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【The benefits of relying on the teacher】
【Bodhisattvas who bring to mind their teachers will fulfill all of their aims.】
Not only should you have no doubt, you must bring [the Teacher] to mind in your thoughts. "Bring to mind" would mean that in your thoughts, you take the initiative. You constantly think this: ah, you must never be separated from the excellent teacher! You must never be separated from the excellent teacher! What is our state of mind in general? We are in an ethically neutral state. This is the time that you should actually strive! This is why it is called "reflecting." That is in your mind, you frequently think this: ah! I must rely on an excellent teacher. If you think of the excellent teacher like the Amitabha Buddha, that's when you will say, "Namo Amitabha Buddha." Therefore, "Namo" has a special meaning to it! If in your mind, you do feel that you wholeheartedly rely and take refuge in the Amitabha Buddha - if you already have this intent, then it would be alright not to say the word "Namo." But if you do not yet have this, then you will want to add the word "Namo." That would constitute "bring to mind their Teachers."
If you can diligently practice in this way, the Amitabha Buddha is in this world. You do not need to go to the Pure Land. You need not have to wait a few more decades, you will experience it now. Why? No Buddha is an exception. Every Buddha's path is the same. Just like our Shakyamuni Buddha, "The Vairocana Buddha is everywhere. Where He resides is the realm of eternal rest and light." This has been said very clearly! What place is not included in this? Our Shakyamuni Buddha, is present. The Amitabha Buddha, is also present. It is only because the doubts in our minds have not been eliminated that we are far removed from them.