Bodhisattva Mahasthamaprapta – Mindful of Buddha 大勢至菩薩念佛圓通章

From the Suramgama Sutra:

Mahasthamaprapta, a son of the king of Dharma, with those of the same standing, together fifty-two Bodhisattvas, presently rose from his seat, paid reverence with his head at the feet of the Buddha, and said to the Buddha:

“I recall, in the distant past, innumerable kalpas as the sands of the River Ganges ago, there was a Buddha appearing in this world called Amitabha (Infinite Light / Infinite Life). Twelve Tathagatas appeared successively in that same kalpa. The last Buddha was called ‘Buddha of Light Outshining Sun and Moon.’ This Buddha taught me the Samadhi by mindfulness of Buddha.

Suppose there are two people. If the former always remembers the latter while the latter always forgets the former, then two such people may come upon but not really meet one another, and may see but not actually recognize each other. On the other hand, if two people remember each other, and their mutual remembrance and thoughts continue to deepen in this manner, then even from lifetime to lifetime, like a form and its shadow, they will never be in discordance or apart.

The Tathagatas of the ten directions have compassion and thoughts for sentient beings just like the way a mother thinks of her son. If the son runs away, for what use will be the thoughts of him? But if the son also thinks of his mother in the same manner that she thinks of him, then mother and son, through an entire lifetime, will neither be facing away nor far from each other.

If the mind of a sentient being remembers and thinks of the Buddha, then either in the immediate present or in the future he will definitely see the Buddha; he will not be far from the Buddha. Thus, without relying on any other means, his mind will be enlightened. He is like a man perfumed by incense — his body gives off fragrance. This is so called ‘adorned with and glorified by (Buddha’s) fragrance and light.’

Originally, in the realm of karmic cause, it is with a mind engaged in mindfulness of Buddha that I have entered into the state of clear cognition of non-origination of all existence. Now in this world, I embrace all those who practice mindfulness of Buddha and guide them toward the Pure Land. As the Buddha inquires about the best means of perfect realization, I do not choose among the sense faculties, but recommend simultaneously controlling all six senses and having continuous and succeeding pure thoughts in order to attain Samadhi. This is the first and foremost method.”

 

大势至法王子.与其同伦五十二菩萨.即从座起.顶礼佛足.而白佛言:「我忆往昔恒河沙劫.有佛出世.名无量光。十二如来.相继一劫.其最後佛名超日月光.彼佛教我念佛三昧。譬如有人.一专为忆.一人专忘.如是二人.若逢不逢.或见非见。二人相忆.二忆念深。如是乃至从生至生.同於形影.不相乖异。十方如来怜念众生.如母忆子。若子逃逝.虽忆何为。子若忆母如母忆时.母子历生不相违远。若众生心忆佛、念佛.现前、当来必定见佛.去佛不远.不假方便自得心开.如染香人.身有香气.此则名曰香光庄严。我本因地以念佛心.入无生忍。今於此界.摄念佛人归於净土。佛问圆通.我无选择.都摄六根.净念相继.得三摩地.斯为第一。」

Comments

10 Comments

  1. Anonymous says:
    Posted April 11, 2013 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    這大勢至菩薩畫的非常莊嚴,令人生歡喜心,真是太美好了!

  2. Anonymous says:
    Posted April 11, 2013 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    名子不可得

  3. Anonymous says:
    Posted April 11, 2013 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    不尊敬菩薩與佛陀!

  4. Anonymous says:
    Posted April 11, 2013 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    菩薩的名字是佛陀因因緣而取的名字,怎麼可以亂打呢?

  5. Anonymous says:
    Posted April 11, 2013 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    南無大勢字菩薩

  6. Anonymous says:
    Posted April 11, 2013 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    南無阿彌陀佛

  7. Anonymous says:
    Posted April 11, 2013 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

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    南無阿彌陀佛

  8. Anonymous says:
    Posted April 11, 2013 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    阿弥陀佛

  9. Anonymous says:
    Posted April 11, 2013 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    OM AH HUNG

  10. Anonymous says:
    Posted April 11, 2013 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    Thanks kindly for uploading this.


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