D2: Special Explanation [Of] Founder [And] Companions
Divided [In] Two [Parts]: First, Special Explanation,
Second, Conclusive Guidance.
E1: Special Explanation
Also [In] Two [Parts] First, Founder,
This also explains [the] line ‘now speaking [the] Dharma’ within [the] special preface.
[Sūtra]: Śāriputra, since Amitā[bha] Buddha accomplished Buddhahood, from now, [it has been] ten kalpas.
[Explanation]: This explains [the] Land [Of] Ultimate Bliss’ founder’s accomplishment.
However, [as his] Dharma Body [is] without accomplishment [and] without non-accomplishment, [it] should not [be] discussed [in] kalpas.
[Note 1: The Dharma Body (Dharmakāya) is without accomplishment, as it already is the true nature of all sentient beings, although yet to be realised by all. It is without non-accomplishment, as it still needs to be realised, to be able to function with it. Since it is timelessly present, be it realised or not, it cannot be discussed in terms of time.]
[His] Reward Body’s perfect fruit completed named accomplishment, [and his] Manifestation Bodies for sentient beings manifesting births named accomplishment, can all [be] discussed [in] kalpas.
[Note 2: As his Reward Buddha (Saṃbhogakāya) was accomplished ten kalpas ago, which is also when he is first able to have Manifestation Bodies (Nirmāṇakāyas), both of these bodies can be discussed in terms of time.]
Also, [his] Dharma Body, due [to] cultivation [of] virtues revealed, likewise can [be] discussed [to have] accomplishment discussed [in] kalpas.
[His] Reward Body [is] without another newly attained [one, and his] Manifestation Bodies [are like the] moon[‘s reflections] ‘sealed’ [upon] rivers, likewise without accomplishment [and] non-accomplishment, [which] should not [be] discussed [in] kalpas.
[Note 3: His Reward Body is without accomplishment, as it already was his true nature, although yet to be realised before ten kalpas ago. It is without non-accomplishment, as it still needed to be realised, to be able to function with it, such as by having Manifestation Bodies manifested from it. Since it is timelessly present, be it realised or not, it cannot be discussed in terms of time.]
However, [when] all Buddhas accomplish [the] path, each has [the] source [and] signs, [with the] original ground [that] also cannot [be] measured.
Moreover, restricting [to, in the] Land of] Ultimate Bliss manifesting accomplishment of signs then speaking, [this] is the same as [the] Three Bodies [i.e Trikāya] once accomplished [with] all accomplished. Likewise is [this] not accomplishment [and] not non-accomplishment, then discussed [as] accomplishment.
Also, [the] Buddha’s lifespan [is] immeasurable, now only [having passed] ten kalpas.
Thus [is he] now speaking [the] Dharma, [with this] time right, yet [to] end.
[This] universally exhorts [the] three periods’ sentient beings [to] swiftly seek rebirth [there, to be the] same [as the] Buddha [in] lifespan, [in] one lifetime accomplishing [as Buddhas].
Furthermore, [the] below text [speaks of] innumerable Voice-Hearers [i.e. Śrāvakas], Bodhisattvas and [those at the] Stage [Of] One Life [To] Replacement [Of Buddhas], all [who were within] ten kalpas [with] these [fruits] accomplished.
[This] truly shows [that] those [of the] ten directions’ three periods reborn [there to be] non-retrogressible [are] many, [with this] moreover easy.
– Pure Land Tradition’s 9th Patriarch Great Master Ǒuyì
(Essential Explanation [Of The] Sūtra [In Which The] Buddha Speaks [Of] Amitā[bha] Buddha)
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