Bodhisattvas who voluntarily serve the needs of sentient beings do not cringe at the miseries of thecycle of existence. We, on the other hand, fear the suffering of samsara, so if we wish to attain spiritual awakening in a state of joy and happiness, without experiencing suffering, we should pray to be born in the realm of Sukhavati. If we pray to be born there (except in cases of sins of immediate retribution and the abandonment of Dharma) our birth there will be due to the power of Amitabha's prayers. If we are reborn there, we will not have even the slightest suffering, and our joy and happiness will be abundant. We will be able to go miraculously to Abhirati, the Glorous Copper Mountain, and Tusita, meet the buddhas there and receive the Dharma. With unimpeded extrasensory perception and paranormal abilities, we will be able to lead those with whom we have a connection out of the intermediate state. For countless hundreds of millions of eons, there will be no illness, no aging, and no death. We will behold the face of Buddha Amitabha and listen to Dharma. Incalculable clouds of offerings will be emanated from the palms of our handsand be offered to the buddhas. Thus, the qualities of the grounds and paths will be perfected, and we will become enlightened.
How easy is it to be born there? It is said that if one earnestly prays ten times, one will take birth there. There is no point is doubting whether or not you will be born there. If you nurture doubts, you will be born in that pure realm, but the lotus flower in which you are born will not open for five hundred years. It is said that during that time, you will experience joy and happines, and you will hear the voice of the Buddha; but unfortunately there will be a delay in seeing his face. Therefore, without harboring doubts, tonight when you are about to sleep, you should dedicate whatever spiritual practice you havedone today to be reborn there. If you know them, recite The Prayer of Fine Conduct and The Sukhavati Prayer, but if you do not know them, it is enough to say, "May I be born in Sukhavati!" By so doing, when you die (whether or not you are able to sustain your spiritual practice, or succeed in the practice of transference, or recognize the assemblies of peaceful and wrathful deities in the transitional process of reality-itself) two weeks after your death, you will determine that you have died; and before the messengers of Yama arrive, and before the verdict is made concerning your actions and their karmic consequences, with defiled extrasensory perception you will be aware of your past and future lives and the intermediate states. You will be able to demonstrate various paranormal abilities, and you will have great freedom to go where you will. At that time, hold Buddha Amitabha in mind, and go to Sukhavati. There is no doubt that you will go there simply by thinking of it.
The author of this text, Karma Chagme Rinpoche, was born in 1613. He took refuge, novice ordination, and eventually full ordination from the Karmapa at Tsurphu Monastery. He then entered Thupten Nyingling Monastery of the Zurmang tradition. In his 21st year he was given a public examination during the Monlam of the Karma Kagyu order before a gathering of 12,000 monks, which increased his already considerable renown as an outstanding scholar. Karma Chagme spent 13 years in retreat during which he meditated on the form of Avalokitesvara known as Jinasagara (Tib. Gyalwa Gyatso) as his chosen deity. Karma Chagme passed away in the year 1678 after announcing to thousands of his disciples that the time had come for him to depart to another realm. He revealed amazing signs at his death. It is said that he dissolved his mind into the heart of Buddha Amitabha, and after the cremation of his body many images of Avalokitesvara Jinasagara were found to be embossed on his bones.