Benefits From Reciting Buddha’s Names
At that time, Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha, Mahasattva, said to the Buddha, “World Honored One, I am going to speak on the benefits for those beings in the future worlds. Between life and death, they can all receive great benefits. Please World Honored One, hear my word.” Buddha told Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha, “At this time you wish to raise your benevolent and merciful heart, to save and cultivate the suffering beings and speak on inconceivable things. Speak quickly because I am about to enter Nirvana. Complete your vow soon, so I need not be concerned for all those beings now and in the future.”
Bodhisattva said to the Buddha, “World Honored One, a long time ago, there was a Buddha named Limitless Body. Any man or woman who has heard his name and shows a respectful heart may be pardoned of the heavy crimes of previous and forthcoming aeons. He or she will obtain endless welfare by making offerings or painting images. In addition, a long time ago, there was a Buddha in the world named Jewel Nature. If any man or woman hearing his name, and in the snap of fingers makes a wish to take refuge in Buddha Jewel Nature, he or she will never regress from the Buddha’s way. There was also a Buddha named Lotus Victory. Any man or woman who hears, with the deepest ear, this Buddha’s name, or concentrates on reciting this Buddha’s name can be born in the Six Desire Heaven a thousand times.
“Besides, endless time ago, there was a Buddha named Lion Roar, any man or woman hearing his name who can follow this Buddha for one moment, that person will meet uncountable Buddhas, be ordained and be prophesied as a future Buddha. There was another Buddha named Victorious Contemplation in the past. Any man or woman who hears his name and worships or praises him with utmost mind will be a Brahma King in the assemblies where one thousand Buddhas are gathered and will be ordained and prophesied as a future Buddha. There was a Buddha named Visapin in the past. Any man or woman who hears this name will never fall into the evil level and will be born in heaven with the most wonderful pleasure.”
“Besides, endless time ago, there was a Buddha named Jewel Victory in the world. Any man or woman hearing this Buddha’s name will never fall into the evil level and will enjoy wonderful happiness. There was a Buddha named Jewel Appearance. Any man or woman hearing this name who raises a deferential heart will soon earn the Arhanship fruit. There was a Buddha named Kasaya Banner in the past world a long time ago. Any man or woman hearing this name can be pardoned of the crimes of life and death for one hundred aeons. There was another Buddha named Great Penetration Mountain King in the past. Any man or woman who hears this name will meet endless Buddhas to speak Dharma for him or her. And she will surely achieve Bodhi.”
“There was also innumerable Buddhas in the past, including Buddha Pure Moon, Buddha Mountain King, Buddha Wise Victory, Buddha Pure Name King, Buddha Accomplished Wisdom, Buddha Unsurpassed, Buddha Wonderful Sound, Buddha Full Moon, Buddha Moon Face and so on.”
“World Honored One, the beings, regardless if they are men or women now and in the future, as long as they can recite a Buddha’s name, they will have endless merit. They can obtain still more merit by reciting more Buddha’s names. These people can earn great merit between life and death, and they will not fall into the evil level on earth.”
“Any relative, even if there is only one relative, who can recite Buddha’s name aloud for the person who is going to die, can allow the person to be pardoned of all karmic retribution except the Five Endless Offenses. Though the Five Endless Offenses can make them fall into hell for millions of aeons and not be released, if their relatives recite Buddha’s name for them when they are about to die, or if they recite the names themselves, their offenses can generally also be eliminated. The merit they earn will be uncountable, and their offenses will be eliminated.”