Sukhavati: The Western Paradise

 

Sukhavati

 

Sakyamuni Buddha taught the Amitabha Sutra over 2000 years ago. It is one of the most important Sutras in Mahayana Buddhism. It teaches how a person can be reborn in Sukhavati, also known as The Western Paradise of Eternal Bliss.

In Sukhavati, Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit, explains the principles and practice of Pure Land Buddhism. He introduces and comments on the various Sutras and Mantras that are important to Pure Land practitioners.

The book includes:

  • Amitabha Buddha and the description of Sukhavati.
  • Majestic Grandeur of Buddhism.
  • Other Buddhas and Bodhisattvas in every direction.
  • Heaven and Enlightenment.
  • Methods to win rebirth in Sukhavati.
  • Settling doubts.
  • Commentaries from the Classics.

 

Chapter Preview:

Chapter 1: Amitabha Buddha and the Western Paradise (Going to Paradise through the Compassion of Amitabha)

Chapter 2: The Marvellous and the Fundamental (Scientific Knowledge and Basic Teaching of Buddhism)

Chapter 3: Majestic Grandeur of Buddhism (The Compassion and Wisdom of Mahayana)

Chapter 4: The Buddha’s Teaching on Emptiness (Why Is the World an Illusion?)

Chapter 5: Heaven and Enlightenment (Aspects of the Buddha’s Extensive Teaching)

Chapter 6: Various Forms of Heavenly Bliss (Why the Paradise Is Called Eternal Bliss)

Chapter 7: Description of Western Paradise (What Life Is Like in Paradise)

Chapter 8: Winning Rebirth in the Western Paradise (Conditions and Procedure for Going to Heaven)

Chapter 9: Buddhas of Other Worlds (Meeting Buddhas in All Directions)

Chapter 10: The Process of Being Reborn (How Can You Influence Your Own Rebirth)

Chapter 11: Cosmology and Metaphysics of Saha World (Heavens, Hells and Other Realms of Existence)

Chapter 12: The Pure Lands (Canons, Sutras, Heavens and Mahayana)

Chapter 13: The Importance of Faith (Various Kinds of Faith in Amitabha Cultivation)

Chapter 14: Understanding and Experience (How You May Verify the Buddha’s Teaching)

Chapter 15: Compassion and Care in Buddhism (Structure and Content of a Liturgical Chanting)

Chapter 16: Reciting the Amitabha Sutra (The Benefits and Procedure in Reciting a Sutra)

Chapter 17: Cultivation for Sukhavati (Vow, Recitation and Transfer of Merits)

Chapter 18: Settling Doubts (Some Common Questions and Their Answers)

Chapter 19: Selected Commentaries From the Classics (What Masters Have Said About the Sutra)

 

About the author:

Wong Kiew Kit, popularly known as Sifu Wong, is the fourth generation successor of Venerable Jiang Nan from the famous Shaolin Monastery in China and Grandmaster of Shaolin Wahnam Institute of Kungfu and Chi Kung. He received the “Chi Kung Master of the Year” Award during the Second World Congress on Chi Kung held in San Francisco in 1997. He has practiced and taught the Shaolin arts for more than 3 decades and has more than 60,000 students all over the world.

Since 1987, Sifu Wong has spent more time teaching Chi Kung than Kungfu, because he feels that while Kungfu serves as an interesting hobby, Chi Kung serves an urgent public need, particularly in overcoming degenerative and psychiatric illnesses.

Sifu Wong is one of the few masters who have generously introduced the once secretive Shaolin Chi Kung to the public, and has helped many people to obtain relief or overcome so-called “incurable” diseases like hypertension, asthma, rheumatism, arthritis, diabetes, migraine, gastritis, gall stones, kidney failure, depression, anxiety and even cancer.

He stresses the Shaolin philosophy of sharing goodness with all humanity, and is now dedicated to spreading the wonders and benefits of the Shaolin arts to people all over the world irrespective of race, culture and religion.

Sifu Wong is also an internationally acclaimed author of books on the Shaolin arts and Buddhism.

Books by Wong Kiew Kit:

Introduction to Shaolin Kungfu
The Art of Chi Kung
The Art of Shaolin Kung Fu
The Complete Book of Tai Chi Chuan
Chi Kung for Health and Vitality
The Complete Book of Zen
The Complete Book of Chinese Medicine
The Complete Book of Shaolin
Sukhavati: The Western Paradise
Master Answers Series: The Shaolin Arts

 

Book review:

In their typical arrogance, most mediocre scientists decree that what they cannot perceive and measure do not exist, despite the fact they know how limited their perception and measurement are. Understandably, only a few great scientists have been farsighted and brave enough to put forward revolutionary concepts that have turned out to be valid, like our earth is not the center of the universe, there are unimaginably more stars than what our eyes can see, matter is energy, contact over immense distance without discernable physical connection is possible, the implicate order of reality, the presence of shadow matter, and the existence of multi-dimension universes where only the one that is observed is manifested. Interestingly, all these exciting scientific discoveries have been discussed in Buddhism for centuries, and have been recorded in numerous sutras.

Chapter 2: The Marvellous and the Fundamental – Buddhist Wisdom and Modern Science

Our world as we know it, exists because it is created by our mind, not just in the present lifetimes, but also throughout millennia and imprinted in our alaya or collective consciousness. The same world will be very different for other sentient beings, like bacteria and crocodiles, because their alaya consciousness is different. For most ordinary people, many realms of existence in this world such as the realms of ghosts and asuras, are non-existent because, among many reasons, they do not belief in them. Why, then, familiar objects like tables and chairs continue to exist even though we try to believe they are non-existent? This is because they have been imprinted so deeply in our alaya consciousness that even if we try in our normal consciousness to believe they do not exist, our unconsciousness accepts their existence.

Chapter 13: The Importance of Faith – Phenomena and Principles

Of course, it is never implied that one should accept any teaching blindly; it is a basic Buddhist tenet that one should accept the Buddhist teaching only after he has assessed it to the best of his understanding and experience. It is also important to remember that the teaching described in this book is not my idea or invention; the wisdom in the teaching is far, far beyond what I could even there to dream of. This is certainly not modesty. It is simply the truth. I merely report what the Buddha, considered by many as the greatest teachers, amongst men and gods, has taught; and I attempt to make the profound teaching easier for modern readers by explaining with illustrations what great masters throughout the ages have provided, and expressing in an imagery and vocabulary that western readers can readily understand.

Chapter 18: Settling Doubts – Can One Really Go to Heaven?

 

Book details:

Pages: 199

Chapters: 19

Publisher: Cosmos Internet Sdn Bhd

Language: English

Paperback/Hardback: Paperback

ISBN – 10: 983-40879-3-4

ISBN – 13: 978-983-40879-3-7