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The Best & Worst That Can Happen

Written by Shen Shi'an

Charles Dickens opened ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ with this –
‘It was the best of times,
it was the worst of times.’
Now could be such a time too.

What is the worst that can happen?
That I die ‘too soon’. (1)
But that would mean I can reach Pureland earlier! (2)
Amituofo!

What great relief!
The worst can ‘lead’ to the best… (3)
If I am mindful of Amituofo well. (4)
Amituofo!

Notes:

  1. An unexpected death is the ‘worst’ as it can lead to much anguish.
  2. So that we can better train to be enlightened Bodhisattvas to better help others.
  3. Birth in Pure Land is the ‘best’ as eventual Buddhahood is guaranteed from there.
  4. Single-minded mindfulness of Amituofo with faith and aspiration.

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Shen Shi'an

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