Below is the fifth of the last seven questions and answers in the Rebirth Treatise’s Commentary’s Lower Scroll, as titled for easier reference.]
Why Is Slander Of The Dharma A Heavy Transgression?
Question: [Of] such compared [and] calculated, [this ‘slander of the right Dharma’] however is [a] personal matter. Of [other] sentient beings, [they] have what suffering [and] afflictions [as a result, such that this slander] exceeds of [the] Five Heinous [Transgressions as a] heavier transgression?
Answer: If without all Buddhas [and] Bodhisattvas speaking [of] worldly [and] world-transcending good paths, [to] teach [and] transform those sentient beings, how can [they] know, [to] have benevolence, righteousness, propriety, wisdom [and] trustworthiness?
Thus [are] all worldly good Dharmas all severed, [and] world-transcending virtuous noble [ones] all ‘eradicated’.
You only know [the] Five Heinous Transgressions as heavy, yet not knowing [the] Five Heinous Transgressions, [are] from [being] without [the] right Dharma, [that are] born.
Therefore, [of] people [who] slander [the] right Dharma, their transgressions [are the] most heavy.
(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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