays an important role in the Buddhist life . but .. we must not forget the fact that the Lanka Lankavatara Sutra also emphasizes the necessity of the Buddha's power being added to the Bodhisattvas', in their upward course of spiritual development and in the accomplishment of their great task of world salvation. ( Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki , tr., The Lankavatara Sutra, p. xviii.)

    The Avatamsaka Sutra states:

    Having purified wisdom and means in the seventh stage ...
    The great sages attain acceptance of non-origination ...
    On the basis of their previous resolution, the buddhas further exhort them ...:
    "Though you have extinguished the burning of the fire of affliction,
    Having seen the world still afflicted, remember your past vows;
    Having thought of the welfare of the world, work in quest Of the cause of knowledge, for the liberation of the world."
    (T. Cleary, tr., The Flower Ornament Sutra, Vol II, p. 86)

See also; "Easy Path of Practice."

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