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What Sicknesses Also Need Dharma Medicine? 何病还须法药医?Why Be Pure Veg(etari)ans Or With Threefold Purity? 为何净素或三净?

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【谈念佛】
[On Mindfulness Of Buddha]

医药为治病之本,而大医王之法药,又为治业之本。

Medical medicine [is] for curing roots of sicknesses, and [the] Dharma medicine of [the Unsurpassable] Great King Of Healers [i.e. Amitābha Buddha, by sincere mindfulness of his name: ‘Āmítuófó’, is] also for curing [the] roots of [negative] karma.

病由业生者多。

Those [with] sicknesses born from karma [are] many.

由外感内伤而得者,药能治之。

[For] those from [the] external affected [to have] internal injuries then attained, medicine [is] able [to] cure of.

由业而生者,药不能治,唯法药能治之。

Those from karma then born, [that] medicine [is] not able [to] cure, only Dharma medicine [is] able [to] cure of.

能兼世药法药以治诸疾,则若自若他,俱获实益矣。

[If] able [to] simultaneously [take] worldly medicine [and] Dharma medicine for curing all sicknesses, thus if oneself or others [doing so, all] together [will] obtain true benefits.

【谈吃素】
[On Eating As Veg(etari)ans]

茹素及三净,宜斟酌行之。

Eating [as] veg[etari]ans, and [of] threefold pure [meat], should [be] considered [for] practice.

能净素,则净素。

[If] able [to be] pure veg[etari]ans, thus [be] pure veg[etari]ans.

不能,则三净亦可。

[If] not able, thus [with] threefold pure [meat from animals not seen, heard and suspected to be killed for you is] also permitted. [Note: It is challenging to ensure meat eaten is not suspected to be from your demand, by regular purchase and/or consumption.]

但宜多食菜,少食肉耳。

However, [one] should eat more vegetables, [and] eat less meat.

世有愚人,谓己未净素,便安意多食肉,则其过非浅。

[This] world has foolish people, calling themselves [to] yet [be] pure veg[etari]ans, then [with] ‘relieved’ minds eating much meat, thus [with] their transgressions [becoming] not shallow.

宜发菩提心,誓度此所食之生。

[They] should give rise [to the] Bodhi mind [i.e. Bodhicitta], vowing [to] deliver these sentient beings that [are] eaten.

且不安意多食则可耳。

Thus, not [with] ‘relieved’ minds eating much, [is] thus permitted. [Note: As stated above as the first priority, since it is best to be pure veg(etari)ans, those who eat threefold pure meat should still practise towards being so.]

净土宗十三祖印光大师
Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
(复志梵居士书二)
(Second reply letter [to] layperson Zhìfàn)

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