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[31] Thirty-First Chapter On The Land Of Ultimate Bliss Manifesting Presently (Of Immeasurable Life Sūtra)《无量寿经》极乐现前第三十一

极乐现前第三十一
Thirty-First [Chapter On The Land Of] Ultimate Bliss Manifesting Presently

佛告阿难:「汝起,更整衣服,合掌恭敬,礼无量寿佛。十方国土诸佛如来,常共称扬赞叹彼佛,无著无碍。」

[The] Buddha told Ānanda, ‘You [should] rise, further tidy [your] robes, [and with] joined palms reverencing, prostrate [to] Immeasurable Life Buddha. [The] ten directions’ lands’ all Buddha Thus Come [Ones], constantly together highly praise that Buddha, [who is] without attachment [and] without obstacles.’

于是阿难起整衣服,正身西面,恭敬合掌,五体投地,礼无量寿佛。

Thereupon, Ānanda arose [and] tidied [his] robes, [with] upright body [to the] West faced, reverenced [with] joined palms, [and with] five [parts of the] body thrown [to the] ground, prostrated [to] Immeasurable Life Buddha.

白言:「世尊,愿见彼佛安乐国土,及诸菩萨声闻大众。」

[He] said, ‘World-Honoured [One, I] aspire [to] see that Buddha, [his] Land [Of] Peace [And] Bliss, and all [its] Bodhisattvas [and] Voice-Hearers’ great assemblies.’

说是语已,即时无量寿佛,放大光明,普照一切诸佛世界。金刚围山、须弥山王、大小诸山,一切所有,皆同一色。譬如劫水弥满世界,其中万物沉没不现。滉漾浩汗,唯见大水。彼佛光明,亦复如是。声闻菩萨一切光明,皆悉隐蔽,唯见佛光,明耀显赫。

[Having] said this already, immediately, Immeasurable Life Buddha emitted great bright light, [that] universally illuminated all Buddha lands. Vajra Wall Mountain, Sumeru Mountain King, all great [and] small mountains, all that exist, all [had the] same one colour. For example, like [the] kalpa’s water, [that] fully fills [the] world, [with] that within, [its] ten thousand things sunken, [to] not appear. [With its] bright expanse overflowing extensively, only seeing [the] great water. That Buddha’s bright light, [is] likewise thus. [Of] Voice-Hearers [and] Bodhisattvas, all [their] bright lights, [were] all concealed [and] covered, only seeing [the] Buddha’s light, brilliant [and] prominent.

尔时阿难,即见无量寿佛,威德巍巍,如须弥山王,高出一切诸世界上。相好光明,靡不照耀。此会四众,一时悉见。彼见此土,亦复如是。

At that time, Ānanda immediately saw Immeasurable Life Buddha, [with] majestic virtues imposing, like Sumeru Mountain King, higher than all worlds above. [With] forms’ excellences’ bright lights, [with] none not illuminated. This assembly’s four assemblies, at the same time, all saw [them]. Those [others] saw this land, likewise thus.

尔时佛告阿难,及慈氏菩萨:「汝见彼国,从地已上,至净居天,其中所有微妙严净自然之物,为悉见不?」

At that time, [the] Buddha told Ānanda and Maitreya Bodhisattva, ‘[Do] you see [in] that land, from [the] ground [to] above, reaching [the] Pure Abodes’ Heavens, all its subtle, wonderful, majestic, pure [and] natural objects within? Of all, [are they] seen, [or] not?’

阿难对曰:「唯然,已见。」

Ānanda [in] reply [said, ‘It is so, already seen.’

「汝宁复闻无量寿佛大音宣布一切世界化众生不?」

‘[Do] you in this way, again hear Immeasurable Life Buddha’s great voice, proclaiming [to] all worlds [to] transform sentient beings, [or] not?’

阿难对曰:「唯然,已闻。」

Ānanda [in] reply said, ‘It is so, already heard.’

「彼国人民,乘百千由旬七宝宫殿,无所障碍,遍至十方供养诸佛,汝复见不?」

‘[Of] that land’s people, riding [upon a] hundred thousand yojanas [of] seven treasures’ palace halls, without any obstruction, reaching everywhere [in the] ten directions [to] make offerings [to] all Buddhas, [do] you again, see [this], or not?’

对曰:「已见。」

[In] reply said, ‘Already seen.’

「彼国人民,有胎生者,汝复见不?」

‘[Of] that land’s people, those having womb births, [do] you again, see [them], or not?’

对曰:「已见。其胎生者,所处宫殿,或百由旬,或五百由旬。各于其中受诸快乐,如忉利天上,亦皆自然。」

[In] reply said, ‘Already seen. Those [with] womb births, [of their] places dwelt, [are] palace halls, perhaps [of a] hundred yojanas, perhaps five hundred yojanas. Each in them within receive all [kinds of] happiness [and] bliss, like [those in] Trāyastriṃśa Heaven above, likewise all naturally.’

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