[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

Thirty-First [Chapter On The Land Of] Ultimate Bliss Manifesting Presently


[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.’


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.


[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.’


[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.


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.


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?’


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


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


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


‘[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?’


[In] reply said, ‘Already seen.’


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


[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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