Wednesday, 22 July 2015

What's the meaning of "Amituofo"? 「阿彌陀佛」是什麼意思?

Q: What's the meaning of "Amituofo"?

A: The meaning of Amituofo is infinite life and infinite light.
It is infinite life because Amituofo can receive infinite sentient beings universally in the endless long river of time; it is infinite light because Amituofo can take care of endless sentient beings in the sea of bitterness with infinite wisdom and immeasurable compassion.

When we recite Buddha's name, our mind will correspond to compassion and wisdom, i.e, the infinite light of Amituofo; our mind will never separate with wisdom and compassion as well as the name of Amituofo, that's also infinite life.

teaching by Venerable Master Sheng Yen


問:「阿彌陀佛」是什麼意思?

答:阿彌陀佛的意思是無量壽、無量光,是無量的壽命和無量的光明。阿彌陀佛能在無盡的時間長河中,普遍接引無量的眾生,故名無量壽;能以無邊的智慧和無比的慈悲,照顧無窮的苦海眾生,故名無量光。

我們念佛的時候,心中就和慈悲與智慧相應,也就是跟阿彌陀佛的無量光相應;我們的心永遠不離開智慧和慈悲,我們的心也永遠不離開阿彌陀佛的佛號,這也是無量壽。

---本文摘自聖嚴法師《念佛生淨土》一書