Mind-Seal of the Buddhas

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Mind-Seal of the Buddhas
Patriarch Ou-i’s Commentary on the Amitabha Sutra

Translated by J.C. Cleary
Foreword, Notes and Glossary by Van Hien Study Group

This book is a translation from the Chinese of a major commentary on the Amitabha Sutra,the key text of Pure Land Buddhism. Its author is the distinguished seventeenth century T’ien-T’ai Master Ou-i, subsequently honored as the ninth Patriarch of the Pure Land school. To our knowledge, it is the first time this work has ever been rendered into a Western language.

Editor’s Foreword
Pure Land in a Nutshell
Introduction to Pure Land and the Amitabha Sutra
Introduction to Ou-i Chih-hsu
Introduction to Ou-i’s Commentary

Commentary on the Amitabha Sutra

Essence of the Sutra
Explanation of the Text

  1. Description of the Pure Land
  2. Description of the Wonders of Amitabha
  3. Seeking Rebirth in Pure Land
  4. Practice

Editor’s Notes

This is a summary of the tenth Stage of Bodhisattvas, called Cloud of Teaching… Whatever acts they undertake, whether through giving, or kind speech, or beneficial action, or cooperation, it is all never apart from thoughts of Buddha [Buddha Recitation], the Teaching, the Community (Sangha).

– “The Ten Stages” Chapter,Avatamsaka Sutra

Please be mindful of your speech, Amituofo!

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