Five Fundamental Practices

ami-upper-halfIn his Treatise on the Pure Land, Arya Vasubandhu set forth five fundamental practices for birth in the Pure Land:

1.    Honoring Amideva through bowing and making offerings;

2.    Proclaiming and praising Amideva’s Vows, and extolling His virtues;

3.    Generating the definitive aspiration to be born in the Pure Land;

4.    Remembering and contemplating Amideva’s Holy Name and the qualities of His Pure Land; and

5.    Transferring our merit to others, that they may be born in the Pure Land, and returning to this world after perfect enlightenment to succor all sentient beings. 

Of these five, remembering and contemplating Amideva’s Holy Name is the essential practice, and the others are auxiliary.

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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