In the Amitabha Sutra, Shakyamuni Buddha pointed out: “From this Saha world, ten thousand million realms away, there is a world called Ultimate Bliss. Here, there is Buddha Amitabha who is preaching the Dharma to save sentient beings day and night.
In the first days of winter, the weather turns cold. Due to the influence of each easterly wind, the outside scene also crouched down and tried to keep the warmth, waiting for the jubilant moment when spring comes. However, the hearts of Buddha’s children, especially the dear children of their good father, are not cold, because in them the image of a good father is always present, bringing love full of spring fragrance. Pure, endless spring fragrance comes from 48 great and wonderful vows. That spring fragrance has revived many cold souls, opening a new life, eternal life in the West of Ultimate Bliss. On the occasion of his birthday, Amitabha Buddha, every child of the Buddha should look at himself, find and live with virtue. Amitabha Buddha in each of us.
Amitabha Buddha, the Buddha mentioned by all the Mahayana Buddhist scriptures, as a good father with immeasurable compassion, infinite aspiration always and always keeping an eye on his wandering children. Day and night drifting in the sea of sufferings of birth and death. The sutras can be mentioned such as the Bi-Flower Sutra, the Sutra of Contemplation of the Buddha Tam Mui Hai, the Sutra of the Wonderful Dharma Lotus Flower (Example), the Shurangama Sutra, the Nirvana Sutra, the Flower Adornment Sutra, the Bodhisattva Sutra, and the Sutra on the Bodhisattva’s Birth. Praise the Pure Land of Nie-shou Buddha… Among them, it is necessary to mention three basic texts: the Quantitative Life Sutra, the Infinite Life Sutra and the Amitabha Sutra.
What is the meaning of the title Amitabha Buddha and his country?
Amitabha, translated from Sanskrit as Amita, according to the Amitabha Sutra and the Sutra of Praises to the Pure Land Buddha Nie-shou, the meaning of the title includes all three categories: Limitless Light, Infinite Life, and Immeasurable Merit. This name includes the three non-trafficked studies, that is: morality, concentration and wisdom. The immeasurable light represents ultimate wisdom, the immeasurable life span represents the profound and unlimited meditation, and the immeasurable merit represents the perfect virtue. In addition, the meaning of this title also includes the complete collection of the Six Paramitas. Immeasurable merit refers to giving, keeping the precepts, patience, diligence, and the perfection of perfection. Long life span is not limited to the main perfection of meditation. Unobstructed light is the perfection of wisdom. All speak of the achievement of the virtues of the Buddha’s spiritual practice to the level of perfection.
Through the attainment of Buddhahood, he fulfilled his great vow to establish the Western Pure Land realm to lead sentient beings to be reborn in Ultimate Bliss. In Amitabha Sutra, Shakyamuni Buddha pointed out: “From this Saha world, ten thousand million million realms away, there is a world called Ultimate Bliss. Here, there is Buddha Amitabha who is preaching the Dharma day and night to save sentient beings.” The scenery here is amazingly bright, there is a dignified seven-jewel tree, there is a lake of eight virtues that are fragrant, there are birds that speak the miraculous Dharma, listening to this Dharma will enlighten you to the Way of Bodhi… Thus this is the real realm. yes, beautifully built by the profound vow of Amitabha Buddha and introduced by Shakyamuni Buddha himself. Not only that, the Buddhas in the six directions of the world also praise and emit the appearance of a wide and long tongue, proving that that realm is undefeatable and unfaltering.
Reciting Amitabha Buddha, in addition to gratitude for his merit, remembering the image of him saving suffering and bringing joy to sentient beings, it is necessary to change the nature of mind, cultivate virtue, generate bodhicitta, and bring true value. Buddha’s teachings apply to life, alleviating suffering for themselves and others. That is living with Amitabha within us.
Basically, Buddhists who practice Pure Land must have full and true faith. Believe what? Believing in Shakyamuni Buddha’s words is not false, believing in the Pure Land and Amitabha Buddha is real, believing that one has the ability to become a Buddha. That belief is the golden key to open the treasure of wisdom, the avenue to the city of liberation. Without faith, even reciting thousands of Buddha’s names has no meaning. For example, people who do not have faith in learning, no matter how hard they try, still do not get good results.
Once he has gained true faith, he begins to turn to find Amitabha within himself. Because, wanting to be reborn in the Pure Land, practitioners should practice and live in accordance with what the Buddha taught in the sutras. If we can’t find the peace in our minds now brought by the chanting of the Buddha’s name, we can’t live with the Ultimate Bliss right under each step, even in our actions, words, and thoughts, will we return to the Western Bliss? Can I join right away? For example, if a layperson wants to become a monk, he must first undergo a period of training, practice being a monk, leave home life, and learn to live in the six-peace environment of the monks. In general, you have to get used to that environment, if you don’t get used to it, you will definitely be surprised and difficult to integrate. We are from the position of ordinary people want to advance to the Saint level, achieving Buddhahood should also be like that. That is, to generate Bodhicitta, concentrate on reciting the Buddha’s name.
Bodhicitta, according to Maitreya’s words, consists of two parts: Bodhicitta and Bodhicitta. These two cittas arise from a bodhicitta root, without either of them, bodhicitta will not be achieved. Mr. Shantideva taught:
“The sage understands deeply the difference between wanting and doing Like traveling, far from committing on the road In the tumultuous cycle of birth and death Bodhicitta is enough to bring happiness to the roadBut a storehouse of merit is the bodhicitta in the person who generates the mind. . (excerpt from Entering Bodhisattva Hanh. Vietnamese translation: Nun Tri Hai).
Indeed, “wishing to recite Buddha’s name” and “practicing Buddha’s name” are two completely different things. Just like the person who wants to go and the person who is going, although these two people have the same journey, but the person who “wants to go” but does not proceed, the way to the destination is still far away. Mr. Botowa taught: “Like a sick person who never ends, like a traveler who never reaches his destination” (Liberation in the Palm of the Hand. Consolidation of Mind). That is our own situation. Why? Because we have only said, but have not done, we want to recite the Buddha’s name but have not really recited it, aspired to be reborn in Ultimate Bliss but have not really lived in accordance with the Pure Land scene as taught in the Buddha’s Sutras. Therefore, it is necessary to proceed in parallel and balance between “want” and “do”.
Aware of the suffering and fragility of human life, wanting to transform his inner mind full of toxins of greed, hatred, and delusion, Mr. Tsongkhapa wrote a vow to be reborn in Ultimate Bliss, asking for the blessing of Amitabha Buddha as follows: after:
“…I wrote a prayerPraying for rebirth in Ultimate BlissThe scene was so amazing Praised by the Buddhas……The ocean of samsara, The waves of suffering, Illness and decay, Sentient beings were crushedBy the power of sufferingCompletely unintentionally mutilated Crocodile’s claws of the god of untimely death. The pitiful wails of all of us, those who have no one to protect, Sincerely reverent hearts, Praying for mercy and mercy, Witness to this prayer…”
(Excerpt from the Vow to be Reborn in Ultimate Bliss written by Mr. Tsongkhapa in 1395. Tue Uyen translated from English by Robert thomas. Tam Hoa converted to verse form).
His prayer spoke of the dreary state of suffering of all sentient beings in samsara. The rich, the poor, the precious, the convenient… no one can escape this situation. He took our place, replaced the unfortunate, defenseless people, wrote down deep vows, revealed the temporary truth of this world. So meditators should think like this to realize impermanence, let go of attachment, and transform suffering into Pure Land.
After making a sincere vow, the meditator of the Buddha’s name goes into practice. The practice requires a master guide. For the basis of all attainments lies in the master. In the book, Liberation in the Palms of the Hand, Venerable Pabongkha taught: “If a dharma practitioner doesn’t really rely on a guru, but thinks he’s just relying on the scriptures, he can read, recite, meditate on it. them but have not achieved any realization at all. (Translated by Heart of Hoa). Nowadays, some people think that the method of reciting the Buddha’s name is too easy, just recite “Namo Amitabha Buddha” or read the Amitabha Sutra without relying on any master or good knowledge. Such practice is blind cultivation because of lack of education and lack of understanding. If it is said that just chanting the name and chanting Amitabha sutras can become a Buddha, this world must have turned into a Pure Land a long time ago. But because we underestimate the value of a scout master, who is a bit educated and conceited, thinking that he can practice on his own without anyone teaching him, it’s like a child just learning to walk without needing to learn to walk. relatives or supportive parents. The result will be a head tumour!
There are also people who read the sutras and see that the Buddha said that at the time of death, just recite from one to ten, the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas will appear to receive them. Based on that, disregarding, neglecting to meditate, this is the wrong point of many people. We should know that it is impossible to do a problem with high results if we have no prior knowledge of mathematics. Likewise, people all their lives of greed, hatred, delusion, the word Buddha, or “Namo” still do not know, have never fully recited a Buddha’s name “Namo Amitabha Buddha” but wished to recite 10 times at the same time. common forest. Again, at the time of death, the physical body disintegrates, the consciousness is confused and panicky, the feelings of love, sadness, anger and confusion do not know exactly whether they are alive or dead. At this time, it is difficult to keep peace of mind, to say 10 thoughts to wish for rebirth. Explaining this, the practitioner should calmly contemplate the above example and it will be clear. The Buddha’s teaching is completely true, but only true for those who are dedicated to reciting the Buddha’s name, all their lives with the Buddha’s name, living with their own Buddha. These ten thoughts are the drop of water that overflows the glass of water, that is, while living a meditator who recites the Buddha’s name, more or less, has planted in the Tibetan consciousness (the 8th consciousness according to the Mind Only school) the seed of the Buddha’s name, but dying due to deep karmic obstacles, unable to meditate on their own, need someone to help. Then relatives, teachers, or benefactors…