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[04] Fourth Chapter On Ānanda’s Teaching Request (Of Immeasurable Life Sūtra)《无量寿经》阿难启请第四

阿难启请第四
[04] Fourth [Chapter On] Ānanda’s Teaching Request

尔时世尊,诸根悦豫,姿色清净,光颜巍巍。

At that time, all [of the] World-Honoured [One’s] roots [were] joyous, [with] countenance [and] form pure, [and] radiant complexion imposing.

尊者阿难,承佛圣旨,即从座起,偏袒右肩,长跪合掌,而白佛言:「今日世尊,诸根悦豫,姿色清净,光颜巍巍。如明镜净,影畅表里。威容显耀,超绝无量。未常瞻睹殊妙如今。唯然大圣。

Venerable Ānanda, [having] received [the] Buddha’s noble intention, immediately from [his] seat arose, bared [his] right shoulder, long knelt [with] joined palms, and [to the] Buddha said, ‘Today, all [of the] World-Honoured [One’s] roots [are] joyous, [with] countenance [and] form pure, [and] radiant complexion imposing. Like [a] bright mirror pure, reflecting clearly outwards [and] inwards. [Your] majestic countenance [is] prominent [and] glorious, surpassing [and] immeasurable. Never yet respectfully seen [is a] special wonder like [this] now. It is so, Great Sage.

我心念言:『今日世尊住奇特之法,今日世雄住诸佛所住,今日世眼住导师之行,今日世英住最胜之道,今日天尊行如来之德。去来现在佛佛相念,得无今佛念诸佛耶?何故威神光光乃尔?』」

[In] my mind, I said, “Today, [the] World-Honoured [One] abides [in the] Dharma that [is] extraordinary [and] special. Today, [the] World’s Hero abides [in] that all Buddhas abide. Today, [the] World’s Eye abides [in the] practice of guiding teachers. Today, [the] World’s Outstanding [One] abides [in the] most excellent of paths. Today, [the] Heavens’ Honoured [One] practises [the] virtues of Thus Come [Ones. As] past, future [and] present Buddhas [are] mindful [of] one another, perhaps [the] Buddha [is] now mindful [of] all Buddhas? [For] what reason [is his] majestic supernormal light [with] light like this?”’

于是世尊告阿难曰:「云何阿难,诸天教汝来问佛耶,自以慧见问威颜乎?」

Thereupon, [the] World-Honoured [One] told Ānanda, ‘Why, Ānanda, [did] all heavenly [beings] instruct you [to] come [to] ask [the] Buddha, [or did] you personally with wisdom’s view ask [about my] majestic countenance?’

阿难白佛:「无有诸天来教我者,自以所见问斯义耳。」

Ānanda said [to the] Buddha, ‘[I did] not have all those heavenly [beings] come [to] instruct me, [as I] personally with that seen, asked [for what] this means.’

佛言:「善哉阿难,所问甚快。发深智慧,真妙辩才,愍念众生,问斯慧义。

[The] Buddha said, ‘Excellent, Ānanda, that asking [was] extremely fast. Arising [from] profound wisdom, [and] truly wonderful eloquence, [with] empathy mindful [of] sentient beings, asking [for] this wisdom’s meaning.

如来以无尽大悲,矜哀三界,所以出兴于世,光阐道教。欲拯济群萌,惠以真实之利。无量亿劫,难值难见。犹灵瑞华,时时乃出。今所问者,多所饶益,开化一切诸天人民。

[The] Thus Come [Ones], with inexhaustible great compassion, [and] empathy [for the] three realms, therefore arise in worlds, [to] promote [and] explain [the] path’s teachings. Desiring [to] save [and] aid sentient beings, [to] confer [them] with true benefits. [In] immeasurable koṭis [of] kalpas, [they are] difficult [to] encounter [and] difficult [to] see. Similar [to the] spiritually auspicious flower, [only] when [in] season then blossoming. Now, that asked [for, is for] many [of] those [to be] benefitted, [to] inspire [and] transform all heavenly [and] human people.

阿难当知,如来正觉,其智难量,多所导御。慧见无碍,无能遏绝。以一餐之力,能住寿命亿百千劫,无数无量,复过于此。诸根悦豫,不以毁损,姿色不变,光颜无异。所以者何?如来定慧,究畅无极。于一切法,而得自在。阿难谛听,今为汝说。」

Ānanda, [you] should know, [that of the] Thus Come [Ones’] Right Awakening, its wisdom [is] difficult [to] measure, [for] many [of] those [to be] guided [and] tamed. [With] wisdom’s view unobstructed, [that is] not able [to be] stopped [and] exhausted. With [the] power of one meal, able [to] abide [with a] lifespan [of a] koṭi [of] hundred thousand kalpas, [with] innumerably [and] immeasurably [more], again surpassing of this, [with] all roots joyous, not with harm [and] impairment, [with] countenance [and] form without change, [and] radiant complexion without difference. Why [is] that so? [The] Thus Come [Ones’] concentration [and] wisdom, [are with] thorough understanding [and] fluent expression without limit. With all dharmas, yet attaining ease. Ānanda, attentively listen, [to that] now for you [to be] spoken.’

对曰:「唯然,愿乐欲闻。」

[In] reply said, ‘It is so, [that I] aspire [with] joyful desire [to] hear.’

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