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An Introduction to the Amitabha Sutra: Chap. 48: Amitabha Sutra Spoken by Buddha

Amitabha Sutra Spoken by Buddha

In the Amitabha Sutra, Sakyamuni Buddha urged us four times to seek rebirth in the Pure Land. First, “When sentient beings hear these teachings, they must take a vow to be born in this land.” Second, “I have seen this benefit, and so I speak these words. If sentient beings hear what I say, they must make a vow to be born in that land.” Third, “All of you should faithfully accept what I say and what all the Buddhas have said.” And fourth, “All good men and women, if they have faith, must make a vow to be born in that land.” Again and again, the Buddha urged us to seek rebirth in the Pure Land.

Why so often?

Seeing the suffering that all beings in samsara are subject to, the Buddha compassionately strove to do everything possible to teach us how to end our suffering. And encouraged us to do so as quickly as possible. How? Through the Pure Land Dharma door. Through the incredibly wondrous practice of Buddha-name chanting. For when one chants the Buddha-name, one accords with Amitabha Buddha. And as Great Master Ouyi said, “When one accords with Amitabha Buddha in a single thought, one attains rebirth in that thought. And when one accords with Amitabha Buddha in every thought, one attains rebirth in every thought.”

When we finally accomplish this, no obstruction will remain between us and the Land of Ultimate Bliss. Our mind will be in accord with Amitabha Buddha’s mind. Thus, our mind is the mind of Amitabha Buddha.

Our vows are the vows of Amitabha Buddha.

Our practice is the practice of Amitabha Buddha.

Our thoughts are the thoughts of Amitabha Buddha.

Think about this: Will you be able to attain rebirth in the Pure Land?

Yes, definitely.

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