When one recites the Buddha’s name (Namu-Amida-Butsu), Buddha Amitabha is one’s Self-Nature, the Pure Land is the blissful land of one’s own mind. Anyone who can singlemindedly recite the Buddha’s name in thought after thought and concentrate deeper and deeper will always find Amitabha Buddha appearing in their own mind.
There was something formless and perfect
before the universe was born.
It is serene. Empty.
Infinite. Eternally present.
It is the mother of the universe.
For lack of a better name,
I call it the Tao.
It flows through all things,
inside and outside, and returns
to the origin of all things.
The Tao is great.
The universe is great.
Earth is great.
Man is great.
These are the four great powers.
Man follows the earth.
Earth follows the universe.
The universe follows the Tao.
The Tao follows only itself.
If enlightenment is the abolishment of craving, how can we attain it by craving it? If enlightenment is the realization of non-self, how do we attain it through self-effort alone?In reciting the name of Amida Buddha, we are safely and effortlessly reborn into the Pure Land, the realm of Nirvana.
When the Buddha passed away into final Nirvana, he transcended the limitations of existence and non-existence. Shinran described rebirth into the Pure Land as the birth of non-birth, just as the Buddha described Nirvana as the unborn.
Any corporeal aspects [such as the marks of the Buddha] that are visible are magic-like products of Suchness [Ultimate Truth] manifested in accordance with the mentality of men in defilement. It is not, however, that these corporeal aspects which result from the suprarational functions of wisdom are of the nature of nonemptiness [i.e., substantial]; for wisdom has no aspects that can be perceived.
No matter the Southern (Theravada) or the Northern (Mahayana) Tradition, both share the common purpose of helping living beings bring forth the Bodhi-mind, to put an end to birth and death, and to leave suffering and attain bliss.