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 Gatha of Praise for Amitabha Buddh

Introduction:

A gatha to praise all the merits and virtues of Amitabha Buddha, and accept his embrace and protection.
(By Master Shandao, founder of Buddhism's Pure Land School)

Gatha of Praise for Amitabha Buddha
Amitabha's body is like golden mountains.
The splendor of his marks illuminates the Ten Directions.
Only those who recite his name are embraced by his light.
His Fundamental Vow is the most powerful.
Tathagatas of the Six Directions extend their tongues to attest:
By reciting Amitabha's name exclusively,
sentient beings will arrive at the Western Land of Bliss.
Once born there in a blooming lotus,
one can listen to wondrous Dharma teachings.
The aspiration and practices of the ten Bodhisattva stages manifest naturally.

Gatha of Praise for Amitabha Buddh


Characteristics

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
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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