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5 ‘Pictures On Protection Of Lives’ 五幅《护生图》

《护生图》
Pictures On Protection Of Lives

丰子恺绘
弘一大师提
壁画版由其他画家彩

Drawings by Fēng Zikǎi
Calligraphy by Great Master Hóngyī

Coloured mural version by other artist(s)

平等

我肉众生肉,
名殊体不殊,
原同一种性,
只是別形躯。

宋黄庭坚

Equality

My flesh and other sentient beings’ flesh,
have names different but essence not different,
originally with the same one kind of nature,
only with other shapes and bodies.

Sòng Dynasty’s Huáng Tíngjiān

生离欤?
死别欤?


生离尝恻恻,
临行复回首,
此去不再还,
念儿儿知否?

弘一大师 

In Life Separated?
In Death Departed?  

In life separated tasting sorrow, 
when walking again looking back,
with this going away not again returning,
thinking of her children,
do her children know this or not?

Great Master Hóngyī

蚕的刑具

残杀百千命,
完成一袭衣,
唯知求适体,
岂毋伤仁慈。

弘一大师

Silkworms’ Execution Instrument

Savagely killing hundreds and thousands of lives,
to complete one suit of clothes,
only knowing to seek it to fit your body,
how can this not hurt your benevolence?

Great Master Hóngyī

倘使羊识字…

倘使羊识字,
泪珠落如雨。
口虽不能言,
心中暗叫苦。 

弘一大师 

If Goats Recognise Words…

If goats recognise words,
their teardrops will fall like rain.
With mouths although not able to speak,
their minds hidden within call out on suffering.   

Great Master Hóngyī

雀巢可俯而窥

人不害物,
物不惊扰,
犹如明月,
众星围绕。

弘一大师 

Sparrows’ Nest That Can Be Looked Down And Watched

With humans who do not harm animals,
animals will not be alarmed and disturbed,
just like the bright moon,
has many stars that surround.

Great Master Hóngyī 

Namo Amituofo : Translation by Shen Shi’an

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