great disciples of Amitabha Buddha. Unlike Kuan Shih Yin
who is widely worshipped and has countless temples and shrines
in her name, Ta-Shih-Chi is hardly venerated by the common
people and for this reason, the next chapter is dedicated to her
even though she does not appear in the pantheon.
Ta-Shih-Chi P'usa is one of the two main Bodhisat vas of Pure
Land Buddhism. Her Sanskrit name is MAHASTHAMAPRATA
which means `one who has attained great strength' and is there-
fore often cal ed the Bodhisat va of Universal Strength. She is an
at ribute of Amitabha Buddha, representing his Wisdom just as
Kuan Shih Yin is his compassionate aspect. She earned her rank
of Bodhisat vahood in the distant past through the practice of
reciting the name of the Buddha of that period of time. When
Amitabha became a Buddha, she and Kuan Shih Yin became his
disciples and thus were responsible in welcoming the faithful of
the Buddha to his Pure Land at the time of their death.
e Shurangama Sutra states that in time to come "when
Amitabha Buddha retires as the teaching host of the Pure Land,
Kuan Shih Yin will take over the responsibility. When it is time
for Kuan Shih Yin to retire as Lord of the Pure Land, Ta Shih
Chi P'usa will be her successor...."
Ta Shih Chi P'usa is said to be so powerful that whenever she
raises her hand or moves any part of her body, the earth will
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