Let's learn to Love
Author: Dharma Master Jingzong
Publication Date: 2018-08PDF
I often hear people say: "I know it's good to recite Namo AmitabhaBuddha single-mindedly. I shall practice it at the final moment, when mynumber is up. In the meantime, let me learn something else first." It'slaudable that they recognize the value of single-minded practice.
However, it's a shame they can never tell when their time will be up.We have been trapped in the cycle of reincarnation for countless kalpas.We must attain liberation in this lifetime. So this life is the final life.
We never know whether we will be able to put on our socks and shoes again tomorrow after taking them off tonight. So today is the last day.
There is no guarantee that we will return home once we have put our foot down on the car's accelerator and hit the road. The next moment is the final moment.Tens of thousands of people are killed instantly when a tsunami or earthquake suddenly strikes. Now is the last moment.
The present moment can be final, and our end may come any time.Where will our spirit go if our breath just stops suddenly? Whom will we beg for another last moment? So let's start whole-heartedly reciting Amitabha's name at once.
The Buddha says, "We only live from breath to breath."
Master Tanluan advises, "Don't look to any final moment."
Master Shandao exhorts, "Recite persistently."
If we wait till the last moment to recite, the chance may not be there. In any event, to recite the name of Amitabha Buddha does not get in the way of anything. Why do we have to set any timeframe?
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