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Who is Amitabha?

Who is Amitabha?

A talk given at the Vimalakirti Buddhist Centre in Singapore.

  • The Amitabha practice immerses you in the Buddhist teachings
  • Pure land practice can be understood on two levels—transcendental and conventional
  • Understanding who Amitabha is and what his pure land is
  • Meditating on Amitabha’s qualities and image
  • Three factors needed to be reborn in Sukhāvatī
  • Three qualities required to be reborn in Amitabha’s pure land
  • Doing the Amitabha practice by chanting
  • Questions
    • Can one reach the pure land at any moment with sincere chanting?
    • How can I change my daily behavior to become more like a Buddha?
    • How can we practice patience with our family?
    • How do we investigate our thoughts without using words?

Who is Amitabha? (download)

Venerable Thubten Chodron

Venerable Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1977 by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan. Read her full bio.