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Ksitigarbha bodhisattva is a bodhisattva who has deep karmic ties with sentient beings in the saha world. He is a Bodhisattva who was entrusted by the Buddha to be the leader of the Saha realm during the time when the Buddha passed away, Maitreya Bodhisattva had not yet become a Buddha.

In the Ksitigarbha Sutra, the second chapter of the Clone Body, the Buddha Shakyamuni, before entering Nirvana, had a wish: “Remember Jizhong! Today I am in the Dao Loi heaven, in the assembly there are all the Buddhas, gods, dragons, and eight tribes, many hundreds of thousands of millions of billions, unable to speak, bringing gods, humans and other living beings who have not yet come out of the three realms, still in the three worlds. fire house entrusted to him. Don’t let those sentient beings fall into evil ways even for one day and night.” That legend established the Buddha’s position as well as his firm belief in Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva, because the Buddha knew that in this “pre-Buddhist-post-Buddha” period, when the Buddhadharma was increasingly in decline, If sentient beings are strong and difficult to save, only compassion and strong vows like Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva can endure the teaching of saving birth.

The name Ksitigarbha according to the explanations of the sutras has exuded compassion and the steadfast vow of the Bodhisattva. The Preface of the Ksitigarbha Sutra says: “Earth is thick and firm, and the Tripitaka contains enough”. Ksitigarbha Ten Commentaries said: “Patience is immovable like the great earth, quiet and deep is like a treasure, so it is called Jizhong”. The Sutras of the Way of the Earth say: “The Earth Store is a treasure hidden in the ground”. Summarizing the meaning of the name Ksitigarbha, Earth is the earth, an example for the true-mind essence to be a refuge and to grow all dharmas. Tibet is treasure vault, treasure. The meaning of Jizhong is that the true heart contains innumerable treasures of the Buddhadharma, which can be given to all sentient beings so that all sentient beings can obtain immeasurable merit.

Bodhisattvas often voluntarily appear in the Saha world with many different appearances to save sentient beings

Insight through the image of Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha

Bodhisattvas often voluntarily appear in the Saha world with many different appearances to transform sentient beings. However, most of us know him through the image of a bhikkhu with a dignified body, holding a staff in his right hand, holding a pearl in his left hand, wearing a cap of empowerment, standing or sitting on the Deer. The reason why he embodied the appearance of a bhikkhu is because his original vow is to save sentient beings from the realm of birth and death, so his image is a liberated monk. His right hand holds a staff, and on his head there are twelve rings to express the meaning that he always uses the Dharma of the Twelve Causes and Conditions to teach sentient beings. The bodhisattva’s left hand holds a pearl, representing wisdom. Bodhisattvas with great wisdom often illuminate all dark places, so that sentient beings who are currently imprisoned in the dungeon can see the light and be released from prison. The bodhisattva riding on the Deer is a spirit beast, when he falls to the ground for a moment, he knows all things in heaven and earth, symbolizing him as the one who has absorbed the pure mind, established the dharmas to achieve the realm. meditation.

The Ksitigarbha Sutra mentions his predecessor practicing the Bodhisattva path. There was a bodhisattva’s life as the son of a wealthy man. Because he wanted to have a beautiful and dignified body like the Buddhas, he made a vow to save all sentient beings who were suffering. Or in a life when he was a Brahmin girl, whose mother did not believe in the Three Jewels, did not believe in cause and effect, he sincerely asked the Buddha to save his mother. There was a life when he was king of a small country and befriended the king of a large country. When the two kings saw people doing evil, they made a vow to save sentient beings’ suffering. Or there was a life where he was a girl Quang Muc, because he wanted to save his mother from hell, but made offerings to the Arhat and made a great vow to save birth to lead her mother from hell into the Bodhi Way. Through our predecessors while practicing the Bodhisattva path, taking a vow to save sentient beings’ suffering, we see his great vow. That outstanding vow is not apart from two points: the spirit of filial piety and the wish to save all sentient beings.

If Mr. Muc Kien Lien is honored as a great filial piety, when he sees his mother falling into hell, he will ask the Buddha to teach the Dharma Vu Lan Ban, prepare a son and invite the great monks of the ten directions after three months of peaceful residence in the ten directions. So that thanks to the power of the Sangha’s vows, that the mother is liberated, the demonstration of filial piety of Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha is higher, saving his parents by taking a vow to save all sentient beings’ sufferings. Is it possible that, through the bodhisattva’s filial piety by vowing to save all sentient beings, the Buddha wanted to show that the filial spirit of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas is different from the Second Vehicle and wishes that sentient beings in the next life should practice it? this supreme filial piety. Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva who first made a great vow to save birth was also not outside of the spirit of filial piety. Through four times of making great vows, there are two times when the Bodhisattva, because of his filial piety to save his mother, made a vow.

That outstanding vow is not apart from two points: the spirit of filial piety and the wish to save all sentient beings

That outstanding vow is not apart from two points: the spirit of filial piety and the wish to save all sentient beings

Message from King Jizong

The great bodhisattvas, while practicing, make vows, but compared to the vows of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva, they are deeper and deeper. This has been confirmed in the Ksitigarbha Sutra, the eleventh chapter of the God of the Earth Kien Lao. The land god Kien Lao told the Buddha this clearly: “World-Honored One, so far I have paid homage to innumerable great Bodhisattvas, all of whom are inconceivably great wisdom and supernatural powers, pervading all sentient beings. However, Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva here compared to other bodhisattvas has a broader and deeper vow.”

Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva while practicing the bodhisattva path made a great vow. The contents of the four vows made by the Bodhisattva while practicing the Bodhisattva path are all summed up in: “All sentient beings have reached the end of their way to realize Bodhi. In hell, one does not swear to become a Buddha.” Because, with wisdom as vast as space and boundless compassion as pervading as the endless ocean, he always sees all sentient beings as parents in the present and Buddhas in the future. Therefore, while practicing the bodhisattva path, he made a vow to save all sentient beings’ suffering, when in this life there is no longer a suffering sentient being and all attain Buddhahood, then he can rest assured to use the realm. Nirvana.

It can be said that Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva came to this evil Saha world because of a single wish to save all sentient beings who are diving in the ocean of samsara and bring them to the shore of Nirvana. No matter how strong and tough sentient beings are, how hard they are, the bodhisattva still persists and does not change his mind, never straying from the idea of ​​saving sentient beings. His aspiration to save birth is as solid as a mountain, and his deeds of benefiting humanity and nature are as wide and deep as the ocean. We cannot fully praise the merits of the Bodhisattva, it is true as the two verses in the Buddha’s praise said: “Confess the merits and demerits, the thousand kalpas will be exhausted”.

Whenever we recite the Bodhisattva’s name, we Buddhists remember his great image and vow to save birth. Let’s study together and make a vow together: “All sentient beings have reached the end of the world to realize Bodhi. In hell, one does not swear to become a Buddha.” Only by making such a vow will we be able to transform Tathagata into the Pure Land, cause all ordinary people to achieve unsurpassed Bodhi, and to repay His profound grace in all eternity.


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