Awakening in Pure Land Buddhism

matthewsatori:

All sects of Buddhism seek awakening, which they explain in various ways. In Pure Land Buddhism, awakening is a two-step process. 

First, accept that you are a foolish being, incapable of attaining Buddhahood by your own efforts alone. 

This will then allow you to trust in the unconditional gift of Buddhahood from Amida Buddha.

This entrusting is developed and expressed in reciting the name, NAMU-AMIDA-BUTSU.

Entrusting in Amida, who is the Buddha-nature in all things, you will awaken to the ever-present ocean of compassion.

Rather than a theistic god, Amida is the personification of Nirvana, the Ultimate Truth of all reality. 

The name Amida means “infinite light” and “eternal life.” 

In death, freed of all human limitations, you will attain Buddhahood in the Pure Land, the realm of Nirvana, for the sake of all other beings. 

Reflecting upon our imperfect selves, we seek to live a life of gratitude to Amida’s unsurpassed compassion.

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NAMU-AMIDA-BUTSU

Rather than a theistic god, Amida is the personification of Nirvana, the Ultimate Truth of all reality…

In death, freed of all human limitations, you will attain Buddhahood in the Pure Land, the realm of Nirvana, for the sake of all other beings.