Many among them have only one more lifetime to go before Buddhahood. Their number is incalculable: they can be spoken of as innumerable.
Here we learn that “Many among them have only one more lifetime to go before Buddhahood.” These are Equal-enlightenment Bodhisattvas, awakened beings just one level below Buddhahood! And there are so many Equal-enlightenment Bodhisattvas in that land that “their number is incalculable.” In our world, we cannot find even one Equal-enlightenment Bodhisattva, but in the Western Pure Land they are everywhere. Avalokitesvara, Mahasthamaprapta, Manjusri, Samantabhadra, and Maitreya are all Equal-enlightenment Bodhisattvas. When we are with such bodhisattvas every day, how could we regress?
Where else could we have Amitabha Buddha and the Buddhas in the ten directions as our teachers? Where else could we have bodhisattvas waiting to succeed Buddhas as our fellow practitioners? Where else can we find such a good learning environment?
If we truly understand all this, we will know that our world fails completely in comparison to the Western Pure Land. With such understanding, we will not attach to anything in this world. Nothing will be able to keep us here. We will let go of all attachments and will want to go to the Land of Ultimate Bliss. The sooner we go, the better off we will be.
But if there is just one thing that we cannot let go of, we will not be able to go there.
We must let go of everything.