What is the meaning of NAMO AMITUOFO (Namo Amitabha) chant?

What is the meaning of NAMO AMITUOFO (Namo Amitabha) chant

Amitabha is a celestial buddha described in the ancient scriptures of the Mahayana school of Buddhism.

The Sanskrit word ”Amitabha” literally translates as ”boundless life” or ”boundless light.” The two words “Amita Buddha” are inconceivable, and within the Buddhadharma, He is a “great Dharma King.” He is also the Buddha in the Land of Ultimate Bliss (Pure Land), in which all beings enjoy unbounded happiness.

According to the Mahayana Sutra of Immeasurable Life, Amitabha Buddha was, in very ancient times and perhaps in another system of worlds, a monk named Dharmakara.

In some versions of the Mahayana sutra, Dharmakara is described as a former king who, having come into contact with the Buddhist sacred teachings through the Lokesvararaja Buddha (the 53rd Buddha in the history of existence), renounced his throne.

Amitabha Buddha’s unsurpassable forty-eight vows were generated slowly during Dharmakara’s hundred billion years of study and five eons of cultivation.

He perfected all that he learned from his cultivation and study of the Buddhaland in the 10 directions to create the ideal land without any negative elements.

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Buddha Amitabha mantra meaning:

The word “Namo” is a transliteration from Sanskrit, an ancient Indian language. It signifies ”to take refuge.”

This does not mean that we take refuge with the Three Jewels (Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha) but rather that we return and rely on the Three Jewels.

The word “Amituofo” is also a transliteration from Sanskrit, translating as ”infinite wisdom” or ”infinite life.” Therefore, this chant translates as ”to turn around and rely upon the infinite awakening.”

In Japanese, it means “Namu Amida Butsu”. In Chinese, this mantra is “Namo Amituofo” or “Namo Omito-Fo.”

Moreover, ”Amituofo” is most usually heard as a salutation among Shaolin monks.

In greeting and taking leave, individuals join their palms in front of the chest and, with a slight bow toward one another, say ”Amituofo.”

Chanting Namo Amitabha (Namo Amituofo) mantra benefits:  

”One who would mindfully chant “Amituofo” will be reborn in the Western Pure Land. When a being is truly awakened, one will mindfully chant “Amituofo”; one will not be interested in any kind of pleasure or glory of this world.

This individual is only interested in according to conditions and honestly chanting “Amituofo.” Only a truly awakened person can do this.” – Ven. Master Chin Kung

The purpose of saying this mantra while visualizing Amitabha Buddha is to help clear away the deluded energy of attachment and passion from our minds. If this is accomplished, we can live with more kindness, happiness, joy, and unconditional love for ourselves as well as all sentient beings.

Moreover, chanting the mantra will calm the mind because if you are doing it rightly, you will be very focused on the reciting itself and finally there will be no space for negative emotions.

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