Today, according to Amidaji calendar, we celebrate Master Shan-tao. Here are some passages from his teachings:

“Shakyamuni and other Buddhas throughout the ten quarters glorify Amida’s Light with twelve names and extensively urge beings to recite the Name and worship Him continuously without interruption, for such people will gain immeasurable merits in this lifetime and, after death, definitely attain birth  in the Pure Land”.

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“After having reached the Pure Land, you will acquire the six supernatural powers, with which you enter Samsara and guide sentient beings in all future ages”.

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“The moment life ends, the next moment you will be born in that land [the Pure Land], where you will everlastingly enjoy the Dharma bliss of no-action and you will no longer be subject to birth and death until you attain Buddhahood. Is this not wonderful? You should be aware of this”.

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“If sentient beings in the three realms of suffering see His Light, they will all be relieved and freed from affliction. At the end of their lives, they all reach emancipation”. 

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“Deep mind is deep entrusting faith. It has two aspects. First, to believe deeply and unwaveringly that we are actually ordinary beings of karmic evil subject to birth and death, ever sinking and ever transmigrating in samsara since innumerable kalpas ago without a chance to escape from it. Second, to believe deeply and unwaveringly that the Forty-eight Vows of Amida Buddha enfold sentient beings, enabling them to board his Vow-Power and attain birth.” 
(as quoted by Shinran Shonin in chapter III of his Kyogyoshinsho)

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“For this reason, I now respectfully urge all aspirants for the Pure Land who have close ties with us to accept the Buddha’s words with deep faith and hold them with utmost care. […] Sakyamuni urges all ordinary beings to practice the Nembutsu singleheartedly throughout their lives; when they die, they will definitely be born in that land. All the Buddhas of the ten directions, without exception, praise and recommend this teaching and give testimony to its truth. Why do they do so? Because their great compassion arises from the same essence. One Buddha’s teaching is the teaching of all the Buddhas; all the Buddhas’ teachings are one Buddha’s teaching.”
(as quoted by Shinran Shonin in chapter III of his Kyogyoshinsho)

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“Since this mind is a deep, adamantine faith, it is not liable to be disturbed or destroyed by people of different views, different teachings, other understandings, or other practices. You should decisively and singlemindedly hold fast to the Vow and proceed straightforwardly without giving heed to what others say. If you waver between going forward and retreating and look back with cowardly apprehension, you will stray from the path and lose the great benefit of attaining birth”.
(as quoted by Shinran Shonin in chapter III of his Kyogyoshinsho)
 
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“Deep faith with deep mind is to establish one’s belief resolutely on a firm basis, thereby practicing in accord with the teaching, removing doubt forever, and remaining steadfast and unmoved by all different understandings, different practices, other teachings, other views, and biases.…”
(as quoted by Shinran Shonin in chapter VI of his Kyogyoshinsho) 

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“Those who are mindful of Amida continuously until the end of their lives will be born in the Pure Land, ten out of ten and a hundred out of a hundred. The reason is that they are free of miscellaneous influences from the outside, they have attained the right mindfulness, they are in accord with the Buddha’s Primal Vow, they do not disagree with the Buddha’s teachings, and they accord with the Buddha’s words”.

“Mindful of Amida continuously” means that their faith (shinjin) in Amida Buddha is truly settled and so it will not disappear until the end of their lives when the actual birth in the Pure Land takes place. “Right mindfulness” is the faith (shinjin) of the Primal Vow.

Namo Amida Butsu!

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