Translations

How To Avoid Evil & Practise Good? 如何止恶行善?

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诸恶莫作,众善奉行。

[Of] all evils [do] not do [them, and of] all good practise [them].

起一念不正心,即是恶。

Giving rise [to] one thought [that is] not [with the] right mind, [this] immediately is evil.

必须洗涤净尽。非谓行之于事,方为恶也。

[There] must [be] cleansing [to] purify [the mind] completely, not saying [that only with the] doing of [an evil] matter, [is it] then as evil.

凡属主敬存诚,希圣希贤之念头,即是善。

[For] all belonging [to the mind], managing [with] reverence [and] maintaining sincerity, hoping [to follow the] thoughts [of the] noble, [and] hoping [to follow the thoughts of the] virtuous, [this] immediately is good.

必须扩充令其由中达外,圆满无缺。

[There] must [be] extending, [to] enable that [from] within reaching without, completely [and] without defect.

世之大恶,莫过于杀生食肉。

Of [the] world’s great evils, none surpasses [that] of killing [of] lives [and] eating [of] meat.

若能自由,即可断荤。

If able [to be] free [to decide], immediately can [one] sever [from] meat.

否则,心生怜悯,勿贪多食。

Otherwise, [with the] mind giving rise [to] empathy, [do] not [have] greed [for] much eating [of meat].

世间大善,莫过于自己念佛求生西方,又种种方便劝父母兄弟,妻子眷属,乡党邻里,亲戚朋友,及一切有缘者,同念佛求生西方。

[Of] worldly great good, none surpasses of oneself being mindful [of Amitābha] Buddha[‘s name: ‘Āmítuófó’, to] seek birth [in his] Western [Pure Land Of Ultimate Bliss], also [with] many kinds [of] skilful means, encouraging Fathers, Mothers, brothers, [sisters, husbands], wives, children, [other] family members, villagers, neighbours, relatives [and] friends, and all those with [karmic] affinity, [to] together [be] mindful [of] Buddha [to] seek birth [in his] Western [Pure Land].

净土宗十三祖印光大师
Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
(复佛心居士书)
(Reply letter to layperson Fóxīn)

Namo Amituofo : Translation by Shen Shi’an

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