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buddhakṣetra (T. sangs rgyas zhing སངས་རྒྱས་ཞིང་; C. focha 佛刹), or "buddha field," is the realm or domain of a specific buddha. One of the most famous buddha fields is Sukhavati, the realm of Amitabha.

According to the Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism, a buddha field has two aspects:[1]

Buddha fields are created as a result of the following activity of the bodhisattva/buddha:[1]

From these three activities, the "container" or inanimate part of the buddha field is created. The sentient beings (sattva) in the buddha field consist of the beings who are reborn in that field as a result of the past merit and aspiration prayers.

Two types of buddha fields are identified, based on their level of purity:

  • impure buddha fields: these are synonymous with cakravāda, worlds systems
  • pure buddha fields: also called pure lands (a translation of the Chinese term jingtu); these are created by a buddha upon his enlightenment, and typically do not include the "lower realms" of animals, hungry ghosts and hell beings.