Amitābha and Sukhāvatī Series

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Buddha Amitābha, 'Boundless Light'

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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)

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.

Two verses: the first a prayer to Atiśa as an emanation of Padmasambhava and the second an aspiration for rebirth in the pure land of great bliss.

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.

This short prayer of aspiration towards Sukhāvatī (bde smon) incorporates the so-called 'seven branches' (saptāṅga; yan lag bdun) of devotional practice.

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 thirteen years old, in 1657.



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