JAMES CHA: 3000 Realms in a Single Moment

JAMES CHA

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James Cha: 3000 Realms In A Single Moment

3000 REALMS IN A SINGLE MOMENT

APRIL 5 — MAY 26, 2013

ARTIST RECEPTION: MAY 3, 6-10 PM


THREE THOUSAND REALMS IN A SINGLE MOMENT OF LIFE (Ichinen Sanzen)
A philosophical system established by T’ien-t’ai (538-597) in his Great Concentration and Insight on the basis of the phrase “the true aspect of all phenomena” from the “Expedient Means” chapter of the Lotus Sutra.

The number three thousand comes from the following calculation:
10 (Ten Worlds) X 10 (Ten Worlds) X 10 (Ten Factors) X 3 (Three Realms of Existence)

Life at any moment possesses the potential for all ten within itself, and this “mutual possession” of the Ten Worlds is represented as a hundred possible worlds. Each of these hundred worlds possesse the ten factors, making one thousand factors or potentials, and these operate within each of the three realms of existence, thus making three thousand realms.
(from Unlocking The Mysteries Of Birth And Death by Daisaku Ikeda)

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