Translations

The Seven Awakening Factors In Pure Land 净土之七菩提分

「 七菩提分 」 ,亦名七觉分:

[The] ‘Seven Bodhi Factors’, [are] also named [the] ‘Seven Awakening Factors’.

智慧观诸法时, 善能简别真伪,不谬取诸虚伪法,名择法觉分;

[1] When [with] wisdom contemplating all dharmas, able [to] well choose, [to] separate [the] true [from the] false, [to] not mistakenly obtain all false dharmas, [is] named ‘Choice [Of] Dharmas’ Awakening Factor’.

精进修诸道法时,善能觉了,不谬行于无益苦行,常勤心在真法中行,名精进觉分;

[2] When diligently cultivating all Dharma paths, able [to be] well aware [and] understand clearly, not mistakenly practise with ascetic practices without benefit, constantly [with the] diligent mind [with] true Dharma within practising, [is] named ‘Diligence’s Awakening Factor’.

若心得法喜,善能觉了此喜,不依颠倒之法而喜,住真法喜,名喜觉分;

[3] If [the] mind attains Dharma joy, able [to be] well aware [and] understand clearly this joy, not relying [upon] dharmas of inversion then joyous, abiding [upon] true Dharma joy, [is] named ‘Joy’s Awakening Factor’.

若断除诸见烦恼之时,善能觉了,除诸虚伪,不损真正善根,名除觉分;

[4] If when severing of all [evil] views [and] afflictions, able [to be] well aware [and] understand clearly, eradicate all [the] false, not damaging true [and] right good roots, [is] named ‘Eradication’s Awakening Factor’.

若舍所见念著境时,善能觉了所舍之境虚伪不实,永不追忆,名舍觉分;

[5] If when renouncing those sight [and] thought attached realms, able [to be] well aware [and] understand clearly those renounced realms [are] false [and] not true, forever not chasing after [or] recollecting [them, is] named ‘Renunciation’s Awakening Factor’.

若发诸禅定之时,善能觉了诸禅虚假,不生爱见妄想,名定觉分;    

[6] If when giving rise [to] all [kinds of] meditative concentrations, able [to be] well aware [and] understand clearly all meditations’ falseness [as they are impermanent and unsubstantial], not giving rise [to] attached views [and] false [thoughts, is] named ‘Concentration’s Awakening Factor’.

若修出世道时,善能觉了,常使定慧均平,

[7] If when cultivating [the] world-transcending path, able [to be] well aware [and] understand clearly, constantly enabling concentration [and] wisdom [to be] equal [and] balanced.

或心沉没,当念用择法、精进、喜三觉分以察起之,

Perhaps, [when the] mind [is] sunken [in drowsiness, there] should [be] using Choice [Of] Dharma, Diligence, [and] Joy [as] three Awakening Factors, for examining closely [and] arousing of [mindfulness].

或心浮动,当念用除、舍、定三觉分以摄持之,调和适中,名念觉分。

Perhaps, [when the] mind [is] floating [and] drifting, [there] should [be] using Eradication, Renunciation [and] Concentration [as] three Awakening Factors, for gathering [and] upholding of [mindfulness], harmoniously [and] moderately, [is] named ‘Mindfulness’ Awakening Factor’.

[Note:

Seven Awakening Factors (七觉分):

(1) To choose to focus upon the Pure Land Dharma Door (净土法门) is to practise Choice Of Dharmas’ Awakening Factor.

(2) To diligently cultivate mindfulness of the Buddha’s name as the path to perfect all paths is to practise Diligence’s Awakening Factor.

(3) To find joy in the Pure Land Dharma Door is to practise Joy’s Awakening Factor.

(4) To cultivate mindfulness of the Buddha’s name to sever evil views and afflictions is to practise Eradication’s Awakening Factor.

(5)
To renounce all experienced realms not of mindfulness of the Buddha’s name is to practise Renunciation’s Awakening Factor.

(6) To cultivate concentration with mindfulness of the Buddha’s name is to practise Concentration’s Awakening Factor.

(7) To cultivate wholehearted mindfulness of Buddha’s name (一心念佛) with profound Faith (深信) and sincere Aspiration (切愿) is to practise Mindfulness’ Awakening Factor. Upon reaching of Pure Land, with its blessings by Āmítuófó, these factors will most swiftly be perfected.]

– 净土宗九祖藕益大师
《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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