Why Is Breaking Right Views Worse Than Breaking Precepts? 为何破见重过破戒?


[Śākyamuni] Buddha said [that] in [this] world, [there] are two [kinds of] people [with] misgivings. [The] first [are those who] break precepts, [and the] second are [those who] break [away from right] views [of his teachings].


[The] misgiving of breaking precepts [is] yet [relatively] light, [while the] misgiving of breaking [right] views [is] extremely heavy.


What is [to] break [away from right] views? [It] is as you had [wrongly] said, [that it is better to] seek [human rebirth (or even a heavenly rebirth) in the] next life, [to] not seek rebirth [in Āmítuófó’s Pure Land].

乃是邪执谬见。 乃是破坏佛法之邪见,及引一切人起邪执谬见。其罪极大极重。

[This] is evil attachment [to a] wrong view. [This] is [an] evil view [that] breaks [and] destroys [the] Buddha’s teachings, and [mis]guides all people [to] give rise [to] evil attachment [to this] wrong view. Such [a] misgiving [is] extremely great [and] extremely heavy [as it can lead many to be trapped in rebirth indefinitely, to not most swiftly progress towards Buddhahood via Āmítuófó’s Pure Land].


With such [a] mind and [the] Buddha’s [teachings] contrary [to each other, this] again, [is] thus able [to] misguide all people.

Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
Reply Letter To Layperson Zhìzhèng’s Mother

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Namo Amituofo : Translation by Shen Shi’an

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