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A Brief Explanation of the True Significance of Amitabha

A Brief Explanation of the True Significance of Amitabha

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In Chinese, “Ah-mi-tuo-fo,” or “Amitabha” in Sanskrit, the true significance in profundity and inconceivableness is measureless and boundless, infinite and unlimited. Today I shall take a cursory glance to disclose and demonstrate one or two aspects of it for the time being. “A (ah)” means infinite; it expresses all phenomena but does not produce it, it is the source of the truth. “Mita (mi-tuo)” means capacity or quantity, which means measureless of both sentient and non-sentient beings. “Bha (fo)” is our inherent enlightenment, supreme perfect enlightenment and enlightenment of inconceivableness; it represents great enlightened beings with thorough understanding of life of the universe and truth in reality, hence named as “Buddha.”

A person with the quality of Amitabha represents one who completely possesses infinite life, wisdom, compassion, brightness, and vow power, etc. immeasurable merits and virtues of which is the self-nature and title of all Buddha and all beings inherently; this also represents unique and superior Amitabha Pure Land and its title of the Western Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss with myriad meritorious grandeur and stately Amitabha. Now, when we chant Amitabha, we chant our self-mita-nature simultaneously, and also chant the fundamental mind-nature of all Buddha and all sentient beings with neither producing nor annihilating, immovable and unchangeable; permanent and everlasting brightness covers everywhere. It is the supreme nirvana merit and enlightenment virtue, the Maha-Prajna (all-pervasive wisdom).

While chanting Amitabha you must concentrate your attention on the syllables of “Amitabha (Ah-mi-tuo-fo),” at the right tempo, your body and mind should be calm and composed. If you can pursue this unrelentingly and become well-versed in this skill, then you can definitely eradicate the unenlightened condition, to attain Chanting Amitabha Samadhi, knowing the time of your death, being the master of yourself to go and be born in Amitabha Pure Land and becoming a Buddha in whole completeness. Shakyamuni Buddha became Buddha by chanting Amitabha (see Buddha-dhyana-samadhisagara Sutra and Amitabha Sutra). All of the Buddha also became Buddha by chanting Amitabha.

The method of chanting Amitabha unifies and commands all Buddha teachings, and contains the vow powers of all Buddha; thus evidently the power of the forty-eight vows of Amitabha are beyond comprehension. Chanting Amitabha to becoming Buddha is inconceivable. All Buddha proclaim and praise the method of chanting Amitabha, and the forty-eight vows of Amitabha are eternal and inexhaustible; it is inconceivable. Thus, Tathagata of Vairocana praises Amitabha as the highest, most revered one of light, the king of all Buddha (see the Sutra of Infinite Life).

The method of chanting Amitabha is so marvelous and absolutely special, easy to practice and convenient to do at any time and place. To have the mind to chant Amitabha, you should make the vow sincerely to go and be born to Amitabha Pure Land and become Buddha, then return back on a merciful ferry to save all beings universally. This is the career of Tathagata; it is the life of normal human beings.

Wishing that all people, who see and hear this will all initiate the mind of bodhi (enlightened mind), it benefits yourself and also others, not only become self-enlightened but also you will help others to become enlightened.

From the above statements to attain through personal experience: “chanting Amitabha can result in becoming Amitabha”, that it is the most beneficial function of the supreme Prajna (wisdom), it is the indestructible Prajnaparamita (the perfection of wisdom).

 

Tai-Yi   Shen-Long

Xiao-Yao     Comprehended in the present

 

 

彌陀實義略解

【阿彌陀佛】(梵語Amitabha)之玄妙真意、實乃無量無邊、無窮無盡,吾今略說,姑開顯一二。「阿」即無之意,表一切法本來無有、本來不生,是一切法之源頭;「彌陀」乃量也,即有情無情一切無量;「佛」是本覺、妙覺、不可思議之覺也,此乃徹解宇宙人生,實際真相之大覺悟者,即名之曰佛。

【阿彌陀佛】者,即表具足無量壽命、智慧、慈悲、光明、願力、等等之無量功德,是諸佛與眾生本具之自性與名號;亦是西方極樂世界萬德莊嚴【阿彌陀佛】之殊勝淨土及其名號也。茲吾人念【阿彌陀佛】即同時念自性彌陀,亦即念一切諸佛與眾生之本命心體,不生不滅、不動不變、常恆永存、光明遍照,是無上功德,摩訶般若!

念佛時應一心專注於佛號上,快慢適中,身心泰然。若能持之以恆,功夫純熟之際,必能豁破無明、證得念佛三昧,預知時至,自在往生極樂世界,圓滿成佛!而釋迦牟尼佛亦念彌陀而成佛(出於觀佛三昧經與阿彌陀經)!諸佛亦如是念佛成佛!

念佛法門統攝一切佛法,含容一切諸佛願力,如是可知彌陀四十八願不可思議!念佛成佛不可思議!諸佛宣說讚歎念佛法門及彌陀大願、窮劫不盡、不可思議!因此之故,毘盧遮那如來即讚歎【阿彌陀佛】乃光中極尊、佛中之王也 (出於無量壽經)!

念佛法門如是奇妙絕特、易行方便。有心念佛者,自當真心發願,往生極樂,決定成佛,倒駕慈航,普渡眾生!此是如來事業,正常人生!

望諸見聞者,悉發菩提心,自利利人,自覺覺他!

從上所證「念阿彌陀佛,成阿彌陀佛」,即無上般若之大利大用,乃金剛般若波羅密多也。

太一神龍

逍遙 識於當下

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