Táng · Zhāng Zhōngkuí
From the Táng Dynasty, living in Cháng‘ān, Zhāng Zhōngkuí’s entire life 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 and encouraged him to be mindful of Buddha [by reciting Āmítuófó‘s name].
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. (Buddhist Patriarchs’ Gathered Records)
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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