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 +====== Amitabha Sutra ======
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 +[[Amitabha Sutra]]
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 +The [[Complete]] title is The [[Buddha Speaks of Amitabha Sutra]]. [[Two]] [[Sutra]]s, the
 +[[Large Amitabha Sutra]] and the [[Small Amitabha Sutra]], have this title, both taking as [[subject]] ​
 +[[Amitabha Buddha]], his [[pure]] [[Buddha Land]] to the [[west]] ([[Western Pure Land]]), and the 
 +[[means]] to [[rebirth]] therein.
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 +[[Sukhavati]],​ or, as [[translate]]d from the [[Chinese]],​ [[Ultimate Bliss]], is the [[name]]
 +of this [[Land]]. A [[third]] [[Sutra]] also describes [[Sukhavati]]:​ the 
 +[[Meditation on Amitabha Sutra]] ([[Amiturdhyana Sutra]]). Together, these 
 +[[three]] [[Pure Land Sutras]] comprise the basic [[text]]s of the [[Pure Land School]].
 +
 +The [[Large Amitabha Sutra]] explains the [[causal]] [[affinities]] [[result]]ing in the
 +[[Pure Land]] of [[Ultimate Bliss]]. It relates [[Amitabha Buddha'​s Vows]] made in a
 +[[former life]] and their [[realization]] in the [[Land of Ultimate Bliss]].
 +
 +The [[Meditation on Amitabha Sutra]] is concerned with quite another [[matter]].
 +It is a [[guide]] to [[cultivation]] and describes a series of [[sixteen]] [[meditation]]s
 +which lead to various grades of [[rebirth by transformation]] in the [[Land of Ultimate Bliss]].
 +
 +Both [[Sutra]]s contain [[Dharmas]] [[preach]]ed in specific response to the [[request]]s of
 +[[sentient being]]s]]: the [[Large Amitabha Sutra]] at the [[request]] of [[Ananda]], "who
 +had still to be [[advanced]] on the [[path]] of [[disciple]]s"​ ([[Arhat]]);​ and the 
 +[[Meditation on Amitabha Sutra]] at the [[request]] of [[Vaidehi]],​ [[queen]] [[Mother]] of 
 +the [[wicked]] [[prince]] [[Ajatashatru]]:​
 +
 +"My only [[pray]]er]],"​ she continued, "is this: O [[World-Honored One]], mayest thou
 +[[preach]] to me in detail of all the places where there is no [[sorrow]] or
 +trouble, and where I ought to go to be [[born]] anew. I am not satisfied with
 +this [[world]] of [[depravities]],​ with [[Jambudvipa]],​ which is full of [[hells]], full of
 +[[hungry ghost]]s ([[preta]]s),​ and of the brute [[creation]]. In this [[world]] of
 +[[depravities]] there is many an assemblage of the [[wicked]]. May I not [[hear]], I
 +[[pray]], the voice of the [[wicked]] in the [[future]]; and may I not see any [[wicked]]
 +[[person]]."​
 +
 +The [[Small Amitabha Sutra]], although the shortest of the [[three]], is by no
 +[[means]] unimportant. Nor is it just a [[summary]] recapitulation of the [[Doctrine]]
 +set forth in the [[other]] [[two]]. It is unique, be[[cause]] the entire [[Sutra]] belongs
 +to the "​[[Self-Spoken Division]]."​ In [[other]] [[word]]s, the [[Buddha]] [[spontaneous]]ly
 +[[preach]]ed the [[Dharma]] of this [[Sutra]], overstepping the usual [[practice]] of
 +[[speaking]] [[Dharma]] only upon [[request]]. The very fact that no one in the 
 +[[Great Assembly]] knew to ask shows the [[extreme]] importance and [[inconceivability]] ​
 +of the [[Dharma]] of this [[Sutra]]. The [[Buddha]] proclaims in the [[text]] of the [[Sutra]]:
 +"You should [[know]] that I, in the [[evil time]] of the [[five turbidities]] . . . for
 +all the [[world]] [[speak]] this [[Dharma]], difficult to [[believe]],​ [[extreme]]ly difficult."​
 +
 +The [[Sutra]] explains the [[cause]]s and circumstances for [[rebirth in the Land of Ultimate Bliss]].
 +
 +"The [[essential]] message of this [[Sutra]] is to [[teach]] us to [[recite]] the [[name]] ​
 +'​[[Namo Amitabha Buddha]]'​.
 +
 +[[Amitabha Buddha]] has a [[Great]] [[affinity]] with [[living beings]] in the [[Saha World]]. ​
 +Before [[realizing]] [[Buddhahood]],​ he made [[Forty-eight Vows]] and each one
 +involved taking [[living beings]] to [[Buddhahood]]. ​ At that [[time]], he was a [[Bhikshu]] ​
 +[[name]]d [[Dharma Treasury]]. He said, 'When I [[realize Buddhahood]],​
 +I [[Vow]] that [[living beings]] who [[recite]] my [[name]] will also [[realize Buddhahood]].
 +[[other]]wise,​ I won't either. . . .'
 +
 +"By the [[power]] of his [[Vows]], [[Amitabha Buddha]] leads all [[beings]] to [[rebirth]] in
 +his [[country]] where they [[realize Buddhahood]]. This [[power]] attracts [[living]]
 +[[beings]] to the [[Land of Ultimate Bliss]], just as a [[magnet]] attracts [[iron]]
 +filings. If [[living beings]] do not [[attain Enlightenment]],​ he him[[self]] won't
 +[[realize Buddhahood]]. Therefore, all who [[recite His Name]] can [[realize]]
 +[[Buddhahood]]."​ ([[AS]] 20)
 +
 +1) [[Chinese]]:​ [[Fo Shuo A Mi To Jing]] , 2) [[Sanskrit]]:​ [[Sukhavati Vyuha Sutra]].
 +
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 +[[See Also]]: [[Amita Buddha]], [[Amitayus]],​ [[Amitabha]],​ [[Pure Land]], [[Five Types of Buddhist Study and Practice]]-[[Pure Land]], ​
 +[[Buddha recitation]],​ [[Sutra]].*
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 +[[BTTS References]]:​ [[AS]].
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