With Each Recitation of Amitabha’s Name, a Beam of Light
I once went to the United States to propagate the Dharma. After a service, an American came up to speak with me. He introduced himself and told me, “I am a student of special powers.” He said he had seen a bright ray of light coming out of the mouths of people who recited, “Namo Amitabha Buddha.” The light from those who were reciting sincerely was so expansive it just about enveloped the entire planet. On the other hand, the light from those who were not sincere was very weak, like successive flickers.
This American learner of special powers said that it was after witnessing such an extraordinary scene that he started to study Buddhism.
(Narrated by Dharma Master Fazang)
Recitation of Amitabha’s name brings forth the Buddha’s light;
Its brightness varies with the reciter’s sincerity.
If we recite sincerely and often,
Our world would connect with the Land of Bliss.
– English translation by Dharma Master Weitong,
Edited by Householder Jingtu
- 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
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.
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