The Holy Name, and the Doctrine of Grace in Chinese Pure Land Buddhism

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THE FOLLOWING QUOTATIONS ARE FROM Records of the Life of the Venerable Master Hsuan Hua, Volume One, compiled and translated by American Bhikshuni Heng Yin. This book was published in 1981 by the Dharma Realm Buddhist University Buddhist Text Translation Society, Talmage, California, USA.

Page 82

“Seek rebirth in Ultimate Bliss with serious intent By putting down defiled thoughts and returning to the pure. The Master delivered the following instruction during a seven-day recitation session in Kiangsi :

“The Dharma-door of reciting the Buddha’s name is also called the Pure Land Dharma-door. By means of this method all can enter the Pure Land, for it receives those of all three dispositions and gathers the intelligent and deluded. Wise people with superior wisdom, average people with ordinary intelligence, and inferior, deluded people—those of all three dispositions need only recite the name and they will be reborn in the Pure Land. Thus it is the convenient means within the convenient means, the short cut among short cuts, and is most suited to beings in the Dharma-ending age.”

NOTE THAT THE DHARMA ENDING AGE IS KALI YUGA. SO HERE WE HAVE THE DIRECT PARALLEL TO THE GAUDIYA VAISHNAVA DOCTRINE OF HARI NAMA INVOCATION / RECITATION BEING THE YUGA DHARMA (AGE = YUGA).

Page 82 continued:

“If one is simply able to recite ‘Namo Amitabha Buddha’, one will certainly be reborn in the Land of Ultimate Bliss, where, transformationally born from a lotus, one will see the Buddha and awaken to the patience of the uncreated, never again to retreat to the Small Vehicle [HINAYANA], or to the status of a common person. If what I say is not so, I will gladly descend into the hells.

“Yesterday someone asked me, ‘When I recite the Buddha’s name, I have too much idle thinking. How can I stop it?’

“Pay no attention to how much idle thinking you are doing. Just keep reciting the Buddha’s name with all your heart. There is a common saying,

 

When the clear-water pearl
is thrown in muddy water,
the muddy water turns clear.

When the Buddha’s name
enters the deluded mind,
the deluded mind becomes the Buddha.

“Recitation itself is the cure for idle thinking. Why add a head on top of your head by looking for another method?”

The Pure Land Dharma Door is RECOMMENDED FOR ALL BEINGS IN THE DHARMA ENDING (Kali Yuga) AGE. This is simple INVOCATION OF THE OTHER-POWER OF AMITABHA-LOKESHVARA-HRIH.

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