Be Mindful Of Buddha To Exit Rebirth
Rather receiving hell’s suffering,
[to] attain hearing [of] all Buddhas’ name[s],
not receiving immeasurable joy,
[than] yet not hearing Buddhas’ name[s].
Therefore, in [the] past,
[for] innumerable kalpas receiving suffering,
rebirth [in the cycle of] birth [and] death within,
[is with] not hearing Buddhas’ name[s] thus.
True Wisdom Bodhisattva
(Flower Adornment Sūtra: Chapter 14 [On] Sumeru Peak’s Verses [Of] Praise)
[Note 1: As Āmítuófó’s name in its most basic form as ‘Amitā Buddha(s)’ means ‘Immeasurable Buddha(s)’, his one name already encompasses all Buddhas’ names. (既然’阿弥陀佛’名即是’无量佛’之意，他的一名已经包含诸佛名。)
Note 2: Even if experiencing hellish suffering once, it is worth it, if able to hear at least Āmítuófó’s name as a result. However, this is just an analogy to emphasize the great precious worth of hearing his name, as hell is practically the place most difficult to encounter any Buddha’s name, as being there is due to much negative karma, being spiritually far from any Buddha, even in thought.
Note 3: However, there are rare cases of those who manage to have the conditions to hear and be mindful of Āmítuófó’s name in hell, thus being able to escape from hell, to be reborn in his Pure Land. Mindfulness of Āmítuófó’s name in time for the hellbound before death is also able to escape hell, to reach Pure Land instead. Having received Āmítuófó’s name, not only can hell be escaped from, worldly rebirth can be transcended entirely.
Note 4: If receiving immeasurable worldly joy instead, and not hearing Āmítuófó’s name, this is not worth it, as such joy is short-lived, while still being trapped in the rounds of rebirth.
Note 5: Hearing Āmítuófó’s name properly is to be mindful of his name with profound Faith (深信) and sincere Aspiration (切愿) for reaching his Pure Land, where there will be truly lasting immeasurable bliss.]
Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an
Āmítuófó As One And All Buddhas
Those Not Born In Pure Land Will Fall Into Hell
Those Not Born In Pure Land Will Fall Into Evil Paths
Why Is It Easier To Reach Āmítuófó’s Pure Land Than To Retain Human Rebirth?
Should We Aspire To Return Here Immediately?
Are You ‘Recycling’ Yourself Every Three Lifetimes?
Verses On Three Lifetimes’ Grievances