Essence of the Infinite Life Sutra – Excerpt Twenty-Eight

Their minds are clean like snow mountains. Their patience is like the earth: with impartiality, it bears everything. Their purity is like water: it cleanses all dirt. “Their minds are clean like snow mountains.” “Snow mountains” refers to the Himalaya Mountains, which are blanketed with snow all year round. Sakyamuni Buddha was born in today’s Read More …

Essence of the Infinite Life Sutra – Excerpt Twenty-Seven

They know that all phenomena are empty and quiescent. Retribution body and afflictions—both remnants are completely eradicated. “They know that all phenomena are empty and quiescent”—this sentence conveys exactly the same meaning as “the four basic elements are all empty” and “the five aggregates are without self-identity.” The four basic elements refer to the four Read More …

Essence of the Infinite Life Sutra – Excerpt Twenty-Six

[Those Bodhisattvas] have a mind of great compassion and of bringing benefits to all beings. They discard all attachments and accomplish infinite merits and virtues. “Great” refers to a pure and impartial mind—such a mind is free of discrimination and attachment. Great compassion is compassion from a pure mind and an impartial mind. This excerpt Read More …

Essence of the Infinite Life Sutra – Excerpt Twenty-Five

They travel to all the Buddha Lands. There is none that they like or dislike; and there is no thought of wanting or of not wanting. Neither do they have thoughts of “others” or of “I,” nor thoughts of dissatisfaction and enmity. The bodhisattvas of the Western Pure Land go often to the Buddha Lands Read More …

Essence of the Infinite Life Sutra – Excerpt Twenty-Four

What they have said is sincere and true. They delve deeply into the meanings and flavor. They enlighten all sentient beings. They show by example and teach the proper Dharma. “What they have said is sincere and true.” “Sincere” means that what they [the bodhisattvas of the Western Pure Land] say is the truth; it Read More …

Essence of the Infinite Life Sutra – Excerpt Twenty-Three

They completely understand all the Buddhas’ profound teachings. They tame all their faculties. Their bodies are supple and their minds are gentle. They delve deeply into true wisdom and no longer have residual habits. The word “profound” conveys depth, not secrecy. Secrecy means that there is something that cannot be revealed to others, and so Read More …

Essence of the Infinite Life Sutra – Excerpt Twenty-Two

They thoroughly understand the nature of all dharmas: everything is empty and without self. The word “dharmas” refers to phenomena. The word “nature” refers to innate character or noumenon. The noumenon of all phenomena is empty and quiescent. When the Buddha said that all phenomena are empty, he meant that the noumenon is empty: phenomena Read More …

Essence of the Infinite Life Sutra – Excerpt Twenty

One should single-mindedly cultivate a pure mind, set body and mind upright, and eradicate desire and eliminate worry. One should maintain a compassionate mind and make focused and diligent progress. One should not be angry or jealous or be gluttonous or stingy. One should not have regret halfway or have doubts. One should be filial, Read More …