The Origins of the Amitabha Buddhist Societies

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Empathising with the suffering of all sentient beings, the Buddha came to our world to teach people how to transcend both that suffering, and the cycle of birth and death. His goal was to enable all beings to understand his teachings and to, thus, become enlightened. In our Dharma Ending Age, our strong negative karma is creating many obstacles to our practice. Lacking wisdom and good fortune, it is extremely difficult for us to find a good teacher who can guide us and properly explain the Buddha¡¦s teachings. Knowing this, the Buddha taught a special method for the beings of our time - the Pure Land method.

Ten Great Vows

Ten Great Vows

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The fifth of the Five Guidelines is the Ten Great Vows of Samantabhadra in the Avatamsaka Sutra. These vows lead to the attainment of Buddhahood and are the practice of the highest-level bodhisattvas who have freed themselves f-rom delusion. The Ten Great Vows are to:

Six Paramitas

Six Paramitas

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To interact successfully with others, the Buddha taught us the Six Paramitas. The fourth of the Five Guidelines, the paramitas are the practices of bodhisattvas, awakened beings who are dedicated to helping all other beings. The Six Paramitas are:

Three Fold Learning

Three Fold Learning

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To counteract the major illnesses of the people in our world and time, the Buddha taught: * Moral self-discipline * Meditative concentration * Innate wisdom

The Six Harmonies

The Six Harmonies

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The Six Harmonies tell us how to get along in groups, especially in a sangha, which is a group of four or more people who practice together. As the Six Harmonies are the basic rules for group cultivation, a sangha, whether lay or monastic, needs to strive to follow them.

Three Conditions

Three Conditions

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The first of the Five Guidelines is the Three Conditions, which were related by the Buddha in the Visualization Sutra. He explained that the Three Conditions were the true causes of pure karma for all Buddhas of the past, present, and future.

Ten Recitation Method

Ten Recitation Method

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This simple, convenient, and effective way to practice Buddha name chanting is especially suitable for those who find that they have little time for cultivation. The chanting helps us to be mindful of Amitabha Buddha and, thus, even in the midst of a busy day can bring us a few moments of calm.

Three Refuges

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THREE REFUGES At some point in our learning and practice, we will likely wish to formally commit ourselves to the Buddhist path. To do this, we take refuge in the Three Jewels of the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. When we do so, we are not taking refuge in someone or something outside of ourselves.

Five Guidelines

Five Guidelines

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We begin our practice with the first principle of the Three Conditions and gradually progress f-rom there. Progressing thus enables us to lay a solid foundation for the Three Conditions are the basis for individual cultivation whe-reas the Six Harmonies are the basis for group cultivation.

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