Translations

[22] The Nature Of Pure Land’s Meritorious Virtues’ Adornments 净土功德庄严之性质

己二、结示佛力

F2: Conclusive Guidance [On] Buddha’s Power

【经】:舍利弗,极乐国土成就如是功德庄严。

[Sūtra]: Śāriputra, [the] Land [Of] Ultimate Bliss [is] accomplished [with] such meritorious virtues’ adornments.

【解】:明上住处生处种种庄严,皆是阿弥陀佛大愿大行称性功德之所成就。

[Explanation]: Explained above [are] dwelling places’ [and] birthplaces’ all kinds [of] adornments, [which] all are [by] Āmítuófó’s great vows [and] great practices’ Matching Nature’s meritorious virtues that [are] accomplished.

[Note 1: Matching Nature (称性) is what matches True Suchness (真如), which is Self-Nature (自性) of Buddha-Nature (佛性).]

故能遍严四种净土,普摄十方三世一切凡圣令往生也。

Thus able [to] everywhere adorn [the] four kinds [of] pure lands, [to] universally gather [the] ten directions’ [and] three periods’ all ordinary [and] noble [beings, to] enable [them to be] reborn [there].

复次,佛以大愿作众生多善根之因,以大行作众生多福德之缘,令信愿持名者,念念成就如是功德,而皆是已成,非今非当。

Furthermore, [the] Buddha with [his] great vows made [as] sentient beings’ cause of [having] many good roots, [and] with [his] great practices made [as] sentient beings’ conditions of [having] many blessed virtues, enable those [with] Faith [and] Aspiration upholding [his] name, [from] thought [to] thought, [to] accomplish such meritorious virtues. Yet, all [of these] were already accomplished, not [being accomplished] now, [and] not [in the] future.

此则以阿弥种种庄严作增上本质,带起众生自心种种庄严,全佛即生,全他即自,故曰「成就如是功德庄严」。

This thus [is] with Āmítuófó’s all kinds [of] adornments made [as] superior Original Qualities’ [realm, to] raise sentient beings’ own minds’ all kinds [of] adornments, entirely [with the] Buddha’s the same as sentient beings’, entirely [with the] Other’s the same as Self’s, thus called ‘accomplished [with] such meritorious virtues’ adornments’.

[Note 2: ‘Original Qualities’ (本质) is short for ‘Original Qualities’ realm’ (本质境).]

– 净土宗九祖澫益大师
《佛说阿弥陀经要解》

– 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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