Translations

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

若境遇不嘉者,当作退一步想。

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

试思世之胜我者固多,而不如我者亦复不少。

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

但得不饥不寒,何羡大富大贵。

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

乐天知命,随遇而安。

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

如是则尚能转烦恼成菩提,岂不能转忧苦作安乐耶。

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.

若疾病缠绵者,当痛念身为苦本,极生厌离,力修净业,誓求往生。

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].

诸佛以苦为师,致成佛道。

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

吾人当以病为药,速求出离。

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].

须知具缚凡夫,若无贫穷疾病等苦,将日奔驰于声色名利之场,而莫之能已。

[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.

谁肯于得意烜赫(xuǎnhè)之时,回首作未来沉溺之想乎。

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]?

净土宗十三祖印光大师
Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
复邓伯诚居士书一
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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