Tag Archives: Amideva

In the Present and the Future

If sentient beings are mindful of Amideva and recite his Holy Name, without fail they will see the Buddha in their present and their future lives.  —Sutra of the Samadhi of Heroic Advance

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Healing Prayers

Reverence to Amideva, Protector of all those without refuge, destroyer of all untimely death, Defender of precious human existence! May your nectar of long life make Dharma teachers live exceedingly long lives, and may their missions be accomplished! When I … Continue reading

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Skilful Means

What is the skilful means of the Bodhisattvas, by which they transfer all merit to others? It consists in five practices: bowing, praising, making vows, contemplating, and dedicating whatever merit and stock of good they have accumulated to all beings.   … Continue reading

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Leaving No Trace

Possessing nice things, doing great deeds, speaking profound truths, thinking elevated thoughts; it’s all meaningless. The desire to be important —rich, famous, beautiful, powerful, wise, dignified— only brings great suffering.   However high or low, we need to drink when thirsty, … Continue reading

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Determination

Determination (pranidhana) is the voluntary undertaking of vows. Although there are various levels of vows in Dharma practice, the perfection of determination (pranidhana paramita) refers specifically to the definitive vows that Great Bodhisattvas (Mahasattvas) make upon receiving the prophecy of … Continue reading

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Without distinction

There shall be no distinction, no regard to male or female, pure or impure, exalted or lowly. None shall fail to be in the Pure Land after having called, with complete trust, on Amideva. —Honen Shonin (1133-1212)

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Grace vs. Works

The question whether salvation (liberation, enlightenment) results from grace or effort arises in many faith traditions. The dispute is perhaps best known to us in its Christian manifestation as the debate of ‘grace vs. works’, but it is also present … Continue reading

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