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The Amitabha Sutra - This Evil World of the Five Corruptions

Know then that in the midst of this evil world of the Five Corruptions, I am able to carry out this difficult task, attain Supreme, Perfect Enlightenment, and expound the Pure Land teaching, which is so hard for beings in all worlds to believe. This is indeed most difficult!



This Dharma door, the Pure Land teaching, is “so hard for beings in all worlds to believe” because it allows us to attain buddhahood by mindfully chanting the buddha-name.


That’s it. From the moment we begin to practice until the moment we are born in the Western Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss, we chant Amitabha Buddha’s name. Incredibly simple. Unimaginably powerful.


This combination of being simple and yet completely effective is a formula that most people find exceedingly hard to believe. And thus Sakyamuni Buddha tells us that to teach the Pure Land method is indeed most difficult.



— Chapter 46, "Pure Mind, Compassionate Heart: Lessons from the Amitabha Sutra", Venerable Wuling


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