A5: Explanation [Of] Teaching’s Forms
Fifth, [is] explanation [of] teaching’s forms.
This [teaching is by the] Great Vehicle’s Bodhisattvas’ [sūtra] treasury gathered.
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.
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.]
[With] Āgada medicine, [of] ten thousand sicknesses altogether curing, transcending [all the] relative [with] complete interpenetration, [it is] inconceivable.
[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!
[If] desiring [to] extensively praise [and] elaborate, [even] exhausting [a] kalpa, [this will still] not [be] complete. [Thus], those wise should personally know it.
– 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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