an important component of Pure Land Buddhism. However Wisdom
or Mind also plays a crucial, if less visible role. This interrelationship
is clearly illustrated in the Meditation Sutra:
sinner, guilty of matricide and parricide, etc. may still
achieve rebirth in the Pure Land if, on the verge of death,
he recites the Buddha's name one to ten times with utmost
faith and sincerity.
This passage can be understood at two levels.
At the level of everyday life, just as the worst criminal once genuinely
reformed is no longer a threat to society and may be pardoned, the
sinner once truly repent may, through the Vow-power of Amitabha
Buddha, achieve rebirth in the Pure Land - albeit at the lowest
Thus Pure Land offers hope to everyone; yet
at the same time, the law of Cause and effect remains valid.
Therefore, once the sinner repents and recites
the Buddha's name with utmost sincerity and one pointedness of mind,
for that moment he becomes an awakened person silently merging into
the stream of the Sages - Can Enlightenment and Buddhahood then
be that far away? As the Meditation Sutra states: "the Land
of Amitabha Buddha is not far from here!"