Today, the 1st day of the 1st lunar month, is Maitreya Bodhisattva’s sacred birthday.
Homage to the honourable future descending and born Maitreya Buddha.
The Buddha told Maitreya [Bodhisattva],
‘If there are those who attain hearing
of that [Amitābha] Buddha’s name [“Āmítuófó”],
with joyful enthusiasm, even if for one thought,
it should be known that these persons, will attain great benefits,
which thus are complete with unsurpassable meritorious virtues.
Therefore, Maitreya, if there is a great fire,
that fully fills the three-thousandfold great-thousandfold world,
all ought to cross this, to hear this sūtra’s [Pure Land] teachings,
with joyful faith, receive, uphold, read and recite them,
to cultivate the practices as said.’
(Immeasurable Life Sūtra)