The Larger Sukhavativyuha Sutra

The Sutra on the Buddha of Eternal Life
Translated from the Sanskrit by F. M. Mueller, edited by R. St. Clair
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The Larger Sukhavativyuha is the longest of the three basic Sutras of the Pure Land School. It starts with a monk called Dharmakara, who practiced Buddhist Dharma under Tathagata Lokesvararaja. The monk made 48 great vows to save all sentient beings. Upon the fulfilment of these vows, he would create a Pure Land in the west called Sukhavati, which literally means the Land of Ultimate Bliss. He himself thus became the Buddha Amitabha. Amongst the 48 vows, the most important one is that, those who recite the name Amitabha singlmindedly will be reborn in Sukhavati after death and there become the Buddhas. The Sutra also states, in details, what the beings and the world in Sukhavati are different from ours, and different types of rebirth to Sukhavati for different levels of beings, etc.

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