I Have Been Reciting Amitabha Since I Was Young
I have been reciting Amitabha Buddha since I was young,
But I had no idea what kind of Buddha Amitabha is.
Not until I extensively researched Master Shandao’s writings,
Did I finally understand that Amitabha Buddha is our ultimate salvation.
Amitabha is a deliverance Buddha,
His compassionate deliverance is partial to sentient beings suffering deeply in samsara;
Even if one encounters Amitabha Buddha only near death,
he will be reborn in the Land of Ultimate Bliss,
for Amitabha’s deliverance is equal and unconditional.
Amitabha is our savior, whose deliverance is unconditional.
Whoever recites his name
will be embraced in his light, never forsaken.
Amitabha Buddha’s compassionate aspiration is most profound,
He vows to liberate all the sentient beings of the ten directions.
As long as we recite Amitabha Buddha, we will be reborn in the Land of Nirvana.
I have been through the cycle of birth and death for countless kalpas, treading water with nothing to grasp on to;
Now that I have been born a human and have heard the wonderful Dharma,
I vow to recite Amitabha Buddha’s name and aspire to be reborn in his Pure Land.
(Translated and edited by the Pure Land School Translation Team)
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