Essence of the Infinite Life Sutra – Excerpt Fifty-Nine

There are beings who plant good roots and create immense fields of good fortune. But they hold on to form, discriminate, and have a deep and strong attachment to feelings. They seek to transcend samsara but ultimately will be unable to do so. The previous excerpt talks about people who “are unable to detach from Read More …

Essence of the Infinite Life Sutra – Excerpt Fifty-Eight

The Buddha said: “They plant the good roots, and they are unable to detach from form. They do not seek the Buddha’s wisdom. They are deeply attached to worldly pleasures and the good fortune of the human world. Although they repeatedly cultivate good fortune, the rewards they seek are in the human and heavenly paths. Read More …

Essence of the Infinite Life Sutra – Excerpt Fifty-Seven

Ajita, you should know that doubt and delusion will do bodhisattvas great harm and cause them to lose great benefit. Therefore, you should understand and believe the supreme wisdom of all Buddhas. “Ajita” is Maitreya Bodhisattva. At the discourse on the Infinite Life Sutra, there were two primary beneficiaries: Elder Ananda in the first part of Read More …

Essence of the Infinite Life Sutra – Excerpt Fifty-Six

Wherever the Buddha goes, whether to a country, a city, or a village, people will be moved and will benefit. All the lands will be enveloped in peace and harmony. The sun and moon will shine clear and bright. Wind and rain will come when needed. Disasters and epidemics will not occur. The country will Read More …

Essence of the Infinite Life Sutra – Excerpt Fifty-Five

Correct your past wrongs and cultivate good karma for your future. Cleanse your mind and change your behavior. You will naturally receive a response. Your wishes will be fulfilled. This excerpt talks about the saying: “In Buddhism, every sincere request will receive a response.” “Correct your past wrongs and cultivate good karma for the future. Read More …

Essence of the Infinite Life Sutra – Excerpt Fifty-Four

To your elders and juniors, men and women, family members, and friends, you should impart my teachings. Discipline and reflect upon yourself. Be in harmony and conform with justice and truth. Be happy, compassionate, and filial. If your action is a transgression, feel remorse about the offense. Eradicate evil and cultivate virtue. When you learn Read More …

Essence of the Infinite Life Sutra – Excerpt Fifty-Three

Only in this world are there little good and plenty of evil. What people drink is suffering and what they eat is poison. There is no peace or ending. “This world” refers to the Saha world. An evil world of the Five Corruptions—this is what our present society is. In today’s society, there is little Read More …

Essence of the Infinite Life Sutra – Excerpt Fifty-Two

Extensively plant roots of virtue. Do not violate the precepts of the Way. Practice patience and diligence. Be compassionate and single-minded. “Extensively plant roots of virtue.” “Plant” means to plant and nurture. As to “roots of virtue,” for Mahayana bodhisattvas, the basis of all virtues is the Six Paramitas. For Theravada practitioners, it is the Read More …

Essence of the Infinite Life Sutra – Excerpt Fifty-One

Rectify your mind. Rectify your behavior. Rectify your ears, eyes, mouth, and nose. Behavior and mind should be pure and clean, and accord with virtuousness. Do not let your leisure pursuits or desires take control. Do not commit any evil deed. Speech and facial expressions should be gentle. Cultivation should be focused. Body and eye Read More …

Essence of the Infinite Life Sutra – Excerpt Fifty

Honor the sages and respect the virtuous. Have compassion and loving-kindness. “Honor the sages and respect the virtuous.” We should honor, admire, and emulate the sages of this world and beyond. We need to respect the people of virtue and good deeds in this world. We need to do our best to help others accomplish Read More …