Q. How can we enter the place mentioned in Psalm 91 of the Bible which says, ‘Whoever dwells in the secret place of the most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.’

The secret place of the most High implies the Pure Land and the Almighty Buddha in Buddhism. Both are not separate and different from each other but the same as one. The Buddha is sometimes referred to as the Pure Land or the Buddha Land when it is described as a place we should reach.

The reason why it is called the secret place is not that it is hidden but that we can’t recognise it easily although we are actually in it all the time.



Being enlightened means realising that everything is the Buddha. When you are enlightened, you come to know that everything, including you, is the Buddha and there is nothing that is not the Buddha. We can enter the place by realising that we are the very place itself that we yearn to enter. The purpose of Buddhism is to help people realise that they are the Pure Land itself.


Student: “How can we enter the secret place?”

Master: “You are wrong if you move even a step.”


©Boo Ahm


All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway


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