[14] Āmítuófó’s Pure Land’s Name & Four Lands 弥陀净土之名与四土


[Explanation]: [With] ‘is [a] world named “Ultimate Bliss”‘,  [this] Preface relies [upon the] name of [the] Reward Land.


Vertically restricted [to the] three times with distinguishing [temporal] periods, horizontally restricted [to the] ten directions with definite [spatial] boundaries, [is] thus named ‘world’.


That ‘Ultimate Bliss’, [in] Sanskrit [is] ‘Sukhāvatī’ [i.e. ‘Blissful’], also called ‘Peaceful Nurturing’, ‘Peaceful Bliss’, ‘Pure Peace’ [and] others, thus forever departed [from] all suffering, of foremost tranquility [in] meaning, as below extensively explains.


However, [the] Buddha Land has Four [Lands], each divided [into the] pure [and] defiled.


[The] Land [Of] Ordinary [And] Noble [Beings] Together Dwelling, [is with] those [of the] Five Defilements heavy defiled, [and] those [of the] Five Defilements light pure.


[The] Land [Of] Expedience With Remainder, [is with] those [with] analysis [of] emptiness clumsily delivered [and] realised entered defiled, [and] those [with] experience [of] emptiness skilfully delivered [and] realised entered pure.


[The] Land [Of] True Reward Without Obstacles, [is with] those one after another [with the] Three Contemplations realised entered defiled, [and] those [with] one mind [with the] Three Contemplations realised entered pure.


Three Contemplations (三观者):

(1) Emptiness Contemplation (空观) 
(2) Provisional (False[ly Named]) Contemplation (假观)
(3) Middle [Path’s] Contemplation (中观)]


[The] Land [Of] Eternal Still Light, [is with] those partially realised defiled, [and] those thoroughly [and] completely realised pure.


Now called [the] Land [Of] ‘Ultimate Bliss’, precisely refers [to the] Together Dwelling Pure Land, [which] likewise is horizontally complete [with the] above three Pure Lands.

– 净土宗九祖澫益大师

– Pure Land Tradition’s 9th Patriarch Great Master Ǒuyì
(Essential Explanation [Of The] Sūtra [In Which The] Buddha Speaks [Of] Amitā[bha] Buddha)

Namo Amituofo : Translation by Shen Shi’an

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