Táng · Zhāng Shànhé
Also from the Tāng Dynasty, Zhāng Shànhé, was with killing of cows as his livelihood.
When approaching the end of life, he saw tens of cows, with a human voice saying, ‘You killed me!’
He told his wife, ‘Quickly invite a monastic to be mindful of Buddha [by reciting Āmítuófó’s name] for me.’
After the monastic arrived, he told him, ‘A Buddhist sūtra said, if there are sentient beings who have created karma that is not good, and should fall into the evil realms, those able to, with the utmost sincere mind, complete ten [thoughts] of mindfulness of Āmítuófó, this thus will be able to eradicate eighty koṭis of kalpas of transgressions of birth and death [with each moment of mindfulness], to immediately attain rebirth in the Land Of Ultimate Bliss.’
Zhāng Shànhé said, ‘Hell is coming soon. There is not enough time to bring the censer [for offering incense]!’
Saying so, immediately with his left hand lighting fire, and his right hand burning incense, towards the West, he loudly recited Āmítuófó’s name.
Yet to recite up to ten times, he hurriedly said, ‘Āmítuófó has come! He has already given me my treasure lotus seat.’ Right after finishing saying of this, he departed to be reborn in Āmítuófó’s Pure Land. (Buddhist Patriarchs’ Gathered Records）
Record [Of] Pure Land Sages: Eighth [Section On] Miscellaneous Rebirths
Compiled by Péng Xīsù
Namo Amituofo : Translation by Shen Shi’an
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