Contemplation Sutra with illustrations from the Taima Mandala

 

CONTENTS

 

(1-4) Preface, imprisonment of King Bimbisara and Queen Vaidehi, and Shakyamuni's appearance before Vaidehi;

 

(5-8) Vaidehi wished to be born in the Pure Land and the Buddha taught how one can be born there;

 

(9-15) Contemplation of the setting sun, water, ground, trees, ponds, various objects, and the lotus throne;

 

(16-21) Contemplation of the image of Amida, Amida himself, Avalokiteshvara (Kannon), Mahasthamaprapta (Seishi), the aspirants themselves, and Amida and the two bodhisattvas;

 

(22-24) Aspirants of the three levels of the highest grade;

 

(25-27) Aspirants of the three levels of the middle grade;

 

(28-30) Aspirants of the three levels of the lowest grade;

 

(31-33) Benefits gained by the audience, names of this sutra, and epilog.