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  Dharma Quotes from Pure Land Scriptures (2)

Infinite Life Sutra, as Spoken by the Buddha

First Fascicle

Fulfillment Text of the 18th Vow:

All sentient beings who, having heard his name, rejoice in faith, recite his name even once and sincerely dedicate the merit of virtuous practices to that land, aspiring to be born there, will immediately attain birth and achieve non-retrogression. Excepted are those who commit the five gravest transgressions or slander the correct Dharma.

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Characteristics

  • 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

Amitabha Buddhas

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.

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