Verses On Choice Of Pure Land
In reply to Queen Vaidehī, the World-Honoured Śākyamuni Buddha (释迦牟尼佛), manifested the appearance of immeasurable Pure Lands, allowing her to choose.
Vaidehī only chose the Land Of Ultimate Bliss, requesting the Buddha to instruct, on how to be born in that land.
Of all many Pure Lands, why was she with this choice? The Contemplation Sūtra confirms the Greater Sūtra’s (Immeasurable Life Sūtra)《无量寿经》aspiration text.
Dharma Treasury Bodhisattva, now having become Amitābha Buddha (阿弥陀佛), formerly to King Of World With Ease Buddha (世自在王佛), gave rose to this vow thus,
‘If I become a Buddha, my land will be the foremost. Its assembly will be unique and wonderful, in a place for realising the path surpassing.
My land will be like Nirvāṇa, and without equal or two. I will, with empathy, deliver and liberate all.’
The Buddha for him extensively spoke of two hundred and ten koṭīs of all Buddha lands, with their good and evil, coarseness and subtle wonders.
With all appearing for him, for five kalpas contemplating forty-eight great vows, for accomplishing the above Pure Land.
Vaidehī, therefore, was without any other choice, naturally with the direct choice, of the foremost Pure Land.
As that choice of the Queen, represents that with wisdom, hesitating sentient beings should choose it too.
[According to the Lotus Flower Treasury World’s (莲华藏世界) classification system, ‘two hundred and ten koṭīs’ represents the ten directions’ immeasurable lands’ number.]
Preface Section (Of Contemplation Sūtra)
Fourth Chapter On Dharma Treasury’s Causal Ground (Of Immeasurable Life Sūtra)
Verses On Only Choice
Verses On Choosing The Western Pure Land
Why Do Pure Lands Have The ‘Superior’ & ‘Inferior’?