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 New Year Thoughts

        

       Many a new year arrives in a grand manner and fades away one after another ever so quietly. They enrich our memories, and age our countenances. They bid farewell to bitter and harsh winters, and welcome revitalizing springs.

       Year after year, we walk through our life from childhood to middle age and from middle age to old age. We are just passing visitors in this world.

       Whether in misery or pleasure, in misfortune or good luck, the worldly life lasts only decades, but the Dharma-life is eternal. Says the Buddha: “There is no peace in the world of three-domains; it is like a house on fire: insecure, and full of suffering.

       Amitabha-reciters know the truth of life: there is neither happiness nor sorrow, for everything arises and annihilates from the karmic Yuan, the predestined-condition. Nurtured and matured under the teaching of Pure Land Buddhism, we are on the way to the Land of Bliss and solemnly pledge to requite the blessing soon.

       How fortunate we are to have peace of mind, cherish the Dharma, and propagate the compassionate deliverance of Amituofo to guide those whose Yuan has ripened.

 

       Namo Amituofo!

       With palms joined,

       Shi Jingguan

 

(Translated by the Pure Land School Translation Team;
edited by Kevin Orro (Fozhu))

 

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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