Tonight, I would like to share my experience about a response I had in reciting the Buddha's name
One day, I went out with my Dharma brother to pick someone up from the airport. Usually the people we pick up arrive on United Airlines. So, I was sure that today was the same, and I went out without checking.
As we approached the airport area, we saw signs for international and domestic flights and the way to various airlines' terminals. My Dharma brothers in the car asked me, "Which airline are we looking for?" I replied without thinking, "United Airlines."
I am used to reciting the Great Compassion Mantra in the car. On that day, after I finished reciting the mantra, I had a strong impulse to recite Amitabha Buddha's name. So I kept reciting Amitabha's name all the way. But right before we reached the terminal, I suddenly realized that I was reciting "Alaska, Alaska" instead of "Amitabha, Amitabha." I felt very bad. My first thought was that my rebirth would not be a good one. Then I reflected that although I was not vigorous in reciting Amitabha's name, I shouldn't have changed to reciting "Alaska" without even knowing it!
Fortunately, I had a second thought very soon, and that thought told me that it was Alaska Airlines and not United Airlines that I needed to go to. So we were lucky enough to meet the passengers at the right airline terminal. Amitabha!