Dharmadhatu Visualization

Yutang Lin

First, present the offerings of incense, candle, water, etc., then stand facing the images of the Three Holinesses of the Western Pureland, i.e., Amitabha Buddha, Avalokitesvara and Mahasthanaprapta. Visualize as follows: The Three Holinesses are surrounded by the holy beings of the Western Pureland, and this assembly is in turn surrounded by all the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and holy beings of the Ten Directions and the Three Times of the past, present and future. They all look down with great Compassion upon the sentient beings in the six realms of transmigration.

On one’s right and left side stand one’s father and mother, respectively. One’s relatives, friends, creditors or foes of this or previous lives gather in front of oneself, while sentient beings in the six realms gather behind in the following order: hell beings, hungry ghosts, animals, human beings, asuras and heavenly beings. All of these beings stare up at the holy beings. The holy beings and the beings in transmigration are infinite in number and fill the whole Dharmadhatu.

Visualize that all sentient beings are simultaneously doing this practice with you, and that the holy beings, who are the objects of our veneration, are pleased to grant their blessings by reciting the sutras and the mantras with us.

Note that the above is the content of the "Preliminaries" section of my work, "Pureland Daily Practice." It is taken out as a file on its own so as to provide the English version for its Chinese counterpart.

July 16, 2006
El Cerrito, California

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