Repentance Master Cíyún’s Pure Land Verses
(Short Pure Land Verses)
Wholeheartedly, I take refuge for life
in the Land Of Ultimate Bliss’
May his pure light shine upon me,
and his kind vows embrace me.
I, now, with right mindfulness,
recite the Thus Come One’s name,
for the bodhi path,
seek birth in his Pure Land.
The Buddha’s ancient fundamental vow states:
‘If there are sentient beings,
who desire birth in my land,
with utmost sincere hearts of joyful faith,
even with ten mindful thoughts,
should not be born there,
I shall not attain right awakening.’
With this cause and condition for mindfulness of Buddha,
may I attain entry into the Thus Come One’s great ocean of vows.
Receiving the Buddha’s power of loving-kindness,
may my many transgressions be eradicated,
and good roots grow.
If, when approaching the end of life,
may I personally know the time of arrival,
my body be without suffering from sickness,
my mind be without attachment,
my thoughts be without inversion,
as if entering meditative concentration.
May the Buddha and his noble assembly,
with his hand carrying a golden lotus dais,
come to receive me.
Within one moment of mindfulness,
may I be born in the Land Of Ultimate Bliss.
When the flower blossoms, I shall see the Buddha,
immediately hear of the Buddha vehicle,
swiftly awaken to the Buddhas’ wisdom,
and widely deliver sentient beings,
to fulfil the bodhi vow.
[Homage to] all Buddhas of the ten directions and three periods.
[Homage to] all Bodhisattva-Mahāsattvas.
[Homage to] Mahā-Prajñāpāramitā.
Namo Amituofo : Translation by Shen Shi’an