Amitābha Buddha Is Not Far
Saying that ‘Amitābha Buddha [is] not far’, [is the] main explanation [that] indicates [his] realm, with [it] abiding [in the] mind, then having these three [sub-explanations]. First, [is] explanation [of the] difference apart [being] not far, from this [land] surpassing [a] hundred thousand koṭis [of] lands, immediately is [the] land of Amitā[bha Buddha]. Second, [is] explanation [that the] path [to there in] lǐs although [is] distant, when going [there, is with] one thought immediately arriving. Third, [is] explanation [that when] Vaidehī, others and future sentient beings [who] have conditions, concentrate [their] minds [to] contemplate [and be] mindful, [with] concentration’s realm corresponding, [these] practitioners [will] naturally [and] constantly see [it]. Having these three meanings, thus saying [it is] not far.
Pure Land Tradition’s 2nd Patriarch Great Master Shàndǎo
(Commentary [On The] Sūtra [In Which The] Buddha Speaks [On] Contemplation [Of] Immeasurable Life Buddha: Scroll Two: Preface Section’s Meaning)
[Note: Although Amitābha Buddha’s Pure Land is physically far from here, the vast distance represents our spiritual estrangement, that can be gradually or swiftly bridged with accumulation of the Three Provisions of Faith, Aspiration and Practice (信愿行三资粮), by connecting our limited Self-Power (自力) with Amitābha Buddha’s immeasurable Other-Power (他力), who pervades all directions at all times. Once there is firm connection, rebirth in his Pure Land is at the speed of thought.]
The Pure Land Of Ultimate Bliss Is In The West Yet Not Far
From here, [in the] western direction, passing [a] hundred thousand koṭis [of] Buddha lands, is [a] world named ‘Ultimate Bliss’. [In] that land, [is a] Buddha named ‘Amitā[bha]’, now presently speaking [the] Dharma.
([The] Sūtra [In Which The] Buddha Speaks [Of] Amitā[bha] Buddha)
Amitā[yus] Buddha, from here [is] not far.
([The] Sūtra [In Which The] Buddha Speaks [Of] Contemplation [On] Immeasurable Life Buddha)
The Sūtra In Which The Buddha Speaks Of Amitābha Buddha
The Sūtra In Which The Buddha Speaks Of Contemplation On Immeasurable Life Buddha