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Please do not procrastinate when you like to practise Pure Land
When you learn about Pure Land (also called Pure Land Buddhism) you know that Pure Land is the best system in the universe. Because only by this system, you can become a Buddha in just one life time or much less. There is a problem for most people who like to practise Pure Land. The problem is procrastination! You already have a firm belief about Pure Land when you learn and view Pure Land videos of real Pure Land practitioners in this website. You should make one or more great vows why you'd like to reborn in Pure Land. A great vow can be as simple as: "Dear Amitabha Buddha, I'd like to be reborn in Pure Land and cultivate more to become a Buddha. As I become a Buddha, I will begin to save countless sentient-beings and do what a Buddha do. Dear Amitabha Buddha, I already made my great vow, I already had a firm belief in Pure Land, from now on I will begin to recite your name many times to be reborn in your Pure Land." This great vow sounds simple but a Buddha has lots of tasks and responsibilities because of his vows. Don't worry because Buddha has all kinds of powers and all kinds of abilities. This great vow is meaningful and is the most simplest vow that you can make to reborn in Pure Land. After making that vow I recite Amitabha Buddha's name about 10,000 times every day, that includes the times I recite Amitabha Buddha's name before the altar.
You should recite Amitabha Buddha's name about 10,000 times or more too to make sure you will be reborn in the Pure Land. Don't worry because 10,000 times of Amitabha Buddha's name recitation is not much if it becomes your habit and if you have a Buddhist rosary. A Buddhist rosary has 108 beads and when you finish recite Amitabha Buddha's name of one circle of the rosary, you recite Amitabha Buddha's name 108 times. Many Pure Land Patriarchs recite Amitabha Buddha's names as much as 30,000 times or more in a day. You don't need to recite Buddha's name that much because you have other things to do. You only need to recite Amitabha Buddha's name 10,000 times or more a day. Buddhist Hai Tinh made a survey of all the people who were reborn in Pure Land and most of them recite Amitabha Buddha's name about 10,000 times or more in a day. Most of these people were reborn in Pure Land in 2 years or less except for people who still has important Dharma to teach.
Three factors Faith, Vow and Practice are the cornerstones of Pure Land Buddhism. Faith is having firm belief in Pure Land: 48 Great vows of Amitabha Buddha is real, teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha is real, Pure Land of Amitabha Buddha is real. Vow is one or more great vows that you should make before the altar or small Amitabha Buddha statue why you want to reborn in Pure Land. The word "reborn" is a Buddhist word. It means to be born in Pure Land. You can reborn in Pure Land even if you are never born in Pure Land before. Practice is reciting Amitabha Buddha's name often until you reborn in Pure Land. If you miss one of these three factors, you can't reborn in Pure Land! Practice or reciting Amitabha Buddha's name is the most important one of three factors that you should do to make sure that you will reborn in Pure Land. You shouldn't recite less because that indicate you don't have a will or an ambition to reborn in Pure Land. When you don't have a will or an ambition to reborn in Pure Land it will take longer time or it MAY take longer time for you to reborn in Pure Land. I say the word "may" because like Mahasthamaprata Bodhisattva (Great Strength Bodhisattva) preached when She was a great buddhist monk in this world before: "Even if you know that one saying of Amitabha Buddha's name is enough, but you should try to recite His name many times. When you believe that with one saying of Amitabha Buddha's name, you can be reborn in Pure Land, but you should recite His name all your life." Mahasthamaprata Bodhisattva had a transformation body as a Pure Land Patriarch before and his name was Dharma Master Phap Nhien Thuong Nhan. Phap Nhien Thuong Nhan is how his name should sound in Vietnamese and I don't know his name is English.
You shouldn't delay, put off or procrastinate to practise Pure Land. Because no one is certain to be alive in the next hour. Many people who are over 40 years old said that they are not certain to be alive next week. Shakyamuni Buddha preached "A human being life can last only a breath. If he or she breath in but not breath out, he or she pass away." Shakyamuni Buddha also preached "A person can pass away any time." When you know about impermanence you understand what Buddha preached. There is a well-known buddhist poet said:
"Don't wait until you are old to practise Pure Land,
In the cemetery there are many people pass away when they are still young."
There is a true story that many buddhists know. The story is about a great buddhist Monk had a good old friend. He advised his friend should practise Pure Land right away because impermanence could happen any time. He meant that his old friend could pass away any time when this old friend didn't practise Pure Land yet. The old friend promised the Monk that he would practise Pure Land when he completed three things: First thing was to marry a son-in-law for his daughter, next thing was to marry a daughter-in-law for his son and one last thing he needed to do. I forget about this last thing of his and I will let you know later. The Monk advised his old friend (actually the Monk was old too but he was practising Pure Land) that this was not a good idea for his friend because he could never have an opportunity to practise Pure Land. Because of loving his children and didn't know about impermanence, this old friend still procrastinated and didn't practise Pure Land yet. Unfortunately, he passed away before he had an opportunity to practise Pure Land! In his death ceremony, the Monk attended to pay his last respect to his friend. He made a poem like this to give his friend:
"I advised you should practise Pure Land right away,
You didn't listen to me and promised to do that after fulfilling your three wishes,
When you hadn't fulfilled your three wishes yet but impermanence happened,
King Yama didn't respect me!"
King Yama respects the Monk but his friend passed away because of the law of karma.
When visiting this earth and looking at what human beings are doing, Buddhas and Bodhisattvas think: "What a pity! Most of human beings don't cultivate enough for themselves. Any of human beings who don't practise Pure Land are unfortunate ones." What Buddhas and Bodhisattvas think are true and you know I don't tell a lie. I extract these words from a Sutra. I told my friends about these words and I put these words in my Vietnamese Buddhist websites. These websites are visited by buddhists, Pure Land practitioners, Pure Land buddhists, buddhist Saints, buddhist Monks, Zen Masters, Dharma Masters, etc. Without practising Pure Land, you can't end reincarnation. Without practising Pure Land, you can't get out of cycles of life and death. If you understand what I have explained so far, you shouldn't procrastinate to practise Pure Land. May you have wisdom and practise Pure Land as soon as you can. Namo Amitabha Buddha.