mr. gordo wrote:I don't know Chinese, but I came across this one too:
Following is an interesting recording of a Buddhist who could foretell the exact day and exact time Amitabha would be coming to fetch him to Pureland. He informed his master and his master held prayers for 7 days till his very last breath. Hundreds of devotees witnessed his departure on the exact day and exact time he foretold.
If anyone could assist in translating the pertinent parts, that would be great.
This was happened in Si Chuan, China. There was a Buddhist ( his name was Wei Guo Shiang) . He foretold his own death date and time( he said Buddha told him he would passed away on month 2, date 5 and year 2003 of the chinese calender.
Upasika( Buddhist lay people)Wei Guo Shiang was born in 4/4/1927 (chinese calender). He accept the Buddist Precept in 1997, and after 6 years of Buddhist practice, he was born in Pureland on 2/5/2003 (chinese calender).
This video recall him as someone after studying buddhism more deeply in 1997, developed a more compassion to others. Further he often printed Sutras(Teaching of Buddhas).
Wei Guo Shiang after learning he got cancer, he devoted all his time reciting Amitabha Buddha's names, with the purpose of rebirth in Pureland(Nirwana) of Amitabha Buddha. From that time on he gave up all worldly pursue.
On 1/25/2003( chinese calender),11 days befor he departed this world, he told a monk that while he was reciting Buddhas' names, Buddha told him, his end was near and Buddha would fetch him on 2/5/2003 at 12 pm (chinese calender). This monk and others at the temple were happy hearing this news, so the monk decided to conduct 7 days farewell ceremony for him or 7 days of buddha dharma prayer session.The monk further said on the last day( on the seventh day, that was on 2/5/2003 at 12 pm) then he could departed this world.The ceremony would start from 1/29/2003 to 2/5/2003 (chinese calender).And as you watch the video, they conducted 7 days ceremony and all were recorded alive. And on the seventh day( 2/5/2003, at 12 pm), Wei Guo Shiang really departerd this world and this event was recorded alive on the camera and thousands people were there as the witnesses.
On the last day before Wei Guo Shiang departed this world, he sat comfortably in the chair ,bid farewell to Buddhist followers and thanks them and departed this world while reciting Buddha's names at 12 pm, 2/5/2003.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pureland_BuddhismPractitioners claim there is evidence of dying people going to the pure land, such as:
Knowing the time of death (預知時至): some prepare by bathing and reciting the name of the Buddha Amitabha.
The "Three Saints of the West" (西方三聖): Amitābha Buddha and the two bodhisattvas, Avalokiteśvara on his right and Mahāsthāmaprāpta on his left, appear and welcome the dying person. Visions of other buddhas or bodhisattvas are disregarded as they may be bad spirits disguising themselves, attempting to stop the person from entering the Pure Land.
Records of practicing Pure Land Buddhists who have died have been known to leave śarīrā, or relics, after cremation.
The last part of the body to become cold is the top of the head (posterior fontanelle). In Buddhist teaching, souls who enter the Pure Land leave the body through the fontanelle at the top of the skull. Hence, this part of the body stays warmer longer than the rest of the body. The Verses on the Structure of the Eight Consciousnesses (八識規矩補註), reads: "to birth in saints the last body temperature in top of head, to deva in eyes, to human in heart, to hungry ghosts in belly, to animals in knee cap, to the hells-realm in sole of feet." See also: phowa.
The dying person may demonstrate some, but not necessarily all, of these evidences. For example, his facial expression may be happy, but he may not demonstrate other signs, such as sharira and dreams.
Few buddhist also have practiced the harder Pratyutpanna samadhi.
The practice Fudaraku Tokai (補陀落渡海) in ancient Japan is viewed as religious suicide and is not practiced today.
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