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Buddha Speaks of Amitabha Sutra – Part 19

舍利弗!下方世界有师子佛、名闻佛、名光佛、达摩佛、法幢佛、持法佛,如是等恒河沙数诸佛;各于其国,出广长舌相,遍覆三千大千世界,说诚实言:汝等众生,当信是称赞不可思议功德,一切诸佛所护念经。

In the worlds of the nadir there are countless other Buddhas, like the Buddha “Lion”, and the Buddha “Repute”, and the Buddha “Light”, and the Buddha “Dharma Banner”, and the Buddha “Upholding the Dharma”. Each of them preaches in his own land with the eloquence of a Buddha, and covers a whole cosmos, speaking the truth. All of you sentient beings should believe this scripture extolling their inconceivable merits, and which all Buddhas protect and keep in mind. 

http://www.buddhasutra.com/files/amidasutra.htm

Confidence and faith in our daily practice are important because they give us the strength to rest our minds in contentment. One of my challenges in life, is a mind that is constantly weighed down by worries. One moment there are worries about investments and finances, then the next moment, I found myself worrying about health. Besides worrying about myself, I also worry about others. “What if this and that happen?” “How can I prevent that from happening?”

It is actually a very toxic mental attitude that is built upon fear of the unknown future. Consequently, life becomes fearful and everything and everyone becomes a potential time bomb that will throw shrapnel of misfortune in my direction. It did not start out like that. Inistially, it started off as a positive attitude of being vigilant and prepared for the future. Like saving up for rainy days?

But somehow as challenges in life bruises us up a bit, the “planning for the future” becomes an insufferable habit to worry. Fear feeds fear.

These wonderful verses about Buddhas in different directions help to assure me that I am on the right path in life. When we feel assured and safe, then tendency of worrying also reduces. Instead of feeling overwhelmed by the unknown future, I have since learned to let go and be contended with my refuge in Buddha.

There is a confidence and a determination to believe that everything will turn out well. This is because we believe that the enlightened Buddha had shown us a way out of sufferings. We just need to follow a simple practice of repeating Amitabha’s name in our mind.

In this manner, Amitabha’s name replaces all our worrying thoughts. As we know and had probably experienced ourselves, being worrisome prevents us from functioning well. Therefore, worrying is useless and harmful. When we decided to believe in this sutra, we become more positive. We are confident that our practices are surrounded and supported by countless Buddhas in all directions.

As we reboot our minds to focus on this mantra,”Amitabha” or “Namo Amitabha”, we become more grounded in the present. As previously discussed, the trick is to still our monkey minds. Instead of letting our thoughts go astray and worry about everything, we leash our mind with this mantra.

Therefore, we shouldn’t allow our mind to continue worrying about the future while chanting Amitabha. Instead, it is critical to have faith and let go of all discursive thoughts. That way, our mind will brighten up when it is not weighed down by negative thoughts.

Since the mind is the forerunner of speech and action; a brightened mind will cause us to say and do things that create good karma for our future. Ultimately, happiness will come our way.

May all be well and happy.

May the pandemic end.

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