Translations

Why Is It Easier To Reach Pure Land Than To Retain Human Rebirth? 为何得生净土比得人生容易?

‘来生做人,比临终往生还难…
求生西方,比求来生做人尚容易。’

– 净土宗十三祖印光大师
(复智正居士之母书)

[In the] next life becoming human [again], compared [with], when approaching [the] end [of this] life [being] reborn [in Āmítuófó’s Pure Land, the first is] more difficult, [due to much karmic misgivings in this life with many previous lives, and it being easy to break the Five Precepts (necessary for human rebirth) with only limited self-powered practice now, thus losing the human rebirth by falling into the three lower realms of hell-beings, hungry ghosts and animals]… 

Seeking birth [in Āmítuófó’s] Western [Pure Land], compared [with, in the] next life becoming human, [the first is] even easier, [as it is more difficult to break the precepts when also with sincere other-powered practice of mindfulness of Āmítuófó, which connects to his blessings to eradicate karmic misgivings, and to reach his Pure Land, which escapes the three lower realms and surpasses the human rebirth. There, no precepts will ever be broken again while there is the swiftest progress towards Buddhahood].

– Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
(Reply Letter To Layman Zhìzhèng’s Mother)

Namo Amituofo : Translation & notes by Shen Shi’an

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