obtaining virtue


The Buddha said to Maitreya, “If here in this world you are upright in thought and will, and abstain from doing evil, then you will attain the utmost virtue, unsurpassed in all the lands throughout the ten quarters.

Why is this so? 

Devas and humans in the Buddha-lands naturally do good and rarely commit evil, and so, it is easy to teach and train them.  Having become a Buddha in this world, I now dwell in the midst of the five evils, the five sufferings, and the five burnings.  This is extremely painful for me.

Buddha_Amitayus

I will teach multitudes of beings, making them abandon the five evils, avoid the five sufferings, and escape from the five burnings.  I will train their minds and lead them to practice the five good deeds, so that they may acquire merit and virtue and attain emancipation, long life, and Nirvana.”

Roots of virtue:

“In this world, you should extensively plant roots of virtue, be benevolent, give generously, abstain from breaking the precepts, be patient and diligent, teach people with sincerity and wisdom, do virtuous deeds, and practice good.

If you strictly observe the precepts of abstinence with upright thought and mindfulness even for a day and a night, the merit acquired will surpass that of practicing good in the land of Amitayus for a hundred years.  The reason is that in that Buddha-land of effortless spontaneity all the inhabitants do good without committing even a hair’s breadth of evil.

If in this world you do good for ten days and nights, the merit acquired will surpass that of practicing good in the Buddha-land of other quarters for a thousand years.

The reason is that in the Buddha-land of other quarters many practice good and very few commit evil.  They are lands where everything is naturally provided as a result of one’s merit and virtue, and so no evil is done.

But in this world much evil is committed, and few are provided for naturally; people must work hard to get what they want.  Since they intend to deceive each other, their minds are troubled, their bodies exhausted, and they drink bitterness and eat hardship.  In this way, they are preoccupied with their toil [and don’t] have time for rest.

The Challenge:

  1. One day – The merit acquired for planting roots of virtue for a day, will surpass those practicing good in the land of Amitayus for a hundred years.
  2. Ten days – The merit acquired for planting roots of virtue for ten days, the merit acquired will surpass that of practicing good in the Buddha-land of other quarters for a thousand years.

To learn more about Amitayus: Infinite Life Sutra

To watch the Chinese video: Amitayus Infinite Life sutra

Many Blessings!
Neo

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