Amitabha's Name

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Amitabha's Name

Post by Nicholas » Mon Aug 12, 2019 1:08 pm

Master Hua gives the keynote to a Recitation session:
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.
Wholesome virtuous behavior progressively leads to the foremost. -- Buddha

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Re: Amitabha's Name

Post by Nicholas » Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:32 pm

From the Tibetan tradition, two ways of cultivating rebirth in the Realm of Bliss:

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Re: Amitabha's Name

Post by Nicholas » Sat Aug 17, 2019 1:28 am

A website devoted to Chinese Pure Land practice - lots of material, translations etc.

https://purelanders.com
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Re: Amitabha's Name

Post by Nicholas » Sun Aug 18, 2019 5:44 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.
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Re: Amitabha's Name

Post by Nicholas » Mon Aug 19, 2019 6:35 pm

There are several methods in the Dharma door of reciting the
Buddha’s name:

1) Mindfulness of the Buddha by holding his name. You can
recite the name of whichever Buddha you like. For instance, if you
like Amitabha Buddha, you can recite Namo Amitabha Buddha. Or
perhaps you like to recite Namo Our Original Teacher, Shakyamuni
Buddha. Maybe you want to recite Namo Medicine Master Buddha
Who Dispels Calamities and Lengthens Life. It’s the same with any
Buddha throughout the Ten Directions – you can recite any name you wish.

The object of being mindful of the Buddha is to consolidate
your thoughts into the one thought of mindfulness of
the Buddha – to dispense with all other false thoughts. If you don’t
have extraneous thoughts, you will not give rise to evil thoughts,
and when you don’t give rise to evil, you are on the road to good.

2) Mindfulness of the Buddha by contemplating. You consider
how Amitabha Buddha has a white ray of light that shines between
his brows. A line of a verse in his praise says, “His white ray of
light curls as high as five Mount Sumerus.” The verse goes on, “His
violet eyes are as large as the four seas.” Can you imagine that!? If
you are small minded, then your idea of the Buddha will be fairly
small when you consider him. If you have a vast state of mind, then
your conception of him can be monumental.

3) Mindfulness of the Buddha by contemplating an image. In
this method you look upon an image of Amitabha Buddha while
you recite. And as you are mindful of the Buddha, you reflect on his
adorned appearance and characteristics.

In general, no matter what practice you do, you must have
some virtuous conduct – some virtue in the Way.

4) Mindfulness of the Buddha in his Actual Appearance. This
means investigating dhyana. We sit and pursue the topic, “Who is
mindful of the Buddha?”
Master Hua
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