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The Eight Great Bodhisattvas’ Connections With Amitābha Buddha (Āmítuófó) 八大菩萨与阿弥陀佛的关系

[1] Avalokiteśvara Bodhisattva (观世音菩萨)
who especially personifies the perfect Compassion (大悲) of all Buddhas:

As in the Pure Land sūtras, such as the Contemplation Sūtra《观经》, s/he is the first chief assistant Bodhisattva disciple of Āmítuófó in his Pure Land, who guides beings to it and in it. (Note: Great Bodhisattvas can manifest to be in many places at once.)

[2] Mañjuśrī Bodhisattva (文殊师利菩萨)
who especially personifies the perfect Wisdom (大智) of all Buddhas:

As in the Sūtra [On] Mañjuśrī’s Giving Rise [Of] Aspiration《文殊师利发愿经》, he aspired to reach Āmítuófó’s Pure Land, and surely already did so: https://purelanders.com/2017/05/31/manjusri-bodhisattvas-verses-of-aspiration-for-birth-in-pure-land (See note in [1].)

[3] Kṣitigarbha Bodhisattva (地藏菩萨)
who especially personifies the perfect Aspiration (大愿) of all Buddhas:

As in the Sūtra [In Which The] Buddha Speaks [Of] Kṣitigarbha Bodhisattva《佛说地藏菩萨经》, he guides beings to Āmítuófó’s Pure Land: https://purelanders.com/2018/09/09/k%e1%b9%a3itigarbha-bodhisattvas-guidance-to-pure-land As the sūtra says those guided can always see him, he should also be there. (See note in [1].)

[4] Samantabhadra Bodhisattva (普贤菩萨)
who especially personifies the perfect Practice (大行) of all Buddhas:

As in the Chapter [On] Samantabhadra Bodhisattva Practices [And] Vows《普贤菩萨行愿品》, he aspired to reach Āmítuófó’s Pure Land is his 10th great vow, and surely already did so. His 10 great vows form the model of all great Bodhisattvas’ vows: https://fpmt.org/wp-content/uploads/prayers/king_of_prayers_c5.pdf (See note in [1].)

[5] Mahāsthāmaprāpta (i.e. Vajrapāṇi) Bodhisattva (大势至菩萨)
who especially personifies the perfect Power or Strength (大势 or 大力) of all Buddhas:

As in the Pure Land sūtras, such as the Contemplation Sūtra《观经》, s/he is the second chief assistant Bodhisattva disciple of Āmítuófó in his Pure Land, who guides beings to it and in it. (See note in [1].)

[6] Maitreya Bodhisattva (弥勒菩萨)
who especially personifies the perfect Loving-Kindness (大慈) of all Buddhas:

He was present in the Amitābha Sūtra《阿弥陀经》and Immeasurable Life Sūtra《无量寿经》assemblies to receive teachings on Āmítuófó’s Pure Land, so as to teach them to guide more when he becomes the next Buddha in this world. He was directly entrusted to do so in the second sūtra, which is the most voluminous Pure Land sūtra linked to Āmítuófó.

[7] Âkāśagarbha Bodhisattva (虚空藏菩萨)
who especially personifies the perfect Blessed Virtues or Blessings (大福德) of all Buddhas:

He was entrusted, and is sent by Āmítuófó himself, with many other great Bodhisattvas, to guide beings to Āmítuófó’s Pure Land: https://purelanders.com/2018/06/11/how-mindfulness-of-amituofo-protects-from-evil-unseen-beings (See note in [1].)

[8] Sarvanivāraņa-Vişkambhin Bodhisattva (除盖障菩萨)
who especially personifies perfect Eradication Of Hindrances And Obstacles (大除盖障) by all Buddhas:

Direct reference yet to be found linking to Āmítuófó’s Pure Land. However, as above in [4], all great Bodhisattvas practise Samantabhadra Bodhisattva’s great vows, which include reaching Āmítuófó’s Pure Land and guiding all beings to it. Reaching of Āmítuófó’s Pure Land is also the swiftest way to eradicate all hindrances and obstacles.

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