Copyright © 2003 James Deacon
"Homage to the Buddha of Infinite Light and Life"
Butsu, or Amida Nyorai as he is called in Mikkyo (esoteric) practice,
is the Buddha of Infinite Light & Life.
is believed that Spiritual Peace of Mind and salvation are to
be achieved by relying on his power.
Nembutsu or mantra of Amida: "namu amida butsu"
is used widely in Japanese Buddhism and is of core significance
in Jodoshu (Pure Land sect) Buddhism.
should chant the Nembutsu until a state single-minded focus and
concentration is achieved.
The Nembutsu is said to generate great merit and great compassion,
and to produce untold benefits including the sharpening one's
powers of concentration.
By the Grace of Amida, the Nembutsu brings
Spiritual Peace of Mind ('Spiritual Composure') to the individual
reciting the mantra, or to any other being to whom the recitor
chooses to 'transfer' this merit.
is said that chanting the Nembutsu at the time of ones own death
is the simplest method of ensuring rebirth in the Western Pure
Land - the 'heaven' or spiritual domain of Amida Butsu.