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念佛圓通

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Chanting Amitabha in whole completeness to become Buddha

 

The Chapter of Chanting Amitabha in Whole Completeness to become Buddha by Da-Shi-Zhi (Mahasthamaparata) Bodhisattva

that is:

 The Supreme Teaching from above the Crown of the Great Buddha’s Head, on the Esoteric and Profound Cause of Tathagata, through Practicing Cultivation to Realize the Truth to become Buddha in All Disciplines of Salvation of Various Bodhisattva- Surangama Sutra

 

It is the full title of the《Surangama Sutra》. This intuitive certainty seals the truth of all Buddha, that is the origin of all living beings, the esoteric and profound of all things, the most unexcelled enlightenment above all enlightenment. To have mindfulness of the Buddha (Amitabha) and chant Amitabha, mindfulness and chanting into the truth, when mindfulness and chanting Amitabha without hindrance, one attains the state of Surangama, this kind of unexcelled nirvana merit and enlightenment virtue, who can truly conceive it! This is the understanding and viewing of Buddha, which is unknown to the other Nine states of existence (hell, hungry ghost, animal, human, Asura, Devas, Pratyekabuddha, Arhat and Bodhisattva). Only between Buddha can understand the key facts within, even some who have attained “the Absolute Universal Enlightenment Bodhisattva (Samyak-Sambodhi)” still have problems to thoroughly comprehend the nirvana merit and enlightenment virtue of chanting Amitabha method; never mind those people of functional teaching schools, Hinayana schools or common folks!

 

However, all living beings who chant Amitabha can become Buddha at this moment, this method of chanting Amitabha is above all other methods, the esoteric practice above all other practice, the core of the center core, ingeniousness above all others; and even the entire control of all gates to enlightenment, it is the unexcelled Dharani. It agrees with every moment to help all living beings; all Buddha praise it and all living beings rejoice. This is the king of all Buddha’s original vows, and an incomparable way of practicing the cultivation above the crown of Vairocana Buddha’s head too!

 

Presently in the age of degeneration and extermination of Buddha teaching, the will of people is confused; the living beings that slander the Buddha teaching are as many as the sands of the Ganges River. Especially for one who has slandered the method of chanting Amitabha, their sin will be punished in Avici Hell. Because of this, more people who are unaware end up in the realm of Hell, down to only a few with sincerity to chant Amitabha. Furthermore, one can practice in accordance with the steps of “faith, comprehension, cultivation and self-realization”, to attain superior quality to go and be born to Amitabha Pure Land, that is just as the feather of a phoenix and the horn of a unicorn; if there exists one, it is truly rare and hard to come across through the countless existence of world-periods!

 

Nevertheless, the ignorant and ordinary unenlightened man and woman can chant Amitabha to foresee the time to go and be born to Amitabha Pure Land before it happens; in past generations, all had this and the numbers were quite large. Up to the present, we heard it from time to time, moreover to see especially the apparent auspicious phenomena; those relatives and close next door neighbors who saw it with their own eyes, the range of influence of this leads us to deeply think about and reflect upon ourselves. Thus, making up their mind to chant Amitabha is far more than only just a few. When comparing between the accomplishments of this method to enlightenment (chanting Amitabha) with other schools’ methods, it far surpasses them.

 

However, the chanting and mindfulness of Amitabha are convenient and easy to do, covering all natural capacity of either superior, medium or inferior, and encompassing all people potentially sharp or slow. The key is to merely have your mind and concentrate attention in chanting and to make the vow to go and be born in the Pure Land of Amitabha. With this kind of faith and vow eternally unmoved, after a certain duration of time then your “delusional thought, discrimination, affliction and attachment” will all naturally disappear. In this life, you realize the self’s true colors immediately, or self-see Amitabha and are pre-marked with Buddha attainment in future by Amitabha, entering the omniscient ocean of perfect wisdom attained by Tathagata upon attaining Buddha-hood and have unlimited Transformation Bodies to help all common people in perfection! In regards to the self, you are having Bodhi (perfect wisdom) in perfection, and will help others eternally detach from the reincarnation of suffering. Benefiting both yourself and others, you and others are one and undivided.  This is simply because the name of Amitabha fulfills all, which is truly inconceivable!

 

And yet, looking back at this method of chanting Amitabha in whole completeness to become Buddha, you should follow the sincere mind and genuine practice of Da-Shi-Zhi (Mahasthamaparata) Bodhisattva:

 

To have mindfulness of the Buddha (Amitabha) and chant Amitabha, when this chanting efficacy is at the utmost degree, Amitabha manifests that which is to come and you surely see Amitabha.  

 

You shall universally encourage all living beings to execute the method of chanting Amitabha and mindfulness of Amitabha, to attain the state of unifying with Amitabha in mind for 24 hours without any distracting thoughts, or whole-heartedly concentrating without scattering. Then going and being born to the Amitabha Pure Land to attain one of the nine classes (divided into upper, middle and lower) in each of the three ranks (superior, medium and inferior), it will be desirable within the days. The three elements of “faith, pledged vows and practicing cultivation” are one pass operation. Since this is the case, then we should not fail to live up to our soul/spirit to pass on this enlightenment way of chanting Amitabha in whole completeness to become Buddha, to bear a heavy responsibility with a long road, to continue the teachings of all Buddha’s original cherished desires. This is all because of I, a sole unenlightened ordinary person with a sincere mind to accomplish; so-called when seeing one true and all is true, when one has enlightenment and one is enlightened in all; how could one dare to fool others!

 

The Buddhist Gatha:

 

Buddha teaching without someone to explain, although one has wisdom and still cannot comprehend it,

 

Buddha teaching without a person to realize the truth, one cannot detach from the suffering sea of birth and death;

 

The Buddha-Dhyana-Samadhisagara-Sutra states: all Buddha chant Amitabha,

 

Chanting Amitabha in whole completeness to become Buddha, all Buddha’s original cherished desires are free-flowing,

 

Eight religious schools and ten divisions of the Profound School, none of them exceed the method of chanting Amitabha,

 

The major objective of the Dharma-Flower Sutra and the Flower Adornment Sutra is guiding and turning towards the teaching of Amitabha Pure Land,

 

The amazing indestructible Buddha-nature in the Surangama Sutra even more confirms the Chapter of Chanting Amitabha in Whole Completeness to Become Buddha by the Great-Strength Bodhisattva (Mahasthamaparata),

 

The Tripitaka is categorized in three baskets (sermon collections, rules collection, and philosophical treaties collection) of 12 volumes, and still chanting Amitabha is the primary number one ingenious method to enlightenment.

 

Tai-Yi Shen-Long

 

            Xiao-Yao

 

                                                                        Praising at the Studio of Esoteric Spirit

 

 

 

念佛圓通

 

《大勢至菩薩念佛圓通章》即《大佛頂如來密因修證了義諸菩薩萬行首楞嚴》也,乃《楞嚴經》之全體矣!此是諸佛心印,眾生本來,一切密祕,覺中之覺也。憶佛念佛,念憶入理,憶念無礙,證《首楞嚴》,其無上功德何可思議乎!此乃佛之知見,非九界可知也。唯佛與佛了知個中之竅,等覺猶難徹了念佛功德,況權小凡夫乎!
而眾生念佛,當下成佛,此法即法中法,密中密,心中心,妙中妙,乃一切法門之總持,是無上陀羅尼,契一切機,渡一切眾,諸佛讚歎,眾生歡喜。是諸佛本願之王,毘盧頂上之妙行也!
玆值末法,人心昏亂,眾生謗法者,如恆河沙。尤謗念佛法門者,罪在阿鼻!此以無知入地獄者眾,以誠心念佛者少,更以信解行證者,當如鳳毛麟角,若有之,真乃無量劫來希有難逢之一人也!
然愚公愚婦念佛預知時至者,歷代皆有,為數甚巨,時至今日,常有所聞,且瑞相昭然,親戚鄉黨,親眼所見,影響所及,令人深省,因此發心念佛者,何止二三!較之其他法門之成就者,實遠遠勝超矣!
而念憶彌陀,方便易行,三根普被,利鈍全收,要領只在一心專念,發願往生,極樂世界,如此信願,恆常不變,久久行之,妄想、分別、煩惱、執著自然消去,當生速證自家面目,親見彌陀,授記成佛,入如來薩婆若海,分身無量,圓渡蒼生!於自圓滿菩提,於他永脫苦輪,自他兩利,自他不二!此皆因一句佛號之所成就者,真真難思難議也!
而今回顧此圓通法門,當隨順大勢至菩薩念佛憶佛,現前當來必定見佛之真心真行,普勸大眾實踐念憶之法,或成片,或一心,三輩九品,指日可取,信願行三,一氣呵成。當不負己靈,傳承念佛圓通之道,任重道遠,紹隆諸佛本懷。此皆由吾人一介真心所成,可謂一真一切真,一悟一切悟,豈欺人哉!

 

偈曰: 佛法無人說,雖智莫能解,佛法無人證,難脫生死海,

      觀佛三昧經,諸佛皆念佛,念佛真圓通,諸佛暢本懷,

      八宗十玄門,不出念佛道,法華華嚴旨,導歸極樂教,

      金剛楞嚴趣,還入勢至圓,三藏十二部,念佛第一妙。

 

太一神龍 逍遙

 

序於神隱齋

 

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