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Hundred worlds and thousand factors

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hundred worlds and thousand factors
百界千如 (Jpn hyakkai-sennyo )

    Component principles of "three thousand realms in a single moment of life," a philosophical system established by T'ient'ai (538-597) on the basis of the Lotus Sutra. "Hundred worlds" means the mutual possession of the Ten Worlds—the principle that each of the Ten Worlds from the world of hell through that of Buddhahood possesses the potential for all ten within itself, thus making one hundred possible worlds. Each of the hundred worlds in turn encompasses the ten factors of appearance, nature, entity, power, influence, internal cause, relation, latent effect, manifest effect, and their consistency from beginning to end, thus constituting a "thousand factors." In contrast with "three thousand realms in a single moment of life," which includes all things in the universe, both sentient and insentient, the "hundred worlds and thousand factors" refers to sentient beings alone because it does not include the realm of the environment, or that of insentient beings.

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