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Same @paulyso. I try to to lots of little things during my day to help people. I hand out compliments like candy. Compassion motivates me a lot more than liberation.
Many Pure Land Buddhists believe once they take refuge in Amida they will achieve liberation after this life. In all honesty I don't concern myself with that... the afterlife is unknowable. I guess I'll know if I'm liberated or not once I die. But I wouldn't bet on it. I believe Amida is with me always as per the sutras say. So he/she/they will be with me in death. Ispo facto.
If it ends up not being that way, I still wouldn't consider it a waste to focus on a compassionate figure.
@grackle Thank you I am very excited. The fact that Amida Buddha is a Buddha means he succeeded in his vows and there is already a place for me in a pure land. Focusing on his love helps me love myself and everyone else. It is good to emulate.
Sometimes I just randomly chant his name and it brings me a lot of peace. I can feel something. Similar to when I first started meditating. I think this will revitalize my practice.
If anyone is so inclined I recommend looking up Cleve Backster and his work with primary perception. It is very interesting.
"art comforts the disturbed
and disturbs the comfortable"