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From great Bodhisattva-Mahasattvas on the brink of Buddhahood like Samantabhadra Bodhisattva to once greatly evil but now repentant beings in the deepest hell, and all others in between, including us, there is no one who cannot immeasurably benefit from mindfulness of Amituofo to reach his Pure Land for expediting non-retrogressible progress towards Buddhahood.

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大佛顶首楞严经大势至菩萨念佛圆通章

The Great Buddha Crown’s Śūraṅgama Sūtra’s Section On Mahāsthāmaprāpta Bodhisattva’s Perfect Penetration With Mindfulness Of Buddha  

唐天竺沙门般刺蜜谛译
新加坡优婆塞沈时安译

Translated from Sanskrit into Chinese in Tang Dynasty by Śramana Parāmiti from India
Translated from Chinese into English in 2556 B.E. by Upāsaka Shen Shi’an from Singapore

大势至法王子,  与其同伦五十二菩萨,  即从座起 ,  顶礼佛足,  而白佛言: ‘我忆往昔,恒河沙劫,有佛出世,名无量光。十二如来,相继一劫,其最后佛,名超日月光。彼佛教我念佛三昧。

Great Power Arrived, the Dharma Prince, with his similar peers of fifty-two Bodhisattvas, immediately rose from their seats, prostrated at the Buddha’s feet, and said to the Buddha, ‘I recollect, in past kalpas ago, as numerous as the Ganges River’s sands, there was a Buddha who arose in the world, named “Immeasurable Light”. Twelve Tathāgatas arose in succession for one kalpa, and its last Buddha was named “Surpassing Sun And Moon Light”. That Buddha taught me the Samādhi from Mindfulness of Buddha.

譬如有人,一专为忆,一人专忘。如是二人,若逢不逢,或见非见。二人相忆,二忆念深,如是乃至,从生至生,同于形影,不相乖异。

For example, there are persons, of one focused on recollecting, and one person focused on forgetting. Such two persons, if they come across each other, it is as if they do not come across each other, or if they see each other, it is as if they do not see each other. If these two persons mutually recollect each other, with the duo’s mindful recollection being deep, thus, even from life to life, similar to form and shadow, they will not depart from each other.

十方如来,怜念众生,如母忆子。若子逃逝,虽忆何为?子若忆母,如母忆时,母子历生,不相违远。

The ten directions’ Tathāgatas are sympathetically mindful of sentient beings, like a mother recollecting her child. If the child runs away, although there is recollection, what is the use? If the child recollects the mother, like when the mother recollects the child, the mother and child, in life after life, will not be far away from each other.

若众生心,忆佛念佛,现前当来,必定见佛。去佛不远,不假方便,自得心开。如染香人,身有香气,此则名曰香光庄严。

If sentient beings’ minds recollect the Buddha [Amitābha], and are mindful of the Buddha, now or in the future, they will definitely see the Buddha. With the Buddha not far away, without use of expedient means, they will, by themselves, attain awakening of their minds. Like a person perfumed by incense, whose body has fragrance, this is thus named “Adornment With Fragrance And Light”.

我本因地,以念佛心,入无生忍。今于此界,摄念佛人,归于净土。佛问圆通,我无选择,都摄六根,净念相继,得三摩地,斯为第一。’

I, when on the fundamental causal ground, with my mind being mindful of the Buddha, entered the Patience of Non-Birth. Now in this world, I gather those mindful of the Buddha, for return to his Pure Land. The Buddha asked about Perfect Penetration, and I have no other choice, than to gather in the six roots, with pure mindfulness of the Buddha in continuous succession, to attain Samādhi, as this is the foremost method.’

Related Course:
The Mindfulness Factor: How To Be Mindful Of Buddha Purely
http://thedailyenlightenment.com/2014/08/the-mindfulness-factor-how-to-be-mindful-of-buddha-purely-run-2
(Look out for next run at http://thedailyenlightenment.com/category/06)

Related Card:
‘Mindfulness Of Buddha’ Card

http://thedailyenlightenment.com/2013/10/mindfulness-of-buddha-card

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