Amitābha and Sukhāvatī Series
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In the realm of Sukhāvatī, you turn the wheel of Dharma,
Gazing on living beings with all your compassion,
And acting for their benefit, just as you vowed—
To you, Amitābha resting in meditation, I pay homage!
Texts and practices related to Buddha Amitābha and his pure-land, the blissful western paradise of Sukhāvatī (bde ba can), including prayers of aspiration to be reborn in Sukhāvatī (bde smon):
Aspiration Prayers (bde smon)
These verses of aspiration to take rebirth in Amitābha's pureland of Sukhāvatī are extracted from the author's longer compilation of practices called The Easy Route to the Supreme Realm (zhing mchog bgrod pa'i bde lam).
A short prayer of invocation and aspiration addressed to Amitābha, the Buddha of Limitless Light, and Avalokiteśvara, the embodiment of compassion. The prayer concludes with the mantra oṃ amitābha hrīḥ.
This short prayer of aspiration for rebirth in Buddha Amitābha's pure-land of Sukhāvatī incorporates the so-called 'seven branches' (saptāṅga; yan lag bdun) of paying homage, offering, confession, rejoicing, requesting the turning of the wheel of Dharma, exhortation to remain, and dedication of virtue.
A short prayer incorporating the four causes of rebirth in Sukhāvatī, namely: 1) visualizing the pure realm, 2) accumulating merit and purifying obscurations, 3) generating bodhicitta, and 4) making prayers of aspiration and dedicating all sources of virtue towards rebirth in Sukhāvatī.
Part of the Namchö (gnam chos) revelation, this extremely popular prayer of aspiration for rebirth in Sukhāvatī derives from a vision in which Buddha Amitābha appeared to Tulku Mingyur Dorje, when the latter was just twelve years old, in 1657.
Sometimes classified as a Sukhāvatī aspiration (bde smon), this well-known prayer for the dedication of virtue (dge ba bsngo ba) is attributed to Buddha Amitābha, who spoke to Tulku Mingyur Dorje in a vision in 1657.
Following some lines of the Prayer of Good Actions (bzang spyod smon lam), Sakya Paṇḍita here offers a simple visualisation centred upon Buddha Amitābha, to be practised each day before falling asleep in order to secure rebirth in the Sukhāvatī pure-land.