Amitayus Sutra, The Sutra of the Buddha of Long Life

In Tibetan Buddhism and medicine, there are two kinds of death. The first is natural death and the second is called "untimely" death. When we are born, based on our karma from previous lifetimes, we each have a maximum predetermined lifespan. When we live out that lifespan and die, that is natural death. If, due to disease, accident, or some other adventitious cause, we die before we have lived out our full karmically predetermined lifespan, this is untimely death. The good news is that, in Tibetan Buddhism and medicine, there are ways to increase our karmically predetermined lifespan. Some of these ways require very specific empowerment, oral transmission, and education, training, and intensive practice. Other methods can be done by anyone without empowerment, oral transmission, education, and prior intensive practice. For instance, one can save lives and promote the health and well-being of other sentient beings. Thus it is common in Mahayana Buddhist countries for both lay and ordained Buddhists to set free animals and fish who are destined to be killed or eaten. This is called tshe-thar in Tibetan, "life release."  

However, another method is to read and recite the following sutra called "The Sutra of Limitless Life." "Limitless Life" is the name of that form of Buddha Amitabha (Limitless Light) Who embodies limitless or eternal life. Because this is a sutra (as opposed to a tantra), it may be practiced by anyone. This sutra itself explains the wonderful benefits this practice can bestow. So, rather than my telling you how marvelous this practice is, I'll leave it to you to read it for yourself. Good luck & best wishes.  

Gya-gar ked-du: Arya Aparamita Ayur Jnana Nama Mahayana Sutra
Bod ked-du: Phag-pa Tshe-dang Ye-she Pag-tu Med-pa Zhe-ja-wa Theg-pa Chen-poi Do

I prostrate to all the Buddhas and Bodhisatvas.

Thus I have heard:

Once the Blessed One was dwelling in Shravasti in the contemplative garden of Anathapindada in the Jetavana Grove in one skillful device with a great Arya sangha of 1250 monks as well as a great number of Bodhisatva Mahasatvas. Then the Blessed One spoke to the youthful Manjushri:

"Manjushri, above there is a world called the Realm of Limitless Qualities. The Tathagata, the Blessed One, the fully Awakened Buddha called [Amitayus], Limitless Life and Primordial Wisdom, the Utterly True Victor of Brilliant and Intense Presence, is abiding there. He is a holder of life and has mastered the perfect state of longevity. He also teaches Dharma to sentient beings [there].

"Listen, youthful Manjushri. The human beings of Jambudvipa have a short life, living only to the age of 100. [Moreover,] among these, almost all experience untimely death. Manjushri, any sentient being who offers flowers, incense, garlands, ornaments, and powdered incense to this class of Dharma called 'Completely Expressing Praise of the Qualities of the Tathagata, the Blessed One, Limitless Life and Primordial Wisdom' or who writes or causes others to write it, merely listens to [its] name, reads or keeps it in [their] house will be able to live another 100 years -- even those who have completely finished their lifespan.

"Manjushri, the lifespan of any sentient being who hears the 108 names of Limitless Life and Primordial Wisdom, the Utterly True Victor of Brilliant and Intense Presence, will be increased. Those sentient beings whose lifespan is nearly exhausted, by keeping this holy name, their life will be increased. Manushri, because it is so, the good qualities of any son or daughter of the [noble] Family who, desiring a long life, either

hears the name of the Tathagata Limitless Life and Primordial Wisdom 108 times, who writes it, causes others to write it, or recites it, will be enhanced.

"OM NA-MO BHA-GA-WA-TE A-PA-RI-MI- TA A-YU-GYA-NA SU-VI-NI SID-DHA TE- DZO RA-DZA-Y A
TA-THA-GA-TA-YA

AR-HA-TE SAM-YAK-SAM-BUD-DHA-YA TAD-YA-THA
OM PUN-YE PUN-YE MA-HA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE

A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE
GYA-NA SAM-BHA RO-PA TSI-DE
OM SAR-WA SAM-SKA-RA PA-RI-SHU- DHA DHAR-MA-TE GA-GA-NA SAM-UD- GA-TE SW A-BHA-W A
BI-SHU-DHE MA-HA-NA-YA PA-RI-WAR- RE SO-HA

"Manjushri, the lifespan of anyone who writes, causes others to write, has made into scripture, or keeps in [their] home and reads the 108 names of [this] Tathagata will be increased 100 years from the end of their life. Further, when they transfer from this life, they will be born in such Buddha Fields as the world of the Realm of Limitless Qualities, [the Buddha Field] of the Tathagata Limitless Life and Primordial Wisdom.

"OM NA-MO BHA-GA-WA-TE A-PA-RI-MI- TA A-YU-GYA-NA SU-VI-NI SID-DHA TE- DZO RA-DZA-Y A
TA-THA-GA-TA-YA

AR-HA-TE SAM-Y AK-SAM-BUD-DHA-Y A TAD-YA-THA
OM PUN-YE PUN-YE MA-HA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE

GYA-NA SAM-BHA RO-PA TSI-DE
OM SAR-WA SAM-SKA-RA PA-RI-SHU- DHA DHAR-MA-TE GA-GA-NA SA-MUD- GA-TE SW A-BHA-W A
BI-SHU-DHE MA-HA-NA-YA PA-RI-WA-RE SO-HA"

Also at that time, with one Enlightened intention and in one voice, 990 million Buddhas recited this Sutra of Limitless Life and Primordial Wisdom.

The Arya Mahayana Sutra Limitless Life & Primordial Wisdom

"OM NA-MO BHA-GA-WA-TE A-PA-RI-MI- TA A-YU-GYA-NA SU-VI-NI SID-DHA TE- DZO RA-DZA-YA
TA-THA-GA-TA-YA

AR-HA-TE SAM-YAK-SAM-BUD-DHA-YA TAD-YA-THA
OM PUN-YE PUN-YE MA-HA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE

GYA-NA SAM-BHA RO-PA TSI-DE
OM SAR-WA SAM-SKA-RA PA-RI-SHU- DHA DHAR-MA-TE GA-GA-NA SA-MUD- GA-TE SWA-BHA-WA
BI-SHU-DHE MA-HA-NA-YA PA-RI-WA-RE SO-HA"

Again at that time, with one Enlightened intention and in one voice, 840 million Buddhas recited this Sutra of Limitless Life and Primordial Wisdom.

"OM NA-MO BHA-GA-WA-TE A-PA-RI-MI- TA A-YU-GYA-NA SU-VI-NI SID-DHA TE- DZO RA-DZA-YA
TA-THA-GA-TA-YA

AR-HA-TE SAM-YAK-SAM-BUD-DHA-YA TAD-YA-THA
OM PUN-YE PUN-YE MA-HA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE

GYA-NA SAM-BHA RO-PA TSI-DE
OM SAR-WA SAM-SKA-RA PA-RI-SHU- DHA DHAR-MA-TE GA-GA-NA SA-MUD- GA-TE SWA-BHA-WA
BI-SHU-DHE MA-HA-NA-YA PA-RI-WA-RE SO-HA"

Again at that time, with one Enlightened intention and in one voice, 770 million Buddhas recited this Sutra of Limitless Life and Primordial Wisdom.

"OM NA-MO BHA-GA-WA-TE A-PA-RI-MI- TA A-YU-GYA-NA SU-VI-NI SID-DHA TE- DZO RA-DZA-YA
TA-THA-GA-TA-YA

AR-HA-TE SAM-YAK-SAM-BUD-DHA-YA TAD-YA-THA
OM PUN-YE PUN-YE MA-HA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE

GYA-NA SAM-BHA RO-PA TSI-DE
OM SAR-WA SAM-SKA-RA PA-RI-SHU- DHA DHAR-MA-TE GA-GA-NA SA-MUD- GA-TE SWA-BHA-WA

BI-SHU-DHE MA-HA-NA-YA PA-RI-WA-RE SO-HA"

Again at that time, with one Enlightened intention and in one voice, 650 million Buddhas recited this Sutra of Limitless Life and Primordial Wisdom.

"OM NA-MO BHA-GA-WA-TE A-PA-RI-MI- TA A-YU-GYA-NA SU-VI-NI SID-DHA TE- DZO RA-DZA-YA
TA-THA-GA-TA-YA

AR-HA-TE SAM-YAK-SAM-BUD-DHA-YA TAD-YA-THA
OM PUN-YE PUN-YE MA-HA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE

GYA-NA SAM-BHA RO-PA TSI-DE
OM SAR-WA SAM-SKA-RA PA-RI-SHU- DHA DHAR-MA-TE GA-GA-NA SA-MUD- GA-TE SWA-BHA-WA
BI-SHU-DHE MA-HA-NA-YA PA-RI-WA-RE SO-HA"

Again at that time, with one Enlightened intention and in one voice, 550 million Buddhas recited this Sutra of Limitless Life and Primordial Wisdom.

"OM NA-MO BHA-GA-WA-TE A-PA-RI-MI- TA A-YU-GYA-NA SU-VI-NI SID-DHA TE- DZO RA-DZA-YA
TA-THA-GA-TA-YA

AR-HA-TE SAM-YAK-SAM-BUD-DHA-YA TAD-YA-THA
OM PUN-YE PUN-YE MA-HA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE

GYA-NA SAM-BHA RO-PA TSI-DE
OM SAR-WA SAM-SKA-RA PA-RI-SHU- DHA DHAR-MA-TE GA-GA-NA SA-MUD- GA-TE SWA-BHA-WA
BI-SHU-DHE MA-HA-NA-YA PA-RI-WA-RE SO-HA"

Again at that time, with one Enlightened intention and in one voice, 450 million Buddhas recited this Sutra of Limitless Life and Primordial Wisdom.

"OM NA-MO BHA-GA-WA-TE A-PA-RI-MI- TA A-YU-GYA-NA SU-VI-NI SID-DHA TE- DZO RA-DZA-YA
TA-THA-GA-TA-YA

AR-HA-TE SAM-YAK-SAM-BUD-DHA-YA

TAD-YA-THA
OM PUN-YE PUN-YE MA-HA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE
GYA-NA SAM-BHA RO-PA TSI-DE
OM SAR-WA SAM-SKA-RA PA-RI-SHU- DHA DHAR-MA-TE GA-GA-NA SA-MUD- GA-TE SWA-BHA-WA
BI-SHU-DHE MA-HA-NA-YA PA-RI-WA-RE SO-HA"

Again at that time, with one Enlightened intention and in one voice, 360 million Buddhas recited this Sutra of Limitless Life and Primordial Wisdom.

"OM NA-MO BHA-GA-WA-TE A-PA-RI-MI- TA A-YU-GYA-NA SU-VI-NI SID-DHA TE- DZO RA-DZA-YA
TA-THA-GA-TA-YA

AR-HA-TE SAM-YAK-SAM-BUD-DHA-YA TAD-YA-THA
OM PUN-YE PUN-YE MA-HA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE

GYA-NA SAM-BHA RO-PA TSI-DE
OM SAR-WA SAM-SKA-RA PA-RI-SHU- DHA DHAR-MA-TE GA-GA-NA SA-MUD- GA-TE SWA-BHA-WA
BI-SHU-DHE MA-HA-NA-YA PA-RI-WA-RE SO-HA"

Again at that time, with one Enlightened intention and in one voice, 250 million Buddhas recited this Sutra of Limitless Life and Primordial Wisdom.

"OM NA-MO BHA-GA-WA-TE A-PA-RI-MI- TA A-YU-GYA-NA SU-VI-NI SID-DHA TE- DZO RA-DZA-YA
TA-THA-GA-TA-YA

AR-HA-TE SAM-YAK-SAM-BUD-DHA-YA TAD-YA-THA
OM PUN-YE PUN-YE MA-HA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE

GYA-NA SAM-BHA RO-PA TSI-DE
OM SAR-WA SAM-SKA-RA PA-RI-SHU- DHA DHAR-MA-TE GA-GA-NA SA-MUD- GA-TE SWA-BHA-WA
BI-SHU-DHE MA-HA-NA-YA PA-RI-WA-RE SO-HA"

Again at that time, with one Enlightened intention and in one voice, as many Buddhas as

there are in 10 times the number of grains of sand there are in the Ganges [river] recited this Sutra of Limitless Life and Primordial Wisdom.

"OM NA-MO BHA-GA-WA-TE A-PA-RI-MI- TA A-YU-GYA-NA SU-VI-NI SID-DHA TE- DZO RA-DZA-YA
TA-THA-GA-TA-YA

AR-HA-TE SAM-YAK-SAM-BUD-DHA-YA TAD-YA-THA
OM PUN-YE PUN-YE MA-HA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE

GYA-NA SAM-BHA RO-PA TSI-DE
OM SAR-WA SAM-SKA-RA PA-RI-SHU- DHA DHAR-MA-TE GA-GA-NA SA-MUD- GA-TE SWA-BHA-WA
BI-SHU-DHE MA-HA-NA-YA PA-RI-WA-RE SO-HA

"The life of anyone who writes or causes others to write this Sutra of Limitless Life and Primordial Wisdom will be extended to a full 100 years even if [their lifespan] is already exhausted.

"OM NA-MO BHA-GA-WA-TE A-PA-RI-MI- TA A-YU-GYA-NA SU-VI-NI SID-DHA TE- DZO RA-DZA-YA
TA-THA-GA-TA-YA

AR-HA-TE SAM-YAK-SAM-BUD-DHA-YA TAD-YA-THA
OM PUN-YE PUN-YE MA-HA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE

GYA-NA SAM-BHA RO-PA TSI-DE
OM SAR-WA SAM-SKA-RA PA-RI-SHU- DHA DHAR-MA-TE GA-GA-NA SA-MUD- GA-TE SWA-BHA-WA
BI-SHU-DHE MA-HA-NA-YA PA-RI-WA-RE SO-HA

"Whoever writes or causes others to write this Sutra of Limitless Life and Primordial Wisdom will never be reborn in the realms of hell, the animal realm, or in the realm of Yama, Lord of Death. They will never be born in a state devoid of freedom to practice. Moreover, they will recall all of their previous births, wherever they had taken birth in [their] previous lives.

"OM NA-MO BHA-GA-WA-TE A-PA-RI-MI- TA A-YU-GYA-NA SU-VI-NI SID-DHA TE- DZO RA-DZA-YA
TA-THA-GA-TA-YA

AR-HA-TE SAM-Y AK-SAM-BUD-DHA-Y A TAD-YA-THA
OM PUN-YE PUN-YE MA-HA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE

GYA-NA SAM-BHA RO-PA TSI-DE
OM SAR-WA SAM-SKA-RA PA-RI-SHU- DHA DHAR-MA-TE GA-GA-NA SA-MUD- GA-TE SWA-BHA-WA
BI-SHU-DHE MA-HA-NA-YA PA-RI-WA-RE SO-HA

"[The merit from] writing or causing others to write this Sutra of Limitless Life and Primordial Wisdom is the same as from causing the person to write [all] 84,000 collections of the Dharma.

"OM NA-MO BHA-GA-WA-TE A-PA-RI-MI- TA A-YU-GYA-NA SU-VI-NI SID-DHA TE- DZO RA-DZA-YA
TA-THA-GA-TA-YA

AR-HA-TE SAM-Y AK-SAM-BUD-DHA-Y A TAD-YA-THA
OM PUN-YE PUN-YE MA-HA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE

GYA-NA SAM-BHA RO-PA TSI-DE
OM SAR-WA SAM-SKA-RA PA-RI-SHU- DHA DHAR-MA-TE GA-GA-NA SA-MUD- GA-TE SWA-BHA-WA
BI-SHU-DHE MA-HA-NA-YA PA-RI-WA-RE SO-HA

"Whoever writes or causes others to write this Sutra of Limitless Life and Primordial Wisdom will have practiced the 84,000 collections of Dharma and consecrated them.

"OM NA-MO BHA-GA-WA-TE A-PA-RI-MI- TA A-YU-GYA-NA SU-VI-NI SID-DHA TE- DZO RA-DZA-YA
TA-THA-GA-TA-YA

AR-HA-TE SAM-Y AK-SAM-BUD-DHA-Y A TAD-YA-THA
OM PUN-YE PUN-YE MA-HA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE

GYA-NA SAM-BHA RO-PA TSI-DE
OM SAR-WA SAM-SKA-RA PA-RI-SHU- DHA DHAR-MA-TE GA-GA-NA SA-MUD- GA-TE SWA-BHA-WA
BI-SHU-DHE MA-HA-NA-YA PA-RI-WA-RE SO-HA

"Whoever writes or causes others to write this Sutra of Limitless Life and Primordial Wisdom,

even if they have committed the five heinous deeds of immediate retribution, will be completely purified [of that karma].

"OM NA-MO BHA-GA-WA-TE A-PA-RI-MI- TA A-YU-GYA-NA SU-VI-NI SID-DHA TE- DZO RA-DZA-Y A
TA-THA-GA-TA-YA

AR-HA-TE SAM-Y AK-SAM-BUD-DHA-Y A TAD-YA-THA
OM PUN-YE PUN-YE MA-HA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE

GYA-NA SAM-BHA RO-PA TSI-DE
OM SAR-WA SAM-SKA-RA PA-RI-SHU- DHA DHAR-MA-TE GA-GA-NA SA-MUD- GA-TE SWA-BHA-WA
BI-SHU-DHE MA-HA-NA-YA PA-RI-WA-RE SO-HA

Whoever writes or causes others to write this Sutra of Limitless Life and Primordial Wisdom, even if they have amassed a heap of sin as large as Mt. Meru, it will [all] be completely purified.

"OM NA-MO BHA-GA-WA-TE A-PA-RI-MI- TA A-YU-GYA-NA SU-VI-NI SID-DHA TE- DZO RA-DZA-Y A
TA-THA-GA-TA-YA

AR-HA-TE SAM-Y AK-SAM-BUD-DHA-Y A TAD-YA-THA
OM PUN-YE PUN-YE MA-HA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE

GYA-NA SAM-BHA RO-PA TSI-DE
OM SAR-WA SAM-SKA-RA PA-RI-SHU- DHA DHAR-MA-TE GA-GA-NA SA-MUD- GA-TE SWA-BHA-WA
BI-SHU-DHE MA-HA-NA-YA PA-RI-WA-RE SO-HA

"Whoever writes or causes others to write this Sutra of Limitless Life and Primordial Wisdom, even if Maras and all the classes of Gods and demons, Yakshas, and Rakshasas try to harm [them, they] will never be harmed.

"OM NA-MO BHA-GA-WA-TE A-PA-RI-MI- TA A-YU-GYA-NA SU-VI-NI SID-DHA TE- DZO RA-DZA-Y A
TA-THA-GA-TA-YA

AR-HA-TE SAM-YAK-SAM-BUD-DHA-YA TAD-YA-THA
OM PUN-YE PUN-YE MA-HA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE

GYA-NA SAM-BHA RO-PA TSI-DE
OM SAR-WA SAM-SKA-RA PA-RI-SHU- DHA DHAR-MA-TE GA-GA-NA SA-MUD- GA-TE SWA-BHA-WA
BI-SHU-DHE MA-HA-NA-YA PA-RI-WA-RE SO-HA

"Whoever writes or causes others to this Sutra of Limitless Life and Primordial Wisdom, when they are at the time of death, 990 million Buddhas will actually appear before them and reveal prophesies. One thousand Buddhas will extend Their hands to them and will lead them from one Buddha Field to another Buddha Field. Have no doubt, skepticism, or ambivalence about this.

"OM NA-MO BHA-GA-WA-TE A-PA-RI-MI- TA A-YU-GYA-NA SU-VI-NI SID-DHA TE- DZO RA-DZA-YA
TA-THA-GA-TA-YA

AR-HA-TE SAM-YAK-SAM-BUD-DHA-YA TAD-YA-THA
OM PUN-YE PUN-YE MA-HA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE

GYA-NA SAM-BHA RO-PA TSI-DE
OM SAR-WA SAM-SKA-RA PA-RI-SHU- DHA DHAR-MA-TE GA-GA-NA SA-MUD- GA-TE SWA-BHA-WA
BI-SHU-DHE MA-HA-NA-YA PA-RI-WA-RE SO-HA

"Whoever writes or causes others to write this Sutra of Limitless Life and Primordial Wisdom, the Four Great Kings will follow right behind them and shield, protect, and conceal them [from danger].

"OM NA-MO BHA-GA-WA-TE A-PA-RI-MI- TA A-YU-GYA-NA SU-VI-NI SID-DHA TE- DZO RA-DZA-YA
TA-THA-GA-TA-YA

AR-HA-TE SAM-YAK-SAM-BUD-DHA-YA TAD-YA-THA
OM PUN-YE PUN-YE MA-HA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE

GYA-NA SAM-BHA RO-PA TSI-DE
OM SAR-WA SAM-SKA-RA PA-RI-SHU- DHA DHAR-MA-TE GA-GA-NA SA-MUD- GA-TE SWA-BHA-WA
BI-SHU-DHE MA-HA-NA-YA PA-RI-WA-RE SO-HA

"Whoever writes or causes others to write this

Sutra of Limitless Life and Primordial Wisdom, they will be reborn in the world of Sukhavati, the realm of the Buddha Field of the Tathagatha Amitabha.

"OM NA-MO BHA-GA-WA-TE A-PA-RI-MI- TA A-YU-GYA-NA SU-VI-NI SID-DHA TE- DZO RA-DZA-YA
TA-THA-GA-TA-YA

AR-HA-TE SAM-YAK-SAM-BUD-DHA-YA TAD-YA-THA
OM PUN-YE PUN-YE MA-HA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE

GYA-NA SAM-BHA RO-PA TSI-DE
OM SAR-WA SAM-SKA-RA PA-RI-SHU- DHA DHAR-MA-TE GA-GA-NA SA-MUD- GA-TE SWA-BHA-WA
BI-SHU-DHE MA-HA-NA-YA PA-RI-WA-RE SO-HA

"Wherever this rare precious jewel of a sutra is written, even the place where it is written becomes a stupa, a basis for offering to the sources of refuge. Any birds, any beings who have taken birth in the animal realm, any forest animals in whose ears the sound of this sutra resounds, all of them will actually awaken to unsurpassable, genuine, complete, and perfect Buddhahood. They will all reach the unsurpassable state of Enlightenment.

"OM NA-MO BHA-GA-WA-TE A-PA-RI-MI- TA A-YU-GYA-NA SU-VI-NI SID-DHA TE- DZO RA-DZA-YA
TA-THA-GA-TA-YA

AR-HA-TE SAM-YAK-SAM-BUD-DHA-YA TAD-YA-THA
OM PUN-YE PUN-YE MA-HA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE

GYA-NA SAM-BHA RO-PA TSI-DE
OM SAR-WA SAM-SKA-RA PA-RI-SHU- DHA DHAR-MA-TE GA-GA-NA SA-MUD- GA-TE SWA-BHA-WA
BI-SHU-DHE MA-HA-NA-YA PA-RI-WA-RE SO-HA

"Whoever writes or causes others to write this Sutra of Limitless Life and Primordial Wisdom will never be born in the body of one of lower birth.

"OM NA-MO BHA-GA-WA-TE A-PA-RI-MI- TA A-YU-GYA-NA SU-VI-NI SID-DHA TE- DZO RA-DZA-YA

TA-THA-GA-TA-YA
AR-HA-TE SAM-Y AK-SAM-BUD-DHA-Y A TAD-YA-THA
OM PUN-YE PUN-YE MA-HA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE
GYA-NA SAM-BHA RO-PA TSI-DE
OM SAR-WA SAM-SKA-RA PA-RI-SHU- DHA DHAR-MA-TE GA-GA-NA SA-MUD- GA-TE SWA-BHA-WA
BI-SHU-DHE MA-HA-NA-YA PA-RI-WA-RE SO-HA

"Whoever offers a single coin for the sake of this Sutra of Limitless Life and Primordial Wisdom will have practiced the generosity of completely filling the entire three [times] three thousand- fold universe with the seven [kinds of] precious jewels and giving it away.

"OM NA-MO BHA-GA-WA-TE A-PA-RI-MI- TA A-YU-GYA-NA SU-VI-NI SID-DHA TE- DZO RA-DZA-YA
TA-THA-GA-TA-YA

AR-HA-TE SAM-Y AK-SAM-BUD-DHA-Y A TAD-YA-THA
OM PUN-YE PUN-YE MA-HA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE

GYA-NA SAM-BHA RO-PA TSI-DE
OM SAR-WA SAM-SKA-RA PA-RI-SHU- DHA DHAR-MA-TE GA-GA-NA SA-MUD- GA-TE SWA-BHA-WA
BI-SHU-DHE MA-HA-NA-YA PA-RI-WA-RE SO-HA

"Whoever makes offerings to this category of Dharma makes offerings to all the holy Dharma.

"OM NA-MO BHA-GA-WA-TE A-PA-RI-MI- TA A-YU-GYA-NA SU-VI-NI SID-DHA TE- DZO RA-DZA-YA
TA-THA-GA-TA-YA

AR-HA-TE SAM-Y AK-SAM-BUD-DHA-Y A TAD-YA-THA
OM PUN-YE PUN-YE MA-HA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE

GYA-NA SAM-BHA RO-PA TSI-DE
OM SAR-WA SAM-SKA-RA PA-RI-SHU- DHA DHAR-MA-TE GA-GA-NA SA-MUD- GA-TE SWA-BHA-WA
BI-SHU-DHE MA-HA-NA-YA PA-RI-WA-RE SO-HA

"It is like this: If one were to gather together in

one heap all the merit accumulated from making offerings of the seven [kinds of] precious jewels to the Tathagathas Vipasyin, Sikhin, Vishvabhu, Krakucchanda, Kanakamuni, Kashyapa, Shakyamuni Buddha, and so on, the amount of [that] merit could still be quantified. But the degree of merit gained from [reciting, writing, and causing others to write] this [Sutra of] Limitless Life and Primordial Wisdom cannot be quantified.

"OM NA-MO BHA-GA-WA-TE A-PA-RI-MI- TA A-YU-GYA-NA SU-VI-NI SID-DHA TE- DZO RA-DZA-YA
TA-THA-GA-TA-YA

AR-HA-TE SAM-YAK-SAM-BUD-DHA-YA TAD-YA-THA
OM PUN-YE PUN-YE MA-HA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE

GYA-NA SAM-BHA RO-PA TSI-DE
OM SAR-WA SAM-SKA-RA PA-RI-SHU- DHA DHAR-MA-TE GA-GA-NA SA-MUD- GA-TE SW A-BHA-W A
BI-SHU-DHE MA-HA-NA-YA PA-RI-WA-RE SO-HA

It is like this: If one were to practice the generosity of giving a mountain of precious jewels as big as the king of mountains, Mount Meru, the amount of merit gathered could still be quantified. But the degree of merit gained from [reciting, writing, and causing other to write] this [Sutra of] Limitless Life and Primordial Wisdom cannot be quantified.

"OM NA-MO BHA-GA-WA-TE A-PA-RI-MI- TA A-YU-GYA-NA SU-VI-NI SID-DHA TE- DZO RA-DZA-YA
TA-THA-GA-TA-YA

AR-HA-TE SAM-Y AK-SAM-BUD-DHA-Y A TAD-YA-THA
OM PUN-YE PUN-YE MA-HA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE

GYA-NA SAM-BHA RO-PA TSI-DE
OM SAR-WA SAM-SKA-RA PA-RI-SHU- DHA DHAR-MA-TE GA-GA-NA SA-MUD- GA-TE SW A-BHA-W A
BI-SHU-DHE MA-HA-NA-YA PA-RI-WA-RE SO-HA

"It is like this: One could count drop by drop the amount of water in the four great oceans, but the degree of merit from [reciting, writing, and causing others to write] this [Sutra of] Limitless

Life and Primordial Wisdom cannot be counted.

"OM NA-MO BHA-GA-WA-TE A-PA-RI-MI- TA A-YU-GYA-NA SU-VI-NI SID-DHA TE- DZO RA-DZA-YA
TA-THA-GA-TA-YA

AR-HA-TE SAM-YAK-SAM-BUD-DHA-YA TAD-YA-THA
OM PUN-YE PUN-YE MA-HA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE

GYA-NA SAM-BHA RO-PA TSI-DE
OM SAR-WA SAM-SKA-RA PA-RI-SHU- DHA DHAR-MA-TE GA-GA-NA SA-MUD- GA-TE SWA-BHA-WA
BI-SHU-DHE MA-HA-NA-YA PA-RI-WA-RE SO-HA

"Whoever writes, causes others to write, or takes this as [their] central focus and makes offerings to this Sutra of Limitless Life and Primordial Wisdom, by doing this, [the merit from this is the same as if] they had made prostrations and offerings to all of the Tathagatas in all of the Buddha Fields throughout the 10 directions!

"OM NA-MO BHA-GA-WA-TE A-PA-RI-MI- TA A-YU-GYA-NA SU-VI-NI SID-DHA TE- DZO RA-DZA-YA
TA-THA-GA-TA-YA

AR-HA-TE SAM-YAK-SAM-BUD-DHA-YA TAD-YA-THA
OM PUN-YE PUN-YE MA-HA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE

GYA-NA SAM-BHA RO-PA TSI-DE
OM SAR-WA SAM-SKA-RA PA-RI-SHU- DHA DHAR-MA-TE GA-GA-NA SA-MUD- GA-TE SWA-BHA-WA
BI-SHU-DHE MA-HA-NA-YA PA-RI-WA-RE SO-HA

"The power of generosity truly exalts the Buddha.
The Lion of Men has realized the power of generosity.

When entering the city of compassion, May the sound of the power of generosity resound.

"The power of ethical discipline truly exalts the Buddha.
The Lion of Men has realized the power of ethical discipline.

When entering the city of compassion,

May the sound of the power of ethical discipline resound.

"The power of patience truly exalts the Buddha. The Lion of Men has realized the power of patience.
When entering the city of compassion,

May the sound of the power of patience resound.

"The power of diligence truly exalts the Buddha. The Lion of Men has realized the power of diligence.
When entering the city of compassion,

May the sound of the power of diligence resound.

"The power of samadhi truly exalts the Buddha. The Lion of Men has realized the power of samadhi.
When entering the city of compassion,

May the sound of the power of samadhi resound.

"The power of wisdom truly exalts the Buddha. The Lion of Men has realized the power of wisdom.
When entering the city of compassion,

May the sound of the power of wisdom resound.

"OM NA-MO BHA-GA-WA-TE A-PA-RI-MI- TA A-YU-GYA-NA SU-VI-NI SID-DHA TE- DZO RA-DZA-YA
TA-THA-GA-TA-YA

AR-HA-TE SAM-YAK-SAM-BUD-DHA-YA TAD-YA-THA
OM PUN-YE PUN-YE MA-HA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE A-PA-RI-MI-TA PUN-YE

GYA-NA SAM-BHA RO-PA TSI-DE
OM SAR-WA SAM-SKA-RA PA-RI-SHU- DHA DHAR-MA-TE GA-GA-NA SA-MUD- GA-TE SWA-BHA-WA
BI-SHU-DHE MA-HA-NA-YA PA-RI-WA-RE SO-HA"

When the Blessed One had said this, the youthful Manjushri and the entire gathering along with the world with its Gods, humans, Asuras, and Gandharvas rejoiced and praised the words spoken by the Blessed One.

[Thus] the Arya Mahayana Sutra of Limitless Life and Primordial Wisdom is completed.