Venerable Master, Dharma Master, Dharma friends:
My name is Nelson Pizzaro. I've been asked to talk about my experience during this seven-day recitation. But first, I would like to tell you a little bit about myself. I come from Colombia and my native language is Spanish. So please forgive my accent. I started my spiritual path about five years ago. I encountered Buddhism for the first time through a Lama from Tibet, who was giving a lecture two years ago. At that time I thought that Buddhism was the same as the other religions. So I thought that there was no need to investigate any deeper. But six months after I met the Lama, my mind was even worse, and I found a book at the hotel that I was staying in Germany,
The Teachings of Buddha. Once I started reading that book, I could not stop. I had to finish the same night, and my mind calmed down a lot.
I learned about Amitabha and I started reciting the Buddha's name. Now I recite the Buddha's name for about three hours a day, while I am doing my daily duties. I go to sleep with Amitabha and I wake up with Amitabha. If I am not reciting Amitabha, then I know I am living in delusion. I think that I created the causes in the past to be here. I am just sorry because I did not cultivate hard enough to reach Amitabha's land.
Please do not let that happen to you. Let's not let our guard down until we reach Amitabha's land. Then we can come back to teach all sentient beings to reach the Land of Ultimate Bliss. This world is full of teachers with wrong views, leading sentient beings to lower states. Let's not make the same mistake. Let's concentrate on reciting Amitabha until we reach Amitabha's land. Remember, pure mind—pure land—just in one thought.
All my friends tell me that I should teach Dharma, but I do not want to do it until I reach Amitabha's Land. Then I am sure it is time to teach. During this meditation I experienced a lot of new things, but I am just going to mention a few. One night I dreamed of a golden-colored being teaching, and for some reason the next day Dharma Master Sure came and gave us a lecture about transferring merits. Another night during the silent meditation, I saw a lot of people welcoming me. I was arriving somewhere. And the interesting thing is that all of them were golden-colored. In another dream, I was explaining to someone the concept of patience of nonproduction. I was telling that person how deep it was, when someone came and told me that I just won a boat. I thought, "A boat? I never bought a ticket to win a boat!" But when I saw the boat, I was surprised. It was big and beautiful. It had two engines. Now I think, or maybe I understand, that the ticket that I bought or am buying is my daily practice, and the boat is Amitabha's vows that will cross me over the ocean of samsara to the Land of Ultimate Bliss.
I am not sure if it is time for me to leave, but either way, I am very happy. If I have to leave, I will be in the Land of Ultimate Bliss, hopefully. If I get to stay here, I will have more time to practice and maybe, get a bigger boat. Thank you, and I hope to see you next year in the Seven Day Recitation.
To be continued