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[04] Fourth Chapter On Dharma Treasury’s Causal Ground (Of Immeasurable Life Sūtra)《无量寿经》法藏因地第四

法藏因地第四
Fourth [Chapter On] Dharma Treasury’s Causal Ground

时有国王,闻佛说法,心怀悦豫,寻发无上正真道意。弃国捐王,行作沙门,号曰法藏。高才勇哲,与世超异。诣世自在王如来所,稽首佛足,右绕三匝,长跪合掌,以颂赞曰:

Then, [there] was [a] king, [who] heard [the] Buddha speak [the] Dharma, [and with his] mind filled [with] joy, sought [to] give rise [to the] intention [of attaining the] unsurpassable right [and] true path. Relinquishing [his] kingdom [and] renouncing kingship, practising [to] become [a] śramaṇa, [he was] named [as] Dharma Treasury. Highly talented, courageous [and] wise, with [the] world surpassed [in] extraordinariness. Visiting where King [Of] World [Of] Ease Thus Come [One was, he] prostrated [at the] Buddha’s feet, [to the] right circumambulated three rounds, long knelt [with] joined palms, [and] with praises said:

『光颜巍巍,
威神无极。
如是炎明,
无与等者。

“[With] radiant appearance imposing,
[and] majestic supernormal [powers] without limit.
Such flaming brightness,
[is] without that equal with.

日月摩尼,
珠光焰耀,
皆悉隐蔽,
犹如聚墨。

[The] sun’s, moon’s [and] maṇi
gem’s lights [with] flames dazzling,  
[are] all concealed [and] covered,
similar to [the] gathering [of] ink.

如来颜容,
超世无伦。
正觉大音,
响流十方。

[The] Thus Come [One’s] countenance,
surpasses [the] world without match.
[The] Rightly Awakened [One’s] great voice
resounds [and] spreads [in the] ten directions.

戒闻精进,
三昧智慧,
威德无侣,
殊胜希有。

[With] precepts, learning, diligence,
samādhi, wisdom,
[and] majestic virtues without companion,
especially excellent [and] rare.

深谛善念,
诸佛法海,
穷深尽奥,
究其涯底。

Deeply examining [with] good mindfulness,
all [of the] Buddha’s Dharma ocean,
exhausting [its] depth, [to the] end [of the] hidden,
eventually [to] its boundary [and] bottom.

无明欲怒,
世尊永无。
人雄师子,
神德无量。

[Of] ignorance, desires [and] anger,
[the] World-Honoured [One is] forever without [them].
[As] humanity’s hero [and] lion,
[with] majestic virtues immeasurable.

功勋广大,
智慧深妙,
光明威相,
震动大千。

[With] meritorious deeds vast [and] great,
wisdom profound [and] wonderful,
[with] bright light [and] majestic forms,
shaking [the] great thousandfold [world].

愿我作佛,
齐圣法王。
过度生死,
靡不解脱。

May I become [a] Buddha
equal [to the] noble Dharma King.
Crossing [and] delivering [beings from] birth [and] death,
[with] none not liberated.

布施调意,
戒忍精进,
如是三昧,
智慧为上。

[With] generosity taming minds,
precepts, patience [and] diligence,
such [with] samādhi
[and] wisdom as supreme.

吾誓得佛,
普行此愿。
一切恐惧,
为作大安。

I vow [to] attain Buddhahood,
[to] universally practise these vows.
[Of] all [beings with] fear,
for [them] as [the source of] great peace.

假令有佛,
百千亿万,
无量大圣,
数如恒沙。

If [there] are Buddhas
[of a] hundred thousand koṭis [of] ten thousand,
immeasurable Great Sages,
numbering like [the] Ganges’ sands.

供养一切,
斯等诸佛,
不如求道,
坚正不却。

Making offerings [to] all,
these [and] all other Buddhas,
[this] is not as good as seeking [the] path
resolutely, uprightly [and] not retreating.

譬如恒沙,
诸佛世界,
复不可计,
无数刹土,

For example, like [the] Ganges’ sands,
[of] all Buddhas’ worlds,
even [in those] incalculable
innumerable lands,

光明悉照,
遍此诸国。
如是精进,
威神难量。

[With] bright light all illuminating,
everywhere [in] all these worlds.
[With] such diligence,
[and] majestic supernormal [powers] difficult [to] measure.

令我作佛,
国土第一。
其众奇妙,
道场超绝。

If I become [a] Buddha,
[my] land [will be the] foremost.
Its assembly [will be] unique [and] wonderful,
[in a] place [for realising the] path surpassing.

国如泥洹,
而无等双。
我当愍哀,
度脱一切。

[My] land [will be] like Nirvāṇa
and without equal [or] two.
I will, [with] empathy,
deliver [and] liberate all.

十方来生,
心悦清净,
已至我国,
快乐安隐。

[The] ten directions’ [beings who] come [to be] born,
[with] minds joyful [and] pure,
[having] already reached my land,
[will have] happiness, bliss [and] tranquillity.

幸佛明信,
是我真证。
发愿于彼,
力精所欲。

[May the] Buddha please confirm [my] faith,
[and] be my true witness.
[Having] given rise [to] vows for that,
[I will] strive diligently [for] that desired.

十方世尊,
智慧无碍,
常令此尊,
知我心行。

[May the] ten directions’ World-Honoured [Ones’]
wisdom unobstructed,
constantly enable these honoured [ones],
[to] know my mind’s conduct.

假使身止,
诸苦毒中,
我行精进,
忍终不悔。』」

If [my] body dwells,
[in] all poisons [of] suffering within,
I [will] practise diligently,
enduring [to the] end [with] no regrets.”’

佛告阿难:「法藏比丘说此颂已,而白佛言:『唯然世尊,我发无上正觉之心。愿佛为我广宣经法,我当修行,摄取佛国清净庄严无量妙土。令我于世,速成正觉,拔诸生死勤苦之本。』」

[The] Buddha told Ānanda, ‘Dharma Treasury Bhikṣu, [having] spoken these praises already, then [to the] Buddha said, “It is so, World-Honoured [One, that] I [have] given rise [to the] mind of [aspiration for] unsurpassable right awakening. May [the] Buddha, for me, extensively proclaim [the] sūtras’ Dharma, [that] I should cultivate practices, [to] gather [and] receive Buddha lands’ pure adornments [for an] immeasurably wonderful land. Enable me [to], in [this] world, quickly accomplish right awakening, [to] remove all births’ [and] deaths’ roots of toilsome suffering.”‘

佛告阿难:「时世自在王佛,语法藏比丘:『如所修行,庄严佛土,汝自当知。』

[The] Buddha told Ānanda, ‘Then, King [Of] World [With] Ease Buddha, said [to] Dharma Treasury Bhikṣu, “As [for] those [to be] cultivated practices, [to] adorn [a] Buddha land, you yourself should know [them].”

比丘白佛:『斯义弘深,非我境界。唯愿世尊,广为敷演诸佛如来净土之行。我闻此已,当如说修行,成满所愿。』

[The] Bhikṣu said [to the] Buddha, “These meanings [are] vast [and] profound, [and] not [of] my realm. [I] only wish [the] World-Honoured [One], to extensively elaborate [and] expound all Buddha Thus Come [Ones’] practices [of] Pure Lands. I, [having] heard these already, will as spoken, cultivate [the] practices, [to] accomplish fully that vowed.”

尔时世自在王佛,知其高明,志愿深广。即为法藏比丘而说经言:『譬如大海,一人斗量,经历劫数,尚可穷底,得其妙宝。人有至心精进,求道不止,会当克果,何愿不得?』

At that time, King [Of] World [With] Ease Buddha, knew [that] he [had] wisdom lofty [and] bright, [with] aspirations profound [and] vast. Immediately for Dharma Treasury Bhikṣu then spoke [this] sūtra’s words, “For example, [the] great ocean, [with] one person’s measuring dipper, passing through numerous kalpas, can still reach [its] bottom, [to] attain its wonderful treasures. [As a] person having [the] sincere mind [and] diligence, [to] seek [the] path unceasingly, will definitely [be] able [to attain its] fruit, what vow cannot [be] attained?”

于是世自在王佛,即为广说二百一十亿诸佛刹土,天人之善恶,国土之粗妙,应其心愿,悉现与之。

Thereupon, King [Of] World [With] Ease Buddha, immediately for [him], extensively spoke [of] two hundred [and] ten koṭīs [of] all Buddha lands, [their] heavenly [and] human [beings’] good [and] evil, [with the] coarseness [and subtle] wonders of [their] lands, responding [to] his mind’s wishes, all appearing for him.

时彼比丘,闻佛所说严净国土,皆悉睹见,起发无上殊胜之愿。其心寂静,志无所著。一切世间,无能及者。具足五劫,思惟摄取庄严佛国清净之行。」

Then, that Bhikṣu, [having] heard that [the] Buddha spoke [on] adorning Pure Lands, [with] all [of them] seen, gave rise [to] vows of unsurpassable special excellence. His mind [was] tranquil, [and his] aspirations without that attached [to]. All [in the] world, [were] not able [to be] equal [to] him. [For] five complete kalpas, [he] contemplated [on] gathering [and] receiving [the] pure practices of adorning Buddha lands.’

阿难白佛:「彼佛国土,寿量几何?」

Ānanda said [to the] Buddha, ‘[In] that Buddha land, how long [was the] lifespan [there]?’

佛言:「其佛寿命,四十二劫。」

[The] Buddha said, ‘That Buddha’s lifespan, [was] forty-two kalpas.’

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