Amideva Sutra, 3rd section

amidabv“Shariputra, why do you suppose this Buddha Amideva is (also) called Amitabha? Shariputra, this Buddha emits immeasurable light, shedding light upon all the worlds of the ten directions without obstruction. For that reason this Buddha is called Amitabha, the Buddha of Immeasurable Light. Also, Shariputra, the lifespan of this Buddha and those in the Land of Ultimate Bliss is immeasurably long for incalculable eons. For that reason this Buddha is (also) called Amitayus, the Buddha of Immeasurable Life.  

“Shariputra, from the day Amideva achieved enlightenment until the present day, an eternity of ten eons has already passed. In addition, Shariputra, this Buddha has an immeasurable number of disciples, practitioners who have eliminated their passions, whose numbers are incalculable. So are the numbers of the Bodhisattvas also incalculable. Shariputra, in this way the Land of Ultimate Bliss is an ideal environment for sentient beings to achieve enlightenment. 

“Moreover, Shariputra, all sentient beings born in the Land of Ultimate Bliss will never veer from the path on their way to enlightenment. The vast majority have the virtue of becoming a Buddha in their very next life. Their numbers are so vast as to be unknowable by calculation, and can only be explained in terms of counting for immeasurable incalculable eons.”

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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