[Of] humans conducting [themselves in this] world, each has that fond [of], also [with] each according [to] that fond [of], with [it] passing the days, and for spending one’s last years. However, [their] purity [and] defilements [are] not [the] same.
Those utmost defiled [are] fond [of] wealth, next fond [of] sex, next fond [of] drinking [alcohol].
[Those] slightly [more] pure, thus [are] perhaps fond [of] antiques, or fond [of] zither [and] chess, or fond [of] mountains and rivers [in paintings or travels], or fond [of] reciting poetry.
Further advancing, thus [is] fondness [of] reading books.
[As] opening scrolls is beneficial, within all [that] fond [of], reading books [is] as [the] supreme!
However, these [are] still [of] worldly Dharma [i.e. phenomena].
Further advancing, thus [is] fondness [of] reading [the] inner classics [i.e. Buddhist scriptures].
Further advancing, thus [is] fondness [of] purifying their minds.
[With] fondness utmost of purification [of] their minds, [this] then, [is] of [that] worldly [and] world-transcending fond of, [the] most supreme!
Gradually entering [the] most excellent state, [this is] like eating sugar cane, [as an] analogy, [increasingly sweet when chewed].
Pure Land Tradition’s 8th Patriarch Great Master Liánchí
Essays Written [By The] Bamboo Window
Namo Amituofo : Translation by Shen Shi’an