Monk Recites 2 Pure Land Sutras for a 7 years and gets reborn in the highest Grade of Lotus – Records of Home Coming to the Pure Land – Story 8

The monk called Kam was a native of Ping Chow.  He memorized and was thoroughly fluent with:

  • The Amitayur Dhyana Sutra and
  • The Smaller Sukhavati Vyuha

Once, he dreamt that he had 2 wings on his body:

  • On the left wing was, “The Amitayur Dhyana Sutra” and
  • On the right wing was, “The Smaller Sukhavati Vyuha”

With these 2 wings, he tried to fly but his body was too heavy.

So he recited these 2 Sutras for 2 years.  Then he dreamt that his 2 wings had grown longer.  When he tried to fly, he found that his body was a little bit lighter than before.

Then he recited these 2 Sutras for 2 more years.  This time, he flew without any hindrance to the Western region of the Pure Land.

Buddha and Bodhisattva appeared and said, “Your power of reciting Sutras will let you reach only the border of the Pure Land.  Now go back to the world you live in and recite these 2 Sutras for 48 times daily.  After 1000 days, you will attain the highest existence of he Superior Grade [of Lotus birth in the Pure Land].”

When the monk Kam awoke, he did exactly what the Buddha had instructed.  After 3 years, he died and there were 7 stalks of lotus in his sleeping place, which did not wither even after 7 days.

Source:  The Response from the Triple Gem (Triratna)

Records of Home Coming to the Pure Land p 57

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