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ICHINEN SANZEN

 

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Buddhism has a conception called Ichinen Sanzen. This is a principle that every life moment [Ichinen] possesses all 3, 000 possible worlds. 'Ichinen' indicates life essence and 'sanzen', the phenomena it manifests. This principle which is contained in the Lotus Sutra was developed by T'ien Tai, the Chinese Buddhist Master, based on the Lotus Sutra. At each moment life experiences one of ten life states called ten worlds. Each of these worlds possesses the potential for all ten within itself making 100 possible worlds. Each of these 100 worlds possesses ten factors. The ten factors are a principle of clarifying life's entity and function and consists of appearance, nature, entity, power, influence, internal cause relation, latent effect, manifest effect, and the consistency from beginning to end. Finally, each being is different from all others as expressed through the three realms of existence which include the individual, society and the environment. The individual consists of five aggregates, namely perception, conception, volition, consciousness and form. What is significant is entity. Entity is neither existence nor non-existence and has direct contact with the true entity.

 

 

THE TEN WORLDS

 

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