Translations

Why Have Advanced Preparation For Rebirth? 为何预先准备往生?

人生世间,无论久暂,终有一死。

[Of every] human life [in this] world, regardless [of it being] long [or] short, [in the] end, [there will be the approach of] a death.

其死不足惜,其死而所归之处,可不预为安顿乎。

[Of] that death, [it is] not worth [feeling] pity. [Of] that death, of [the] place [that is to] ‘return’ [to], how [can we] not in advance arrange for [doing so]?

有力量者,自己预为安顿妥帖,则临终固不须他人为之辅助。

[For] those with strength, [they should] personally in advance arrange for [so] satisfactorily [with sufficient learning and practice], thus [when] approaching [the] end [of life], indeed not needing other people’s assistance [of guidance and support-chanting] for [them].

然能辅助,则更为得力。

However, [if] able [to have] assistance, [they will] thus [be] even more capable [and efficient].

无力量者,当令家属代为念佛,则必能提起正念,不致恩爱牵缠,仍旧被爱情所缚,住此莫出也。

Those without strength, should enable family members [to] represent [them], for [them being] mindful [of] Buddha. Thus [will they] definitely [be] able [to] uphold right mindfulness, not causing affectionate love [to be] entangled [in, to] still remain [being] bound by love. [If] abiding [in] this, [they will] not [be able to] exit [from the cycle of birth and death].

净土宗十三祖印光大师
Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
复黄涵之居士书一
First reply letter to layperson Huáng Hánzhī

Namo Amituofo : Translation by Shen Shi’an

Please be mindful of your speech, Amituofo!

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