Question: [Do the] thoroughly awakened [but yet to be Buddhas] still need [to be] reborn [in Pure Land or] not?
Answer: ‘Samantabhadra [Bodhisattva’s] King [Of Ten Great] Vows‘《普贤菩萨十大愿王》, guide [all to take] refuge [in the] Land [Of] Ultimate Bliss, [as even Bodhisattvas from the] First Ground to [the] Tenth Ground, [are] all said [to] not depart [from] mindfulness [of] Buddha.
[Verses Of Chán Master] ‘Yíshān’s Vows’《怡山发愿文》[says, ‘to] serve [the] ten directions’ all Buddhas, without having weariness.’
[In Chán Master] ‘Bǎizhàng’s Rules [For] Purity’, [for] teaching [and] recitation, sending off [the] deceased [and] other matters, none [do] not point [to] refuge [in] Pure Land.
Thus [did Chán Master] Tiānrú say, ‘If [having] awakened [to the] path, of Pure Land’s birth, [even] ten thousand bulls cannot pull [one away from this Aspiration].’
‘Yúnqī[‘s Collected Pure Land Sayings’《云栖净土汇语》says, ‘After awakening, [if] not aspiring [to be] reborn [in Pure Land, I] dare [to] guarantee [that this] old chap [has] yet [to be] awakened.’
Indeed, know [that] all those [who] say [there is] no need [to be] born [in] Pure Land, are all [with] increased conceit, [i.e. who have yet to realise excellent virtues but think they have], not truly those [who have] entered Bodhisattvahood.
Note: If even the greatest Bodhisattvas like Samantabhadra, who is thoroughly awakened see great worth in personally reaching Pure Land, and guiding all beings to reach it too, who are we, the thoroughly unawakened, to even imagine we should not reach Pure Land, to be completely awakened?
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