|Shakyamuni Buddha teaching about Amida Buddha |
and his Pure Land
He also said in his Hymn of True Faith and the Nembutsu (Shoshinge):
Is, above all, to expound the Primal Vow of Amida, wide and deep as the ocean.
All beings in the evil age of the five defilements
Should believe in the truth of the Buddha's words.”
As soon as he had said this, Amitayus emitted a great light, which illuminated all the Buddha lands. The
Then the Buddha said to Ananda and Bodhisattva Maitreya, “Have you seen that land filled with excellent and glorious manifestations, all spontaneously produced, from the ground to the Heaven of Pure Abode?” Ananda replied, “Yes, I have.”
The Buddha asked, “Have you also heard the great voice of Amitayus expound the Dharma to all the worlds, guiding sentient beings to the Way of the Buddha?”
Ananda replied, “Yes, I have."