How To Use Sickness To Motivate Mindfulness Of Buddha? 如何用疾病激励念佛?


If situations encountered [are] not good, [you] should take a step back [to] think.


Try contemplating [how, in this] world, those better [than] me [are] indeed many, yet those not as good as me [are] likewise not few.


However, [having] attained [to be] not hungry [and] not cold, why envy [those with] great wealth [and] great honour?


Joyful [with what you have] naturally [and] content [with your] life, according [to whatever] encountered [be] with peace.


As such then, [this is] still able [to] transform afflictions [to] accomplish bodhi [i.e. enlightenment], how can it be that [this is] not able [to] transform worry, [pain and] suffering as peace [and] bliss.


If sickness linger, [you] should sorrowfully [be] mindful [of your] body as [the] root [of] suffering, give rise [to] utmost revulsed renunciation [to the cycle of birth and death], energetically cultivate pure karma, [and] vow [to] seek rebirth [in Pure Land].


All Buddhas [are] with suffering as [their] teacher, [for] reaching [and] accomplishing [the] Buddha path.


We should, with sickness as medicine, [to motivate instead of dishearten us], swiftly seek departure [from the otherwise endless cycle of birth and death, which has indefinitely more sicknesses to come].


[It] must [be] known [that as] bound ordinary beings, if without poverty, sickness [and] other [kinds of] suffering, [they] will [every] day run quickly [after] occasions of song, dance, sex, fame [and] gain, and not [be] able [to] stop.


Who [is] willing [to], when pleased [with oneself, complacent with] fame [and prestige], recollect thoughts [of] future sinking [and] drowning [in the bitter sea of birth and death]?

Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
First reply letter to layperson Dèng Bóchéng

Namo Amituofo : Translation by Shen Shi’an

Please be mindful of your speech, Amituofo!

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