A Skillful Method to Ensure Rebirth into Western Pure Land

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A Skillful Method to Ensure Rebirth into Western Pure Land

Postby Kaji » Tue Sep 25, 2012 9:17 am

I am not sure if this has been posted already; if so I apologise. I think this is something worth sharing to all those who would like to be reborn into the Western Pure Land.

In a lecture by Ven Fun Zai (Cantonese pronunciation, "Kuan Ji" in Mandarin), he taught that conventional methods of contemplating Amitabha Buddha (nienfo) by name recitation are great - they prepare you for your final moment in life to focus on nienfo to ensure rebirth into WPL. He very briefly taught one particular method that is particularly skillful in ensuring success in WPL rebirth...

Simply, recite Amitabha Buddha's name ten times immediately when you wake up every morning. This has to be done right after waking up, before you get out of bed and even better before you open your eyes. There, nail this one and you can be confident that you will be reborn into WPL when your time in this world is up.

How does it work? When we die, our bardo leaves our body and may feel like just having woken up - a bit confused and not 100% mentally alert. If you have developed a habit of nienfo every time you are in this state (i.e., every time you wake up), you will do the same when you die. This should work even if you die accidentally and unexpectedly.

Give it a try! If it works for you, would you be kind enough to return here from WPL to confirm with the rest of us?
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Re: A Skillful Method to Ensure Rebirth into Western Pure Land

Postby Kaji » Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:17 am

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Re: A Skillful Method to Ensure Rebirth into Western Pure Land

Postby Nosta » Tue Sep 25, 2012 7:10 pm

Ehehe, its curious because one day i tought on the opposite idea: reciting Amitabha while falling asleep. My idea was that dying is like falling asleep, so you need to train your mind to fall asleep without stopping recitations (i gave up from such difficult task). Perhaps the best thing is to learn how to fall asleep imediatly in a Lucid Dream and just then you could do my idea.

The idea you expose its the opposite and i think thats very interesting. I never taught that being in Bardo is like waking up because Bardo must be a so dman confusing experience that can only be compared to a dream.

I will try to do your idea, its much more easy than mine (i think!).

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Re: A Skillful Method to Ensure Rebirth into Western Pure Land

Postby sinweiy » Wed Sep 26, 2012 2:00 am

_/\_
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"Enlightenment is to turn around and see MY own mistake, Other's mistake is also my mistake. Others are right even if they are wrong. i'm wrong even if i'm right. " - Master Chin Kung

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Postby sinweiy » Wed Sep 26, 2012 2:06 am

another thing, since when we die, karma can be one obstruction hindering one's rebirth, if possible attend an 8 precepts retreat during this life. as 8 precepts is great wholesome karma that will bring up one's confidence.
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Re: A Skillful Method to Ensure Rebirth into Western Pure Land

Postby Kaji » Wed Sep 26, 2012 11:27 am

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Postby Kaji » Wed Sep 26, 2012 12:01 pm

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Re: A Skillful Method to Ensure Rebirth into Western Pure Land

Postby sinweiy » Thu Sep 27, 2012 1:11 am

_/\_
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"Enlightenment is to turn around and see MY own mistake, Other's mistake is also my mistake. Others are right even if they are wrong. i'm wrong even if i'm right. " - Master Chin Kung

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Re: A Skillful Method to Ensure Rebirth into Western Pure Land

Postby Kaji » Thu Sep 27, 2012 2:55 am

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Re: A Skillful Method to Ensure Rebirth into Western Pure Land

Postby cj39 » Thu Sep 27, 2012 3:47 am

Have you tried keeping a dream journal? I have for the last couple of months and frequently I will dream of writing before I actually wake up. If I make it a point to write out the nembutsu every morning upon waking up pretty soon it should be the first thing on my mind when my eyes open. Any way, that's the theory. I am going to give it a try.

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Re: A Skillful Method to Ensure Rebirth into Western Pure Land

Postby Kaji » Thu Sep 27, 2012 4:12 am

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Postby Kaji » Tue Oct 02, 2012 4:34 am

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Re: A Skillful Method to Ensure Rebirth into Western Pure Land

Postby cj39 » Mon Dec 10, 2012 3:01 am

I can't say I have had perfect success but this experiment has been far from a failure. I managed to (mostly) learn the kanji for the nembutsu, dabbled with a few other scripts but I write it a few times as the last thing to do before going to bed and again upon waking up. It has mixed in with my morning dreams and I find myself nembutsing in them. Morning before last I dreamed I was in the borderland which looked suspiciously like Florida :thinking:

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Re: A Skillful Method to Ensure Rebirth into Western Pure Land

Postby Kaji » Tue Dec 11, 2012 7:54 am

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Re: A Skillful Method to Ensure Rebirth into Western Pure Land

Postby Illuminaughty » Tue Dec 11, 2012 10:45 pm

I usually recite nembutsu whenever I have a lucid dream. For some reason the last time I did it a wave of fear passed over me though. I wonder if thats a bad sign? I flew through the wall of my house. It turned dark like it was going to storm and then I felt anxiety.

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