True Buddha and Land

ORIGINAL TEXT IN KYOGYOSHINSHO

淨 土 真

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Bodhisattva Dharmakara made the relevant Vows that established the True Pure Land of Peace and Bliss – the Vows of Immeasurable Light and Life….

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Reverently contemplating the True Buddha and Land
I realized that the Buddha is the Tathagata of Inconceivable Light
And that the Land also is the Land of Immeasurable Light
Because they have naturally arisen
Through the fulfilment of Vows of Great Compassion
They are called True Fulfilled Buddha and Land.

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The Larger Sutra on The Buddha of Immeasurable Life taught by Shakyamuni Buddha, is The True Teaching that tells us about a supremely resolute practitioner of the Buddha Dharma named Bodhisattva Dharmakara, who, under the guidance of Buddha Lokesvararaja billions of years ago, had awakened aspiration for the highest perfect Enlightenment. As instructed by the Buddha, Dharmakara strictly performed all the incredibly difficult practices and hard disciplines required for the establishment of a pure Buddha-land adorned with infinite excellent qualities and attributes, perfectly conducive for the Enlightenment of all its excellent residents.

Out of great compassion for all suffering sentient beings, He boldly made 48 inconceivable Vows, pledging to cause all persons – in accordance with their varied karmic propensities, natures and capabilities – to be born in a Buddha-land of Peace and Provision. His ultimate aspiration is to save them – especially those who are unable to save themselves by their own power – from samsara, the vicious cycle of birth, old age, suffering and death.

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The Vow of Immeasurable Light (光 明 無 量 之 願) states: “If, when I attain Buddhahood, my light should be limited, unable to illuminate at least a hundred thousand kotis of nayutas of Buddha-lands, may I not attain perfect Enlightenment.”

In connection with this Vow of Light (Wisdom), Bodhisattva Dharmakara had earlier declared this aspiration before The Buddha:

Even though the Buddha-lands are as innumerable
As the sands of the Ganges
And other regions and worlds
Are also innumerable
My Light shall shine everywhere
Pervading all those Lands
Such being the result of my efforts
My glorious power shall be immeasurable.

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The Vow of Immeasurable Life (壽 命 無 量 之 願) states: “If when I attain Buddhahood, my life-span should be limited, even to the extent of a hundred thousand kotis of nayutas of kalpas, may I not attain perfect Enlightenment.”

In connection with this Vow of Life (Compassion), Bodhisattva Dharmakara had earlier declared this aspiration before The Buddha:

When I become a Buddha,
My Land shall be most exquisite
And its people wonderful and unexcelled
The seat of Enlightenment shall be supreme
My Land, being like Nirvana itself
Shall be beyond comparison
I take pity on living beings
And resolve to save them all.

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Dharmakara’s Vow of Light (Wisdom) and His Vow of Life (Compassion) had been wonderfully fulfilled when the Bodhisattva attained Perfect Enlightenment ten kalpas ago and became Amida Buddha with His Pure Land exquisitely established. This “western Buddha-land of Peace and Bliss is located a hundred thousand kotis of lands away from here” and it is here that Amida Buddha dwells.

Thus, Amida Buddha is a True and Real Buddha and The Land of Immeasurable Light is a True and Real Buddha Land. Both had naturally arisen through the fulfilment of His Vows of great Compassion. The Larger Sutra describes in detail the glorious adornments and splendid attributes of Amida Buddha’s Pure Land – “In that Buddha-land, the earth is composed of seven jewels, namely, gold, silver, beryl, coral, amber, agate and ruby….”

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Listening deeply ( 法) to the True Teaching taught in The Larger Sutra will certainly dispel the hindrance of doubt in our minds. We will not make the serious of error of saying that Amida Buddha is a myth and that The Pure Land is just in the mind.

These appalling wrong views, are often propagated by modern day scholars and teachers of Jodo Shinshu who try to mix the True Teachings with other Buddhist traditions like Zen. They just deny themselves together with their gullible listeners, the only viable escape route out of samsara.

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Let us take heed of the benevolent advice of Master Shinran who repeatedly urged us throughout his expositions, to entrust ourselves single-mindedly and steadfastly to a True and Real Amida Buddha and The Primal Vow (His 18th Vow) which promises to deliver all mundane foolish persons (凡 夫, bombu) to the shore of Enlightenment. Therefore, our birth in Amida Buddha’s True and Real Land of Peace and Bliss at the end of this life, is absolutely assured.

Thus, Saying the Nembutsu (Namo Amida Butsu, 南 無 阿 彌 陀 佛), we take refuge in a True and Real Buddha and His True and Real fulfilled Land, profoundly grateful to Amida Buddha for having saved us.

As we have now accepted Amida Buddha’s unconditional offer of the only viable escape route out of this painful world of delusion, we belong  to the rightly-established group of those whose birth in the world of Enlightenment is guaranteed.

Clearly and distinctly, we now HEAR:

The Call of Boundless Compassion

Namo Amida Butsu   南 无 阿 彌 陀 佛
Namo Amida Butsu   南 无 阿 彌 陀 佛
Namo Amida Butsu   南 无 阿 彌 陀 佛

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