283 Thousands of Dharma Vessels, Words of Liberation

Author:Sheng-yen Lu

Publisher:True Buddha Prajna Treasury

Publication Date:2021/05/13


Suitable for ages :All ages

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Living Buddha Lian-sheng Sheng-yen Lu
Book 283
Thousands of Dharma Vessels

The period from 2020 to 2021 to … was the most turbulent time in my life. The COVID-19 pandemic created havoc across the globe. The chaos it caused completely turned daily life upside down.

Since the start of the pandemic, I, Sheng-yen Lu, cultivated a bardo deliverance practice every night at South Mountain Retreat in Raymond, Washington. The practice was primarily to deliver the death of COVID-19.

This was how I practiced:
In the Dharma throne, my mind and qi were merged. My principal deity appeared and blessed me with the three lights. I transformed into the principal deity. Amitabha was I and I was Amitabha. We were one and the same.

My right hand formed Dharma Discourse Mudra, and the left hand, Wish-fulfilling Mudra. From the open palm of the Wish-fulfilling Mudra, a golden Dharma vessel slid down waiting to sail.

The wind enlarged the vessel which then transformed into ten, a hundred, and a thousand vessels. On the ocean, the sight of a thousand vessels was spectacular.

At this moment, my three principal deities appeared in the void. With the mighty divine power of the king of the celestials, the ten powers of the king of tathagatas, and the great Dharma power of the vows of the king of the earth, the deities summoned the bardos of the deceased to ride the Dharma vessels. (Bardos transformed to points of light.)

Pure lights shone over the bardos whose body and mind were then purified. The supernatural power enabled the Dharma vessels to fly up from the ocean surface to the void. Through the guidance of the three principal deities, the thousand vessels navigated to the Western Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss, the pure land of Amitabha.

I recited “Na-mo san-shi-liu-wan-yi yi-shi-yi-wan jiu-qian-wu-bai tong-ming-tong-hao ah-mi-tuo-fo.” [Namo the 36 trillion 119 thousand and 500 Amitabha Buddhas] and the mantra of “Om, ah-mee-deh-wah-seh.”

I then dedicated the merit: “May all who uphold the name of Amitabha Buddha
Be born together in the Pure Land of His Western Paradise.
Repaying the Fourfold Generosity from above,
And aiding those who suffer in the Three Paths below.
Upon seeing the Buddha,
May I be liberated from the cycle of birth and death,
And may I develop the qualities of Buddhahood,
And thus free all who suffer.”

Following the dedication, I entered samadhi. Upon emerging from samadhi, I heard a voice telling me, “The title of your next book is Thousands of Dharma Vessels, as deliverance boats are constantly sent out from the bitter sea.” This inspired me to name my 283rd book, Thousands of Dharma Vessels.

This book is filled with Dharma words of liberation. Good deed! Good deed! May this book enrich your mind.

Contact Sheng-yen Lu
17102 NE 40th Ct.,
Redmond WA 98052
Feb. 2021

Translated by TBTTs
Translator: DJ Chang
Editor: Shelley Higgins

Book 283, Thousands of Dharma Vessels, Chinese Versions Released on May 13, 2021
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