Dharma Quotes from Pure Land Scriptures (4)
Infinite Life Sutra, as Spoken by the BuddhaFirst Fascicle
Passage of Exhortation and Circulation?Benefit of Amitabha-recitation
Those who hear the name of that Buddha [Amitabha] and rejoice and recite his name even once shall receive the utmost benefit, which is unsurpassed merit and virtue.
- Recitation of Amitabha’s name, relying on his Fundamental Vow (the 18th)
- Rebirth of ordinary beings in the Pure Land’s Realm of Rewards
- Rebirth assured in the present lifetime
- Non-retrogression achieved in this lifetime
The 18th Vow of Amitabha Buddha
If, when I achieve Buddhahood, sentient beings of the ten directions who sincerely and joyfully entrust themselves to me, wish to be reborn in my land and recite my name, even ten times, should fail to be born there, may I not attain perfect enlightenment. Excepted are those who commit the five gravest transgressions or slander the correct Dharma.
Faith in, and acceptance of, Amitabha’s deliverance
Single-minded recitation of Amitabha’s name
Aspiration to rebirth in Amitabha’s Pure Land
Comprehensive deliverance of all sentient beings