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The Earth Store Sutra (also known as the Kṣitigarbha Bodhisattva Purvapraṇidhana Sutra is a Mahayana sutra)
In chapter 7 it mentions about 49 days.
“The arrival of the Great Ghost of Impermanence is so unexpected that the deceased ones’ consciousnesses first roam in darkness and obscurity, unaware of offenses and blessings. For forty-nine days the deceased are as if deluded or deaf, or as if in courts where their karmic retributions are being decided. Once judgment is fixed, they are reborn according to their karma. In the time before rebirths are determined, the deceased suffer from thousands upon thousands of anxieties. How much more is that the case for those who are to fall into the bad destinies.
“Throughout forty-nine days, those whose lives have ended and who have not yet been reborn will be hoping every moment that their immediate relatives will earn blessings powerful enough to rescue them. At the end of that time, the deceased will undergo retribution according to their karma. If someone is an offender, he may pass through hundreds of thousands of years without even a day’s liberation. If someone’s offenses deserve Fivefold Relentless Retribution, he will fall into the great hells and undergo incessant suffering throughout hundreds of millions of eons.
From @Bunks post "Creating a Buddhist flyer for distribution"
makes me think of "Sutra Opening Verse"
開經偈 (Kāi jīng jì)
無上甚深微妙法 (Wú shàng shén shēn wéi miào fǎ)
百千萬劫難遭遇. (Bǎi qiān wàn jié nàn zāo yù)
我今見聞得受持, (Wǒ jīn jiàn wén dé shòu chí)
願解如來真實義. (Yuàn jiě rú lái zhēn shí yì)
Sutra Opening Verse
The unsurpassed, profound, and wondrous dharma
Is rarely met with, even in a hundred, thousand, million kalpas.
Now we can see and hear it, accept and maintain it,
May we unfold the meaning of the Tathagata's truth.
Very nice music
A Mi To Fo
From the post "Simple Path" discussion http://newbuddhist.com/discussion/24605/simple-path
make me think of this that I read from another Buddhism forum I'd like to share:
Buddha teaching: The Dharma is like a raft!
I am right now is kind of "- Some climb up the raft, paddle for a distance, see another raft looks better, get onto that raft, and then repeat again, again...". :-(
Which one is you?
A Mi To Fo
Like @Bunks, simple but not easy as it sounds. I guess that is Samsara. However, at least we all did start at some starting points following the Buddha's path, so that is first simple or not step we did in the path :-).
A Mi To Fo