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