Illustrations from the Amida Sutra Mandala
|Why this sutra is called 'Praise of the Inconceivable
 "Shariputra, why do you think this
teaching is called 'the Sutra of Protection
by All Buddhas'? Shariputra, all good men
and women who hear the Name of Amida Buddha
expounded by all the Buddhas and the name
of this sutra1) are protected by all the Buddhas and dwell
in the Stage of Non-retrogression for realizing
the highest, perfect Enlightenment. This
is why, Shariputra, you should accept my
words and the teachings of all the Buddhas.
"Shariputra, those who have already
aspired, now aspire or in the future will
aspire to be born in Amida Buddha's land,
all dwell in the Stage of Non-retrogression
for realizing the highest, perfect Enlightenment.
They have already been born, are now being
born, or will be born in that land. Hence,
Shariputra, good men and women of faith should
aspire to birth there.
[Note 1] The Taisho Tripitaka edition reads: all
good men and women who hear this sutra and
hold fast to it and also those who hear the
names of those Buddhas.
Meritorious acts encouraged to attain birth
in the Pure Land.
|Praise of Shakyamuni's virtue by all the
 "Shariputra, just as I now praise the
inconceivable virtue of other Buddhas, they
also praise my inconceivable virtue, saying,
'Shakyamuni Buddha, you have accomplished
an extremely difficult and unprecedented
task. In this Saha world, during the evil
period of the five defilements -- those of
time, views, passions, sentient beings, and
life-span -- you have attained the highest,
perfect Enlightenment and, for the sake of
sentient beings, have delivered this teaching,
which is the most difficult in the world
to accept in faith.'
"Shariputra, you must realize that I
have accomplished this difficult task during
the period of the five defilements. That
is to say, having attained the highest, perfect
Enlightenment, I have, for the sake of all
the world, delivered this teaching, which
is so hard for them to accept. This is indeed
an extremely difficult task."
 When the Buddha delivered this sutra, Shariputra
and all the monks, together with beings of
the whole world, including devas, humans
and asuras, rejoiced at what they had heard
and reverently accepted it. Having worshiped
him, they departed.
End of the sutra; Shakyamuni attended by
Samantabhadra Bodhisattvas and others
The End of
The Sutra on Amida Buddha
delivered by Shakyamuni Buddha
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