Does Mindfulness Of Buddha Only Benefit Last Moments? 念佛只能利益临终时吗?


Question: Is mindfulness of the sacred name of Amitā[bha] Buddha (i.e. Āmítuófó) only beneficial when approaching the end of life?


Answer: According to the ‘Sūtra [In Which The] Buddha Speaks [Of] Amitā[bha] Buddha’s Fundamental Esoteric Spiritual Mantra’, of the ten great benefits from mindfulness of Buddha listed below, the first nine are able to directly benefit this present life. As the true benefits of mindfulness of Buddha are immeasurably boundless, the sūtra also says, ‘Such meritorious virtues, cannot be named or calculated [completely].’

[1] 转贫贱,获得富贵
Transform poverty and lowliness, to obtain wealth and honour.

[2] 得果免宿业所追病患之苦
Attain fruit of being spared from being pursued by suffering of sickness from past karma.

[3] 转短命,得寿延长
Transform short lifespans to attain lengthened lifespans.

[4] 怨家变恨
Have enemies transform their hatred.

[5] 得子孙繁荣
Attain children, grandchildren and prosperity.

[6] 受无比身心安乐
Receive incomparable peace and bliss of body and mind.

[7] 如意满足
Attain fulfilment according to wishes.

[8] 诸罪消灭
Have many transgressions eradicated.

[9] 修多善根福德
Cultivate much good roots and blessed virtues.

[10] 是人终时,心不颠倒,即得往生阿弥陀佛极乐国土
When these persons’ lives are ending, their minds will not be inverted, and will immediately attain rebirth in Amitābha Buddha’s Pure Land Of Ultimate Bliss.

Namo Amituofo : Translation by Shen Shi’an

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