Drunk [When] Living [And] Dreaming [When] Dying
[Being] ‘drunk [when] living [and] dreaming [when] dying’, [is a] common saying, [a] truthful [and] forthright saying.
Common people mostly [are] more or less [of the] poor [and] lowly, [and the] rich [and] honoured, [with these] two kinds:
those poor [and] lowly, [are] certainly [from] morning [to] evening busy, with striving for clothing [and] food;
those rich [and] honoured, [are] likewise [from] morning [to] evening busy, with enjoying [of] desired joys, [in terms of wealth, sex, fame, food and sleep,
with that] enjoyed not [the] same, [but] their busyness one [and the same].
Busy until death, then [with their bodies] ended, yet [their] minds [are] yet [to be] ended.
Embracing this [kind of] mind with rebirth, yet again [being re]born, yet again [being] busy, yet again dying, [after] death [being re]born, [and after re]birth dying, muddle-headed [and] dazed, as if drunk, as if dreaming, passing hundreds [of] thousands [of] kalpas, without ever [an] ending date.
[With] clear understanding [of this], by themselves [becoming] sober, those of great character should [be] thus!
Pure Land Tradition’s 8th Patriarch Great Master Liánchí
Essays Written [By The] Bamboo Window
Namo Amituofo : Translation & note by Shen Shi’an