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Five Fundamental Practices

If a good man or woman performs the Five Fundamental Practices and has accomplished them, he or she will eventually attain birth in the Pure Land of Bliss and see Buddha Amideva. What are the Five Fundamental Practices? They are: … Continue reading

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Three Obstacles

There are three obstacles that stand in the way of enlightenment. They can be removed by dedicating our merit to the welfare of others.  The first obstacle is grasping at the false self. This is removed by means of non-dual … 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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Five Fundamental Practices

In 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 … Continue reading

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Instruction on the Contemplation Sutra, 21-24

The pure, glorious light of the Bodhisattvas, In a flash of thought and simultaneously, Illumines each and every Buddha’s assembly And gives benefit to multitudes of beings. (21) They manifest heavenly musical instruments, flowers, cloth, Fine incense, and perfect offerings, … Continue reading

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Instruction on the Contemplation Sutra, 16-20

His physical marks of excellence shine for one fathom; His Form is incomparably superior to that of any other being. The wondrous voice of the Tathagata, like that of Brahma, Is heard throughout the ten directions. (16) Like earth, water, … Continue reading

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Instruction on the Contemplation Sutra, 1-10

Amitayus buddhanusmriti sutropadesha  Arya Vasubandhu (verses 1 through 10) O World-Honored One, with singleness of mind, I take refuge in the Tathagata of Unhindered Light Shining throughout the Ten Directions, And aspire to be born in the Land of Peace … Continue reading

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