Below is the third of the last seven questions and answers in the Rebirth Treatise’s Commentary’s Lower Scroll, as titled for easier reference.]
Can Those Without Heinous Transgressions But With Slander Of The Dharma Attain Birth In Pure Land?
Question: If one person [is] compete [with the] Five Heinous Transgressions, yet not slandering [the] right Dharma, [the Contemplation] Sūtra allows attaining [of] birth.
Again, [if there is] one person, [who] only slanders [the] right Dharma, yet [is] without [the] Five Heinous [and] many [other] transgressions, [can] that [person who] aspires [for] rebirth, attain birth or not?
Answer: Only causing slander [of the] right Dharma, although also without other transgressions, [one] definitely [will] not attain birth. Why [is it] with [this] said?
People [with the] Five Heinous [Transgressions, will] fall [into the] Avīci Great Hell within, completely receiving one kalpa’s heavy transgressions’ [retribution].
People [who] slander [the] right Dharma, [will] fall [into the] Avīci Great Hell within, [with] this kalpa if exhausted, again transferred [to] reach another direction’s Avīci Great Hell within, thus passing through [a] hundred thousand Avīci Great Hells, [with the] Buddhas not predicting [the] time [of] attaining exit, with slander [of the] Dharma’s transgressions extremely heavy thus.
Also, that right Dharma, is the same as [the] Buddhas’ teachings. These ignorant people, since [having] given rise [to] slander [of them], how can [they have reason] of having Aspiration [to be] born [in the] Buddha’s land?
If only [with] greed [for] that land’s peace [and] bliss, then aspiring [for] birth, likewise [are] they like seeking of ice [that is] not water, fire [that is] without smoke. How can [these] be attained reasonably?
(Immeasurable Life Sūtra’s Upadeśa’s Verses [On] Aspiration [For] Birth: Upper Scroll)
Written [by] Vasubandhu Bodhisattva
Translation [by] Bodhiruci
Commentary [by] Great Master Tánluán
Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an
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