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 Rite of Transcendental Deliverance Through Amitabha-Recitation

Author: Dharma Master Huijing

Translator: Householder Jingpu

Publication Date: 2019-02-21

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Brief Introduction

The rite contained in this booklet is special, different from any other that’s comparable in some way. It is unique because the entire text is based on the three Pure Land sutras and the teachings of Master Shandao, de facto founder of Buddhism’s Pure Land School. Both concise and precise, the rite is easy for participants to understand and follow. It takes a direct, straightforward approach to convey a powerful message, guiding bewildered, just-deceased persons as they seek deliverance at this critical moment.

During the ritual, the deceased, wherever and whatever his or her current form, will approach for a close counter with Amitabha Buddha, who will immediately comfort, embrace and protect the person with his light.

With recourse to Amitabha's inconceivable vow power, the deceased naturally will be received and welcomed by a multitude of sacred beings and be reborn in Amitabha’s Land of Bliss.

Though it is a rite, it is not rigidly ritualistic. It can be presented and conducted by a monastic, a householder or even a layperson, and can help all needy people. Sincerity and faith are the key factors of success in performing the rite. A simplified or “fast-track” version is also included in this booklet to facilitate use by those constrained by environmental or other circumstances.

The service most directly benefits deceased persons still in the state of Bardo – within 49 days of death. They can expeditiously be reborn in the Pure Land if they accept Amitabha’s deliverance and recite his name, as the ritual explains. The effects will be enhanced if the rite is conducted by family members of the deceased. The service helps those who passed away longer than 49 days, enabling them to encounter the Buddha’s teachings more easily.

Nor are the rite’s benefits confined to the deceased; they extend to the living as well. All sentient beings can profit from the elimination of their karmic offenses in past and present lives through Amitabha-recitation, increasing their good fortune and extending their lives.

The translation of the ritual text bears a significant meaning to the world’s English-speaking communities. It is because Amitabha’s deliverance is truly transcendental and absolutely equal. It is not confined to any period of time or any particular place in the worlds of the ten directions. Nor is it restricted to any species of living beings, race, nation or religion. Amitabha Buddha, in his infinite compassion, reaches out to all beings, in all places and at all times, forever embracing them with his light.

Namo Amitabha Buddha!

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Guiding Principles

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