[13] Record Of Zhāng Zhōngkuí’s Rebirth 张钟馗往生记

Táng · Zhāng Zhōngkuí


From the Táng Dynasty, living in Cháng‘ān, Zhāng Zhōngkuí’s was with killing of chickens as his livelihood.


When approaching the end of life, due to arrival of his negative karmic retribution, he saw a pink-dressed person driving a flock of chickens before him, and to the flock of chickens loudly said, ‘Peck! Peck!’


They immediately came forward to peck his body and eyes, leading them to bleed endlessly, with unbearable pain.


Seeing this, a monastic named Venerable Hóngdào set up a Buddha image, [burnt incense, recited Āmítuófó’s name] and encouraged him to be mindful of [the] Buddha [by reciting Āmítuófó‘s name, simultaneously leading him to wholeheartedly focus on doing so]. [Bold text details from Lóngshū’s Pure Land Text《龙舒净土文》]


After Zhāng Zhōngkuí followed the teaching to do so, all of a sudden, fragrance filled the room, as the flock of chickens scattered and left, immediately following which, Zhāng Zhōngkuí, while sitting upright, departed to be reborn in Āmítuófó’s Pure Land. (Chronicles Of Buddhas And Patriarchs)

Record [Of] Pure Land Sages: Eighth [Section On] Miscellaneous Rebirths
Compiled by Péng Xīsù

Namo Amituofo : Translation by Shen Shi’an

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1 Comment

  • Excellent it is that the holy name of the Buddha can remove sins of evil karma of killing and make beings reborn in pure land.

    Friend, please continue sharing more testimonies of birth in pure land to inspire ignorant persons like me so that we can be born in sukhavati pure land.

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