Favorite Pure Land Quotes

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Re: Favorite Pure Land Quotes

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:22 pm

The Dharma-door of Reciting the Buddha’s name works very directly. You need only to concentrate your mind, and naturally you will attain the Buddha Recitation Samadhi. There is no need to further investigate its meaning, or pile a head on top of a head, looking for business when there’s nothing to do.
Reciting to the point of single-mindedness, when the water flows and the wind blows, all are proclaiming the wonderful Dharma of the Mahayana. Of the mountains, rivers and great earth, none are not our self-nature of True Suchness. The Buddha and I have become one; the Buddha and I were originally not two.
When the point is reached of not reciting and yet reciting, reciting and yet not reciting, then inside there is no body or mind and outside there is no world. Empty space is smashed to pieces, the tracks of false thoughts have vanished. In lucid stillness, the pure original source appears. Then one attains great ease and comfort, great liberation, and great calm. One can certify to limitless life and fulfill one’s vows of Bodhi.
Master Hsuan Hua on keeping it direct, simple and powerful.
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Re: Favorite Pure Land Quotes

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Mon Aug 12, 2019 2:32 pm

Master Hua's advice on Amitabha recitation:

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Re: Favorite Pure Land Quotes

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Sun Aug 18, 2019 6:46 pm

The name of Amitabha is his very presence, wisdom, compassion, and power. The moment we become conscious of his name, he is in us and with us. So if we concentrate on and unite with his name one-pointedly and with devotion, we begin to enjoy an ocean of enlightening qualities. Devotion and trust in the buddha will flower naturally. Soon we find that there is no room for negative mentalities and afflicting emotions like anger, lust, ignorance, and jealousy. As we become vessels filled with the buddha’s blessing powers, we serve others spontaneously. Whatever we see, hear, and feel arises as his presence. Rebirth in the Blissful Pure Land is a natural next step. And the attainment of buddhahood, our final destination, is within reach.

If the blessed name becomes our thoughts and breathing with devotion and celebration, then even while we are perceiving ordinary images, sounds, or feelings—whether we are living, dying, or in the bardo— we will always be connected with the buddha, through his name.
Peaceful Death, Joyful Rebirth, Tulku Thondup
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Re: Favorite Pure Land Quotes

Post by Nicholas Weeks » Mon Aug 19, 2019 4:29 pm

Why are the Buddhas mindful of living beings?
It is because they see that all living beings are of
the same substance. The Buddhas regard all living beings as their
past fathers and mothers and as future Buddhas. So the Buddha
said, “All living beings on the great earth have the Buddha nature.
All can become Buddhas.” There’s not a single living being who
cannot become a Buddha. It is this very point that makes doctrines
of Buddhism the most lofty and all-encompassing.

That is why the Buddhas advocate not killing, not stealing, not committing sexual
misconduct, not lying, and not taking intoxicants. Maintaining
these five precepts is a way of showing one’s regard for all living
creatures. Because the Buddha sees that all living beings are one in
substance with himself, he wants to teach and transform them – to
take all living beings across to the accomplishment of Buddhahood
Master Hua
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