[38] How Are Āmítuófó’s Pure Land’s Excellences Unusual & Surpassingly Unique? 弥陀净土如何胜异超绝?


B2: Special Exhortation [Of] Sentient Beings [Who] Should Seek Rebirth With Giving Rise [To] Aspiration


Divided [In] Two [Parts]: First, Revelation [Of] Unsurpassable Cause [And] Condition, Second, Special Exhortation.

【解】: 净土殊胜,谓带业往生,横出三界,同居横具四土,开显四教法轮,众生圆净四土,圆见三身,圆证三不退,人民皆一生成佛。

[Explanation]: [The] Pure Land’s supreme excellence, [can be] said [as [1] being able to] carry [negative] karma [to be] reborn [there], horizontally exit [the] Three Realms, [2] together dwelling, horizontally complete [with the] Four Lands, [to] open [up and] reveal [the] Four Teachings’ Dharma wheels, [for] sentient beings [to] completely purify [the] Four Lands, completely see [the] Three Bodies, [and] completely realise [the] Three Non-Retrogressions, [for its] people [to] all [in] one lifetime accomplish Buddhahood. 


Three Realms (三界):

(1) Desire Realm (欲界)
(2) Form Realm (色界)
(3) Formless Realm (无色界)

Four Teachings (四教):

(1) Tripiṭaka Teaching (藏教) of the Small Vehicle (小乘)
(2) Common Teaching (通教) of the Small Vehicle above and Great Vehicle below
(3) Separate Teaching (别教) of the Great Vehicle (大乘)
(4) Complete Teaching (圆教) of the Buddha Vehicle (佛乘) with all above

Three Bodies (Trikāya: 三身):

(1) Manifestation Bodies (Nirmāṇakāya: 化身)
(2) Reward Body (Saṃbhogakāya: 报身)
(3) Dharma Body (Dharmakāya: 法身)

Three Non-Retrogressions (三不退):

(1) (Towards) Position’s (Of Buddhahood) Non-Retrogression (位不退)
(2) Practice’s (Of Bodhisattva Path) Non-Retrogression (行不退)
(3) Mindfulness’ Non-Retrogression (念不退)]


Such [and] other excellences [are] unusual [and] surpassingly unique. However, [they are] entirely of these two categories pointed [out and] revealed, [that] must [be] attentively studied.

– 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 and notes by Shen Shi’an

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