[The Eighth Contemplation: Image’s Contemplation]
[The] Buddha told Ānanda and Vaidehī, ‘[Having] seen these matters already, next [that] should [be] contemplated [is the] Buddha. Why [is] that so? All Buddha Thus Come [Ones], are [the] Dharma Realm’s body, [who] enter all sentient beings’ minds’ thoughts within. Therefore, when you [and] others [have] minds [with] thoughts [of the] Buddha, [this] is the same as [his] thirty-two forms, [and] eighty appearance-following excellences. [It] is [the] mind [that] becomes Buddha, [and it] is [the] mind [that] is Buddha. All Buddhas’ right all-knowing ocean, from [the] mind’s thought arises.
Therefore, [you] should [have] wholehearted continual mindfulness, [to] attentively contemplate that Buddha Tathāgata, Arhat, Samyaksaṃbuddha. Those contemplating that Buddha, should first contemplate [his] image. [With] closed eyes [and] opened eyes, seeing a treasure image, like [that with] Jambu River’s golden colour, seated [on] that flower above.
[Having] seen [his] image already, [the] mind’s eye attains opening, [to] understand [it] distinctly [and] clearly. See [the] Land [Of] Ultimate Bliss’ seven treasures’ adornments. [Its] treasure ground, treasure ponds [and] treasure trees [in] rows lined. All heavenly treasure screens, completely cover them above, [with] all treasure nets, filling empty space within. Seeing thus, [with] these matters, [to the] utmost enabled [to be] understood clearly, like contemplating [them] within [the] palm.
[Having] seen these matters already, again [there] should also be a large lotus flower, at [the] Buddha’s left side, like [the] lotus flower before, equal [and] not having difference. Again, have a large lotus flower, at [the] Buddha’s right side. Contemplate a Contemplator [Of The] World’s Sounds Bodhisattva’s image, seated [on the] left flower throne, likewise having golden colour, like before without difference. Contemplate a Great Power Arrived Bodhisattva’s image, seated [on the] right flower throne.
When these contemplations [are being] accomplished, [the] Buddha’s [and] Bodhisattvas’ images, all emit bright light. Their light golden [in] colour illuminate all treasure trees. Each [and every] one tree below, likewise has three lotus flowers. All lotus flowers above, each has one Buddha’s [and] two Bodhisattvas’ images, completely filling that land.
When these contemplations [are being] accomplished, practitioners should hear water flowing, [see] bright light and all treasure trees, [hearing] ducks, geese [and] mandarin ducks, all speaking [the] wonderful Dharma. Exiting concentration [and] entering concentration, constantly hearing [the] wonderful Dharma. Those [the] practitioners hear, when exiting concentration, [will be] recollected [and] upheld, without forsaking [them], enabling [them to be] with [the] sūtras agreeably. If [there are] those not agreeable, [they are] named [as] false thoughts. If [there are] those with [them] merged, [they are] named as [having] Coarse Contemplation [And] Sight [Of The] Land [Of] Ultimate Bliss.
[This] is [known] as Image’s Contemplation, named [the] Eighth Contemplation. Those having this contemplation, [will] eradicate immeasurable koṭis’ kalpas’ transgressions of births [and] deaths, [and] in this life within, attain Samādhi [From] Mindfulness [Of] Buddha.’
[The Seventh Contemplation: Flower Throne’s Contemplation]
[The Ninth Contemplation: Everywhere Contemplating All Physical Bodies’ Forms’ Contemplation]