Thinking of Amitābha Buddha

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Author House, Jan 20, 2012 - Religion - 292 pages
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The Mahayana Buddhist doctrine teaches that all sentient beings have Buddha nature and will eventually attain Buddhahood. For the spiritual training of those who are resolved to become Buddhas to benefit themselves and others, Sakyamuni Buddha recommends a Pure Land—Amitabha Buddha’s Land of Ultimate Bliss. To be reborn in that land, one must have faith, resolve, and training. In that splendid environment and in the excellent company of advanced Bodhisattvas, one will attain Buddhahood with Amitabha Buddha’s training and support.

The Pure Land School, originated in China, is founded on five sutras and one treatise. This book, Rulu’s second, presents these six texts and four other sutras in English, all translated from texts in the Chinese Buddhist Canon. Five of these ten English translations have never before been published in book form. To help readers, the translator’s introduction provides an organized presentation of Pure Land teachings; another chapter tells the life stories of the patriarchs of the Pure Land School. Buddhist terms are explained in the glossary.

This book will benefit readers at all levels and serve as a basis for scholarly research. For those who aspire to be reborn in the Pure Land, it is the only English guidebook available.

 

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Contents

PART I Five Sutras and One Treatise
32
Fascicle 1
40
Fascicle 2
60
2 Buddha Pronounces the Sutra of Amitabha Buddha
84
3 Buddha Pronounces the Sutra of Visualization of Amitayus Buddha
88
4 Great Might Arrived Bodhisattvas ThinkingofBuddhas as the Perfect Passage
106
6 Upadesa on the Sutra of Amitayus Buddha
120
PART II Four Other Sutras
130
Fascicle 2
160
9 Mahavaipulya Sutra of the Inconceivable State of Tathagatas
170
10 Sutra of the Prophecy Bestowed upon Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva
180
PART III The Patriarchs Ancient Translators Prayers Mantras
194
The Patriarchs of the Pure Land School
196
The Chinese Patriarchs
198
Ancient Translators
224
Prayers
230

Four Other Sutras
132
7 Buddha Pronounces the Sutra of the Pratyutpanna Buddha Sammukhavasthita Samadhi
136
Chapter 2 The Training
138
Chapter 3 Four Things to Do
142
Chapter 5 The Four Groups of Disciples
144
Chapter 6 Support and Protection
148
Chapter 8 Utmost Sincerity
150
8 Sutra of MahnaParajńaParamita Pronounced by Mańjusri Bodhisattva
152
Mantras
234
How to Recite a Mantra
236
Introduction to the Eleven Mantras
238
Appendix
242
Glossary
246
Reference
274
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