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 Recitation in a Crisis: Saved From a Traffic Tragedy

By Householder Jingtu

It was 8 o’clock on the morning of April 12, 1992. Holding a basket, Dharma practitioner Shuk-hui was walking along a crossing on Song Jiang Road in Taipei. When she was half way across, the traffic signal suddenly turned red. At that moment, a taxi turned at high speed from the left. It could not stop in time and seemed certain to hit and kill her. At this critical juncture, she cried out: “Amitabha Buddha!” Immediately she felt an external force supporting her, then pushing her forward. She toppled over.

The car screeched to a halt and the driver got out to see if Shuk-hui was injured. He saw her stand up and straighten her clothes as though nothing had happened. She even pressed her palms together and told the driver, “Don’t worry, I’m fine. Thank you for your concern!” The driver and passers-by who witnessed the incident were both relieved and amazed.

Shuk-hui continued to walk towards the marketplace, reciting Amitabha’s name all the time. The more she recited, the happier she became. She’d had an unforgettable experience of Pure Land practice and Amitabha’s compassionate vow, and benefitted directly. A single recitation of Amitabha’s name saved her life. Truly, it was a great augmentative cause in her practice.

(From What I Learned From Buddhism, by Master Guozhen)


– English translation by Householder Guoshu, 
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

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