[32] Thirty-Second Chapter On Those With Doubts And Regrets Dwelling In Wombs (Of Immeasurable Life Sūtra)《无量寿经》疑悔处胎第三十二

Thirty-Second [Chapter On Those With] Doubts [And] Regrets Dwelling [In] Wombs


At that time, Maitreya Bodhisattva [to the] Buddha said, ‘World-Honoured [One, for] what cause [and] what condition, [are] that land’s people [with] womb births [and] manifested births?’


[The] Buddha told Maitreya, ‘If [there] are sentient beings, with minds [of] doubts [and] confusions, [who] cultivate all meritorious virtues, aspiring [to be] born [in] that land. Not understanding [the] Buddha’s wisdom, inconceivable wisdom, unnameable wisdom, Great Vehicle’s vast wisdom, unequallable [and] incomparable most superior supreme wisdom. Of all these wisdoms, [with] doubts [and] confusions, not believing. However, still believing [in] transgressions [and] blessings, cultivating good roots, aspiring [to be] born [in] that land.


All these sentient beings, [will be] born in those palace halls, [for the] lifespan [of] five hundred years, constantly not seeing [the] Buddha, not hearing sūtras’ Dharma, not seeing Bodhisattvas’ [and] Voice-Hearers’ noble assemblies, therefore, in that land, calling them [as of] womb births.


If [there] are sentient beings, [with] understanding [and] faith [in the] Buddha’s wisdom, and even [in] his supreme wisdom, create all meritorious virtues, [with] faithful minds dedicating, all these sentient beings, [will] in seven treasures’ flowers within, naturally [have] manifested births, [in the] lotus position seated. [In the] short time of a moment, [with] bodily forms [of] bright light, wisdom [and] meritorious virtues, like all Bodhisattvas, [who are] completely accomplished.


Furthermore, Maitreya, [of] other directions’ all great Bodhisattvas, [who] give rise [to the] desire [to] see Immeasurable Life Buddha, [to] reverently make offerings, and [to] all Bodhisattvas’ [and] Voice-Hearers’ noble assemblies, those Bodhisattvas [and] others, [when their] lives end, [will] attain birth [in] Immeasurable Life [Buddha’s] Land, in seven treasures’ flowers within, naturally [with] manifested births.


Maitreya, [you] should know, that those [with] manifested births, [have] wisdom superior thus. Those [with] womb births, [are] all without wisdom, for five hundred years within, constantly not seeing [the] Buddha, not hearing sūtras’ Dharma, not seeing Bodhisattvas’ [and] all Voice-Hearers’ assemblies. With no way [to] offer to [the] Buddha, not knowing Bodhisattvas’ methods [and] conduct, not attaining cultivation [of] meritorious virtues. [You] should know [that] these persons, when [in their] past lives, [did] not have wisdom, [as] caused by doubts [and] confusions.’


[The] Buddha told Maitreya, ‘For example, [a] Wheel-Turning Noble King, has seven treasures’ prisons, [with] all kinds [of] adornments, laid out [with] beds [and] curtains, hanging [with] all satiny canopies. If [there] are all young princes, [who] offended [the] king, then in those prisons within, bound with gold chains. [With] offered food, clothing, bedding, flowers, incenses [and] music, like [that of the] Wheel-Turning King, without that lacking. What [do you] think of [this? Will] all these princes, prefer joy [in] that place, [or] not?’


[In] reply said, ‘No. However, [with] all kinds [of] skilful means, [they will] seek all [kinds of] great powers, desiring [and] encouraging themselves [to] escape.’


[The] Buddha told Maitreya, ‘All these sentient beings, [are] likewise thus. With doubts [and] confusions [on the] Buddha’s wisdom thus, born [in] those seven treasures’ palace halls, not having punishment, and even one thought [of] evil matters. However, for five hundred years within, not seeing [the] Triple Gem, not attaining making [of] offerings [and] cultivating [of] all good roots, with this as suffering. Although having other joys, [they are] still unhappy [with] that place.


If these sentient beings, recognise their root transgressions, [with] deep personal repentance [and] reproach, seek departure [from] that place, [they will] immediately attain as wished, [to] go towards where Immeasurable Life Buddha [is, to] reverently make offerings, also attaining reach everywhere, where immeasurable [and] innumerable all other Buddhas [are, to] cultivate all meritorious virtues.


Maitreya, [you] should know, [that there] are these Bodhisattvas, [who] gave rise [to] doubts [and] confusions, because of [them], losing [these] great benefits. Therefore, [you] should [have] understanding [and] faith [in] all Buddhas’ unsurpassable wisdom.’

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