HOW TO BECOME A BUDDHA, step-by-step

           

Step 1:  You must establish good reasons, a good mind set of why you'd like to become a Buddha.  For example:  Living forever, forever happiness, no one in the universe can make a death of a Buddha (as a Sutra said), no longer being called a sentient being (sentient beings included beings in hell realm, hungry ghost beings, animals, human beings, Asura, Heavenly beings (gods and Gods), Arahants, Pacceka Buddhas and Bodhisattvas), having the best wisdom, having his own Buddha's land with many Boddhisattvas, having the best Dharma body, being able to preach Sutras to countless of sentient beings with ease, having Buddha's eyes to know everything in the universe, having no more any kinds of sufferings, etc.  You should also read the sections "Life is difficult most of the time" and "Life is full of calamities" of the article "A Spiritual Goal for this Lifetime" in the Pure Land Buddhism section.  
        Step 2:  You should know that there is only one sure, easy way to become a Buddha in just one life time or much less to become a Buddha.  That way is to practise Pure Land (or Pure Land Buddhism) to be born in Amitabha Buddha's Pure Land.   
        Step 3:  First, you should practise reciting Amitabha Buddha's name continuously from one day to seven days as preached in The Amida Sutra (The Amitabha Sutra).  
        Step 4:  You should have a simple buddhist altar with a small Amitabha Buddha's statue or a Amitabha Buddha's picture on it.  The altar should has one or two small red light bulbs turned on all the time.  The altar should has natural light of sun light in the day time and electrical fluorescent light in the night time.  You should have a light blue buddhist gown to wear every time you sit down in front of the Buddhist altar to recite Amitabha Buddha's name.
        Step 5:  You should be a permanent vegetarian and keep the ten precepts every time.  These ten precepts are mentioned in the Ingredients for Success in Buddha Recitation section in the article "A Spiritual Goal for this Lifetime".  Exception for not being a permanent vegetarian:  When you are old or you can have health problems when being a permanent vegetarian.  
        Step 6:  You should recite Amitabha Buddha's name at least 1,000 times in front of the buddhist altar and at least 9,000 times through out the day.  So you should recite Amitabha Buddha's name at least 10,000 times everyday.  This may sound a lot of times but it should be easy and not much if you have a buddhist rosary or buddhist bracelet.  In front of the buddhist altar, you should use the buddhist rosary.  You may refer to the article "A Spiritual Goal for this Lifetime" in the Pure Land Buddhism section for other ways to recite Amitabha Buddha's name.  The first way is much better because you dedicate to recite Amitabha Buddha's name and you sincerely wish to be born in His Pure Land.  The other ways are easier and for people who are busy in life. 
        Step 7:  You should never quit reciting Amitabha Buddha's name even on a vacation.  By doing so, your lotus that you will be born in Pure Land will begin to fade down.  You may not recite Amitabha Buddha's name in front of the altar while you are on a vacation but you can recite His name everywhere by different ways:  In you mind, by soft voice or by regular voice.  
        Step 8:  Additionally, you should do a lot of good deeds, merits, good karma, practise virtues and transfer all of these to be born in Amitabha Buddha's Pure Land according to one Great vow of 48 Great vows of Amitabha Buddha.  
        Step 9:  You should keep reciting Amitabha Buddha's name everyday until Amitabha Buddha appears in your dream and let you know the exact time and date He, Avolokiteshvara Bodhisattva, Great Strength Bodhisattva and other Pure Land's great beings arrive to take your mind to the Amitabha Buddha's Pure Land, the Land of Utmost Bliss. 
        Step 10:  On the last day of your life in this world, you should invite many people to recite Amitabha Buddha's name with you (at least two persons).  You should take a bath or a shower, wear clean clothes and sit in front of the Buddhist altar in the last hour.  When Amitabha Buddha, Avolokiteshvara Bodhisattva, Great Strength Bodhisattva and other Pure Land's great beings arrive, you should recite Amitabha Buddha's name clearly without any defilements and take your mind flying with Amitabha Buddha and these great beings to the Pure Land.  
        Step 11:  At Amitabha Buddha's Pure Land, you may practise more to become a Buddha.  But as a Sutra said:  "Being born in Amitabha Buddha's Pure Land has the same meaning with becoming a Buddha" because in the Pure Land, there are no three evil paths, ghosts, demons, monsters, Maras, night time, violence, wars, hunger, natural disasters, sentient-beings of two different genders, obstacles of any kinds to prevent you from further practices to become a Buddha.  There are only peace, great Dharma sound and Dharma lectures, greatest environment, Great sentient-beings, etc. everywhere on that Land.  When you become a Buddha, you will have your own Buddha's Pure Land with many boddhisattvas.  You then have to move out of Amitabha Buddha's Pure Land for your own Buddha's Pure Land.  

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