Quotes Translations

Verse On Ageing, Sickness & Death 老病死偈

渐渐鸡皮鹤发,
看看行步龙钟。

假饶金玉满堂,
难免衰残老病。

任你千般快乐,
无常终是到来。

唯有径路修行,
但念阿弥陀佛。

– 净土宗二祖善导大师

Gradually, as skin wrinkles and hair turns crane-white,
examine how our walking becomes weak and frail.
Even if with abundant gold and jade filling the hall,
it is difficult to avoid decline with aging and sickness.
No matter, even if you have a thousand kinds of happiness,
impermanence in the end still arrives.
Only left is the path for cultivating practice,
with only mindfulness of Amituofo [Amitabha Buddha].

– Pure Land Tradition’s Second Patriarch Great Master Shandao

Please be mindful of your speech, Amituofo!

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