Instruction on the Contemplation Sutra, 11-15

The Holy Name enlightens people far and wide;

It is subtle and wonderful and is heard everywhere in the ten directions.

The Land is firmly upheld by Amideva,

The Enlightened One, the Dharma-King. (11)

The hosts of sages in the likeness of pure flowers surrounding the Tathagata

Are born there, transformed from within the flower of enlightenment.

They enjoy the taste of the Dharma,

Taking concentration and meditation as nourishment. (12)

Forever free from bodily and mental afflictions,

They always enjoy pleasure, without interruption.

In this realm of the goodness of the Mahayana

All beings are equal, and not even the names of the unworthy are found there. (13)

Sensualists, deformed and deficient persons,

And those having the seeds of the Two Vehicles are not born there.

Whatever aspirations sentient beings may have,

They will all be fulfilled. (14)

For this reason I aspire to be born

In the Land of Buddha Amideva.

He is seated on the pedestal of an excellent, pure lotus flower

Adorned with innumerable great treasures. (15)

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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2 Responses to Instruction on the Contemplation Sutra, 11-15

  1. John says:

    “And those having the seeds of the Two Vehicles are not born there.”. Can you explain a bit? Why would those from other traditions be excluded?

    • Tashi Nyima says:

      “The seeds of the Two Vehicles” is a reference to the aspiration for personal liberation only. No one is excluded because of alignment with other traditions. However, if one does not aspire for enlightenment for the benefit of all, one does not have the desire or need to cultivate the Dharma in a state where precisely that is the outcome.

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