All the suffering in the
world arises out of wanting
happiness for self. All happiness in the
world arises out of wanting happiness for others.
I read the Flower Adornment Sutra and upon carefully reading the chapter about the Ten Grounds, I suddenly understood. It said that, “from the beginning to the end, the Ten Ground Bodhisattvas have always practiced mindfulness of the Buddha”. I then realized that the Bodhisattvas, from the first to the tenth ground and the level of equal enlightenment, all practiced the Buddha Name Chanting Method. And I also came to understand that “Chanting the Buddha’s name is the cause and attaining Buddhahood is the effect”. Many Bodhisattvas were not aware of this, which is why Buddha Shakyamuni explained it in this sutra. It was their firm belief in the above statement that led Great Wisdom Bodhisattva, Universal Worthy Bodhisattva and Sudhana to vow to be born into the Pure Land. -- Ven.Master Chin Kung --
awesome event is death, and death comes to all without regard to wealth, beauty, intelligence or fame.
Death is inevitable, but how you die—terrified and confused, or with confidence and spiritual
mastery—is within your control.