Friday, March 20, 2009

Short Prayer for Rebirth in the Pure Land

I wish to be reborn in the Western Pure Land.

I wish to have as my parents a lotus blossom in nine grades.

When the blossom opens, I will see the Buddha and realize that dharmas never arise,

And I will have as my companions the Bodhisattvas who never regress.

Long Prayer for Rebirth in the Pure Land

I single-mindedly take refuge in Amitābha Buddha in the World of Ultimate Bliss. Illuminate me with Your pure light and draw me in with Your loving, kind vows! Thinking only of You, I now call the name of the Tathāgatha. For the sake of the Bodhi Way, I supplicate to be reborn in Your Pure Land.

Before this Buddha attained Buddhahood in the past, he made a vow: "Suppose there are sentient beings that desire to be reborn in my land and think in earnest only ten thoughts of belief and delight. If they should fail to be reborn there, I would not attain the perfect enlightenment."

Through these causes and conditions for thinking of this Buddha, I have gained entrance into the Tathāgata's ocean of great vows. By virtue of the power of the Buddha's lovingkindness, my sins are expunged and my roots of goodness growing stronger. Upon the ending of my life, I will know the coming of my time. My body will have no illness or suffering. My heart will have no greed or attachments. My mind will not be demented but be peaceful as if in meditative concentration. The Buddha and a multitude of holy beings, holding a golden lotus-borne platform in their hands, will come to receive me. In the instant of one thought, I will be reborn in the Land of Ultimate Bliss. When the lotus blossom opens, I will see the Buddha. I will immediately hear the Buddha Vehicle, and my Buddha wisdom will suddenly unfold. I will widely deliver sentient beings, fulfilling my bodhi vow.

Homage to all Buddhas of the past, present, and future, in the ten directions!
Homage to all Bodhisattva-Mahāsattvas!
Homage to mahā-prajñā-pāramitā!