Translations

How To Do Your Part & More To Support Reach Of Pure Land? 如何尽分而助得往生?

然人生世间,不可无所作为。

Thus, humans born in [this] world, cannot [be] without that [meaningfully] done [and] accomplished.

但自尽谊尽分,决不于谊分之外,有所觊觎(jìyú)。

Only personally [do that to be done] utmost appropriately [and] utmost [to one’s] part. Definitely not of [what] beyond [the] appropriate [and one’s] part, having that coveted [for].

士农工商,各务其业,以为养身养家之本。

[Of] scholars, farmers, artisans, merchants [and others], each [should] serve [well in] their occupation, for [the] foundation of supporting oneself [and] supporting [one’s] family.

随分随力执持佛号,决志求生。

According [to one’s] part [and] according [to one’s] ability, firmly uphold [the] Buddha’s name, [with] definite [Faith and] Aspiration [to] seek birth [in his Pure Land].

凡有力能及之种种善事,或出资,或出言,为之赞助。

All [who] have [the] ability [are] able [to do more] extensively, of many kinds [of] good deeds, perhaps contributing funds [for what is good], or speaking [for promoting what is good], for sponsoring [and] supporting [them].

否则发随喜心,亦属功德。

Otherwise, give rise [to the] mind [of] accordingly rejoicing [in others’ good done, which] also belongs [to being] meritorious virtues.

以此培植福田,作往生之助行。

With this cultivating fields [of] blessings, being rebirth [in Pure Land’s] Supportive Practices, [while mindfulness of Buddha’s name above is the Main Practice (正行)].

如顺水扬帆,更加橹棹(lǔzhào),其到岸也,不更快乎。

Like [according] with [the] current setting sail, even more, [with] oars rowing, [is] your reaching [of the other] shore, not even faster [then]?

净土宗十三祖印光大师
Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
复宁波某居士书
Letter To A Certain Níngbō Layperson

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

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