Translations

[6] Amitābha Sūtra’s Teaching’s Forms《阿弥陀经》之教相 The Fifth Layer Of Profound Meaning 第五重玄义 Inconceivability 不可思议

甲五、明教相

A5: Explanation [Of] Teaching’s Forms

第五教相。

Fifth, [is] explanation [of] teaching’s forms.

此大乘菩萨藏摄。

This [teaching is by the] Great Vehicle’s Bodhisattvas’ [sūtra] treasury gathered.

又是无问自说,彻底大慈之所加持,能令末法多障有情,依斯径登不退。

Also, [it] was without asking self-spoken, completely [by the one with] great loving-kindness [i.e. Śākyamuni Buddha] that is empowered, able [to] enable [this Period Of] Ending [Of The] Dharma’s sentient beings [with] many obstacles, [to] rely [upon] this direct [path to] ascend [to] non-retrogression.

故当来经法灭尽,特留此经住世百年,广度含识。

Thus, [in the] future, [when] sūtras’ Dharma [teachings are] destroyed completely, [he will] specially retain this sūtra, [to] abide [in this] world [for a] hundred years [more, to] widely deliver sentient beings.

[Note: In the ‘Immeasurable Life Sūtra’《无量寿经》, Śākyamuni Buddha taught that it will be the last sūtra to exist. However, as ‘Amitābha Sūtra’ is considered to be like a smaller or more condensed version of Immeasurable Life Sūtra, it can be said that Amitābha Sūtra will the last to disappear too.]

阿伽陀药,万病总持,绝待圆融,不可思议。

[With] Āgada medicine, [of] ten thousand sicknesses altogether curing, transcending [all the] relative [with] complete interpenetration, [it is] inconceivable.

《华严》奥藏,《法华》秘髓,一切诸佛之心要,菩萨万行之司南,皆不出于此矣!

[The] ‘Flower Adornment [Sūtra’s] profound treasury, [the] ‘Dharma [Lotus] Flower [Sūtra’s] secret quintessence, [the] core essential [teachings] of all Buddhas, [and the] south-controlling [ladle] [i.e. compass] of Bodhisattvas’ ten thousand practices, [are] all not outside of this!

欲广叹述,穷劫莫尽,智者自当知之。

[If] desiring [to] extensively praise [and] elaborate, [even] exhausting [a] kalpa, [this will still] not [be] complete. [Thus], those wise should personally know it.

– 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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