Queen Vedehi

Queen Vedehi is the protagonist in the Meditation Sutra of The Eternal Buddha Of Infinite Light . Other wise shortened The Meditation Sutra. As she was imprisoned by her son King Bimasara, The Buddha, Guatama Siddartha visited her in her cell. The Buddha exposed his teaching to her and found she had wonderful qualities and brought her to enlightenment with faith in Amida Buddha.. Yet we only meet her in this Sutra.
It can be assumed that she was a wonderful person, her whole life must have been one of Kindness compassion, virtue, and wisdom.
First her parents must have been great in bringing her up. Than as an adult she must have been a great wife, and a person of substance. She must have always tried to be a genuine, true, and real person. A person of good karma. She also must have seen many things that where in the Saha world. And learned from her experiences.
With out being a nun, trying to attain Buddha (mind of enlightenment) with out calculated efforts or monastic instruction, she naturally reached the Maitreya stage of Bodhisattva. In Japan she would have been considered a Mykonin. A truly wonderful person.
She didn’t need poetry, archery, arts and crafts, or get hit with a stick while meditating. Nor was she ever asked what her face looked like before she was born.
She probably developed Buddha Nature and when Buddha transfered her merit, she become enlightened, entering the Pure Land. Her practice as Princess than Queen means she had the qualities. She probably never indulged in the ten transgressions or evils.

18 Vow of the Larger Sutra
“If, when I attain Buddhahood, sentient beings in the lands of the ten quarters who sincerely and joyfully entrust themselves to me, desire to be born in my land, and call my Name, even ten times, should not be born there, may I not attain perfect Enlightenment. Excluded, however, are those who commit the five greatest offenses, abuse the right Dharma.”

She was not a Sage either: Jiriki means self-power (path of sages) and Tariki means Other Power (Path of ordinary people). While Jiriki is the finite power of man, Tariki is the infinite Power of Amida’ s Compassion and Wisdom.
The basis of this is found in the Amitāyurdhyāna Sūtra (“Amitābha Meditation Sūtra”), in which the Buddha describes to Queen Vaidehi the way corresponding to the attainment of various levels of rebirth in the Pure Land (Nirvana.)

In Queen Vedehi’s unwritten biography, she was a women . Her life may have been one of substance, and she was genuine, true and real. If she where a shallow, vapid, materialistic person with no quality, she would have not reached that stage to begin with. She naturally reached that stage because her quality of being and The Buddha saw that.

Queen Vedehi must not have been the perfect person in the beginning. Maybe at times in her life she had flaws. Don’t we all. Her mind was free of illness, a mind that is healthy; mental states which contain those conditions or factors which support mental health and produce an untroubled and stable mind. Her Karma produced contentment. Her Karma arose in her mind, there is naturally a sense of well-being, without the need for any external influence. Just as when one is strong and healthy. A sense of well-being naturally follows.
Her diamond like faith (Shinjin) and her ‘No Doubt Mnd, allowed her to fulfill the Primal Vow. And all she probably did was say “Namo Amida Butsu” once.”

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About Tino Rozzo

Politician-Philosopher. Has several Cookbooks published. Politician, ran for office many times since 2000. Leader American Labor Party and Living Universal Basic Income. Phd in Philosophy Buddhist Studies.
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