Do prostration three times.
In a blink the swift changes of impermanence may arrive,
Sentient beings are drifting in the ocean of suffering,
This altruistic session born of sober clarity is all too precious,
For all beings this sadhana is practiced to realize Amitabha.
All things are conditional phenomena,Visualize the whole Dharmadhatu return to original purity, and appear as boundless sky-blue light.
Mutually dependent and coexistent;
Renouncing antagonistic discriminations,
All appear as original purity in oneness.
Visualize that one’s father and mother are to the right and left side, all beings related to one through past karma to the front, and the rest of the sentient beings behind. Among the six realms of sentient beings behind one, those in hells who need salvation most are closest to one, then are the other beings in the order of hungry ghosts, animals, humans, asuras, and finally the heavenly beings. All sentient beings are facing the same direction as the practitioner.
Visualize that in the space in front of the practitioner are all the holy
beings: Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Arahats, Pratyeka-Buddhas, Dharma Protectors,
etc. At the center is Amitabha Buddha (red), with Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara
(white) and Bodhisattva Mahasthanaprapta (blue) to his right and left. These
three holy beings are surrounded by all holy beings of the Western Pureland of
Utmost Joy. These are in turn surrounded by layers after layers of all the
Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and holy beings of all other purelands. With great
compassion all holy beings look attentively at all the sentient beings below.
I take refuge in the Vajra Guru.
I take refuge in Amitabha Buddha.
I take refuge in thorough Buddha Dharma.
I take refuge in holy beings of Bodhi.
Visualize that all holy beings are rejoicing over sentient beings’ ability to
recognize and choose the path toward liberation. Amitabha Buddha, on behalf of
all holy beings, grants refuge to all sentient beings. From the heart chakra of
Amitabha Buddha rays of blue light radiates forth to each and every sentient
being. In this way each sentient being’s bad karma is eradicated, merits
increased, and Bodhicitta nurtured. This ray of blue light then stays, like a
candle flame, in the heart of the sentient being, shines forth the light of
Bodhi, and sheds light on the right path of Bodhi forever.
Filling the whole Dharmadhatu with treasures,Visualize that all holy beings are delighted by the Bodhicitta which is the pure motivation underlying these offerings, and therefore gladly accept and enjoy the offerings. Each and every holy being obtains complete enjoyment of all sorts. All holy beings emit lights in blue, white, yellow, red and green color that enlighten the whole Dharmadhatu and give blessings to all sentient beings. Then all holy beings other than Amitabha Buddha transform into lights and merge into Amitabha Buddha.
Pouring all attainments of the wisdom path,
Offered without reluctance nor omission;
Beg to accept out of compassion and empathy,
Exhibit skillful display of the wondrous Dharma,
Salvage without neglect nor omission.
Amitabha Buddha emits pure lights,Visualize that Amitabha Buddha, upon hearing this praise, is very pleased by the right faith of the practitioner and the sentient beings. Amitabha Buddha emits bright red lights from his heart chakra shining through the whole Dharmadhatu and giving blessings to all sentient beings. Then Amitabha Buddha sprinkles showers of nectar from his bowl upon sentient beings to purify their karma of body, speech and mind. The nectar is also granted for sentient beings to drink in order to nourish their wisdom and expand their life span.
Spiritual nature of sentient beings in all directions are revealed!
Amitabha Buddha enunciates clear sounds,
Sorrows of sentient beings at all times are eradicated!
Amitabha Buddha always remembered,
Even trapped in the mire of sorrows one is still spotless!
Amitabha Buddha is the mentor,
Rebirth in Pureland and full enlightenment are at hand!
In this vast expanse of blue brilliance, suddenly there appears a karma vajra. Above the karma vajra, there appears a magnificent Dharma seat supported by eight lions.
Then above the seat there appears, one after the other and one above the other, a lotus, a moon cushion and a sun cushion. At the center of the sun cushion there appears a red seed word "Hsri" standing upright. Hsri transforms into Amitabha Buddha with red brilliant rainbow body, sitting in lotus posture, and holding at his lap with both hands a bowl full of nectar. In the heart chakra of Amitabha Buddha there is a lotus, above which is a moon cushion, and a sun cushion atop. Standing upright at the center of this sun cushion is a red seed word "Hsri." Evenly distributed around and above the circumference of the sun cushion are the six words constituting the Heart Mantra of Amitabha Buddha. All six words of this mantra wheel are red in color and are arranged counterclockwise in their regular order.
The Heart Mantra of Amitabha Buddha
Om A Mi Da Wa Hsri
As the mantra wheel spins, it simultaneously emits waves of red light
spreading in all directions throughout the whole Dharmadhatu. With each wave of
red light countless numbers of Amitabha Buddhas are sent forth. These Amitabha
Buddhas surf the waves of light to all corners of the Dharmadhatu in order to
salvage all sorts of sentient beings.
From this brightness of original purity Amitabha Buddha appears in human form
as the practitioner to facilitate teaching and salvaging sentient beings in this
world in accordance with their various aptitudes and conditions. Then Amitabha
Buddha descends from the seat. Afterwards Amitabha Buddha employs the form,
speeches and activities of the practitioner to expand ingenious contrivances in
limitless fashions toward the compassionate salvation of all sentient beings.
January 11, 1999
A Study for the Cultivation of Harmony
El Cerrito, California, USA