When reciting the Buddha’s name to the point of “one mind, no disturbance”, the mind is already in the Pure Land. Because the Amitabha Sutra is a sutra of means and sutras, we must read behind the language and behind the symbolic image to find the real thing.
In a society where moral corruption, cruelty, brutality, insensitivity and fanaticism are everywhere, a love, a good deed, and a noble deed are all like precious jewels. Every discipline makes people better. And indeed, from more than two thousand years ago until now, Buddhism has brought wisdom and compassion wherever it goes, without hurting anyone, even the worm or the ant. So Buddhism in general, Buddhist sects in particular, everyone has their own mission, depending on the basis of the level of sentient beings, depending on history and time, depending on the right to change, depending on the means, so they can be different. There are a few differences, but in the end, there is still the same thing: “Do not do evil, do good deeds and keep a pure mind”.
Thus, in Buddhism, whoever is a true practitioner can follow any method. Those who have intellectual capacity, practice Zen Buddhism and Vipassana meditation. Those who are diligent in their abilities live with the happiness of serving sentient beings. Those who have the foundation of faith practice reciting the Buddha’s grace, the Dharma, and the Sangha, reciting Amitabha Buddha, and reciting Avalokitesvara. Intelligence is “self-reliant, self-aware”. Diligence is “serving to be completely, completely to serve”. Faith, although initially “depending on other forces” until going on the road on their own, then it is also “self-reliant and self-aware”.
Amitabha Sutra After about 600 years after the Buddha’s Nirvana, was inspired by the story of King Ajatasattu (A-Saharan) due to his ambition for kingship, and was also instigated by Devadatta (Dedadatta) so he was imprisoned. King Bimbisāra’s father went to prison. Ajātasattu’s mother, Queen Videhi (Vi-de-hi), secretly brought food to her husband, but was discovered and banned several times by Ajātasattu. Finally King Bimbisāra starved to death in the dungeon. Queen Videhi suffered terribly, she was fed up with the world, fed up and terrified of her son’s cruel heart. Originally a staunch female servant, she turned her attention to Buddha, asked him implicitly that in this world, is there a realm where there are no dangerous and cruel people, but only good people, living a peaceful and happy life? Arousing compassion, the Buddha appeared, using divine power to show the suffering empress dowager the six heavenly realms of the Desire Realm, where the deities, born from the blessings of being born with blessings, were enjoying the joys of the five sensual pleasures, without any scene. cruel and cruel like the world. In particular, the Buddha introduced the Heaven of Dumplings, which is both full of material happiness and full of spiritual happiness, where often enlightened bodhisattvas reside and preach the Dharma to the gods. Then Queen Videhi asked the Buddha what to do to be born in that happy realm? And the Buddha has carefully taught how to practice, how to be full of the five precepts, the ten virtues, to be full of faith, precepts, literature, and wisdom. And at the end of her life, Empress Dowager Videhi tried, diligently practiced as the Buddha taught in order to expect to be born in the heaven of Dau Tat.
It is in the spirit of the Nikāyas. But according to the source text of the Infinite Life Sutra (Amitāyurdhyāna Sūtra), there is a slight difference:
“- The Buddha went on to explain the practices necessary to focus on Amitabha’s Pure Land. These actions are the “Three Pure Karmas,” which include respecting one’s parents and elders, observing precepts, and reciting Mahayana sutras. Through the power of supernatural powers, the Buddha allowed Queen Videhi and her relatives to see Amitabha’s Pure Land, and thanks to that, she attained the forbearance of no-birth.
Without worrying about her life in the next life, she would not benefit from the “instruction” of the Buddha, Queen Videhi asked about the method of practice to be reborn. In response, the Buddha taught her 16 contemplations, beginning with the contemplation of the rising sun in this saha realm, and moving on to the physical dimensions of the Pure Land (Sukhāvati), such as the land, the trees and the trees. mortars, ponds; then talk about Amitabha Buddha and his assistant bodhisattvas such as Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva and Mahasthamaprapta Bodhisattva. The last three contemplations deal with the objects of the nine levels of rebirth and detail each of the qualities that people are capable of attaining. The Buddha’s teachings on the 16 contemplations form the main theme of the main text of the sutta. The Sutra of Contemplation of Infinite Life ends with the affirmation that Queen Videhi will surely be reborn, and encourages readers to spread the teachings of the scriptures widely.
In which sutras is the Buddha said to be reborn in the name of the Buddha?
And according to Open Encyclopedia:
“- The Amitāyurdhyāna Sūtra Sutra) is one of the three most important texts of the Pure Land School. The sutra describes the western world of Amitabha Buddha and teaches how to practice: live a pure life, keep the precepts and recite the name of Amitabha Buddha, one is freed from unwholesome karma and is reborn in Amitabha’s Pure Land. This sutra shows the origin of the Pure Land dharma and was actually presented by the historical Buddha Shakyamuni. Legend has it that Queen Videhi, the mother of King Asathe, was imprisoned by her son along with her husband, King Tanba-sala (sa., pi. bimbisara). She single-mindedly prayed to the Buddha and when the Buddha appeared, she asked to be reborn in a peaceful and happy land. Buddha used divine power to show her all the pure lands, and finally she chose Amitabha’s Ultimate Bliss. The Buddha taught her how to meditate in order to be reborn there. This meditation consists of 16 visualizations, and depending on the karmic force of beings, these can lead to rebirth in one of the nine levels of the Pure Land.
The sixteen visualizations are: contemplation of the setting sun; stalls; riverbed shop; tree shop; orange juice shop; plant world shop; water bar and water bottom; lotus shop; the three sambhogakayas of the three saints Amitabha, Avalokitesvara, Dai The Chi; contemplating the embodiment of Amitabha Buddha; of Avalokitesvara; of Dai The Chi; contemplating Amitabha in the Pure Land; contemplating the three saints in the Pure Land; contemplation of the highest level in the Pure Land; contemplating intermediate and lower faculties in the Pure Land. These contemplations enable the practitioner to see Amitabha and the two bodhisattvas Avalokitesvara and Daishi Chi right in this life and it is a sure sign that one will be reborn in the Pure Land.
Reading the above passages, readers can easily see where is near-primitive and where is development thought (Cphrases such as reciting the Mahayana sutras, non-arising dharma-forbearance, and 16 contemplations of thought. He has never been a teacher in more than 25 Hinayana and Mahayana schools after the 3rd collection of scriptures, during the reign of King Asoka, 216-218 years after Buddha Nirvana).
In fact, almost some of the languages, images, and symbols of the Amitabha Sutra were developed from the original Nikāyas. We can test a few.
1. Realm of Amitabha Pure Land:
“Again, Sariputra! The land of Ultimate Bliss has seven levels of railings, seven levels of netting, and seven levels of trees, all surrounded by four treasures, so that realm is called Ultimate Bliss.
Again, Sariputra! The land of Ultimate Bliss has a pond made of seven treasures, the water has eight kinds of merit and virtue in it, the bottom of the pond is spread with golden sand as soil, on the four sides of the roadway, made of gold, silver, lapis lazuli, and crystal. Upstairs there is an upstairs, also using gold, silver, lapis lazuli, crystal, mother of pearl, red pearl, and strong onyx. The lotus flower in the pond is as big as a wheel, the blue flower has a green light, the yellow one has a yellow light, the red one has a red light, the white one has a white light, beautiful, fragrant and clean. Shariputra ! The Land of Ultimate Bliss accomplishes such dignified merit.
Again, Sariputra! That Buddha-land often plays heavenly music, the earth is made of pure gold, day and night for six times, and rain down on the flowers of the Mandala heaven. The sentient beings of that land, usually early in the morning, take their robes filled with beautiful flowers, take them out to make offerings to the Buddhas of the ten directions, and when it’s time to eat, they return to their own country, eat their meals, and do their walking meditations. Shariputra ! The Land of Ultimate Bliss accomplishes such dignified merit.
Again, Sariputra! That realm often has all kinds of strange and beautiful birds of all colors such as: white seeded birds, peacocks, anh vu, relics, old calangans, plus destiny. These birds, day and night for six times, make a gentle sound. That voice expounds the Dharma: the five faculties, the five powers, the seven parts of bodhicitta, the eight noble paths, all such dharmas, the sentient beings in that land, having heard that voice, all recite the Buddha’s name, the Dharma, and the Sangha.
Shariputra ! Don’t think that these birds are born of sin. Why ? Because that Buddha land does not have the three evil paths. Shariputra ! The name of that Buddha realm does not exist yet, let alone real. Those birds were made by Amitabha Buddha, who wanted to make the Dharma sound propagate and transform. Shariputra ! In that Buddha-land, the gentle wind blows the rows of precious trees and the jeweled nets, making wonderful sounds, such as hundreds of thousands of kinds of music, at the same time harming, when people hear that sound, they will naturally come to mind. Buddha, Dharma, Sangha. Shariputra ! That Buddha-land accomplishes such dignified merit.”
And here is the realm of the King of the Wheel of God (King Thien Kien):
“- Ananda, there are seven layers of moats around the outside of the royal city of Gouthi. The moat was built of bricks with the four treasures of gold, silver, lapis lazuli and glass. The bottom of the trench is also covered with sand with four kinds of treasures: gold, silver, lapis lazuli and glass.
“Ananda, the king of Gouthi is surrounded by seven layers of walls. Those walls were also built with bricks of the four treasures of gold, silver, lapis lazuli and glass.
“Ananda, the king of Gouthi is surrounded by seven layers of dala trees, made of the four treasures of gold, silver, lapis lazuli, and glass. The Dala tree is made of gold, and its flowers, leaves, and fruit are silver. The silver dala tree has gold flowers, leaves, and fruit. The dala tree is made of lapis lazuli, the flowers, leaves and fruit are made of glass. The Dala tree is made of glass, the flowers, leaves, and fruit are made of lapis lazuli.
“Ananda, among the dala trees there are many lotus ponds dug; blue lotus lake, pink lotus lake, red lotus lake and white lotus lake.
“Ananda, the shore of that flower lake is covered with four treasures of gold,…