[34] Thirty-Fourth Chapter On Only Retaining This Sūtra (Of Immeasurable Life Sūtra)《无量寿经》独留此经第三十四

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Thirty-Fourth [Chapter On] Only Retaining This Sūtra


[The] Buddha told Maitreya, ‘[If] there are [those who] attain hearing [of] that Buddha’s name, [with] joyful enthusiasm, and even [if for] one thought, [you] should know [that] these persons will attain great benefits, [who] are then complete [with] unsurpassable meritorious virtues.


Therefore, Maitreya, if [there] is [a] great fire, [that] fully fills [the] three-thousandfold great-thousandfold world, [one] should cross this, [to] hear this sūtra’s Dharma, [and with] joyful faith, accept, uphold, read [and] recite [it, to] as said cultivate practice.


Why [is] that so? [There] are many Bodhisattvas, [who] desire [to] hear this sūtra, yet not able [to] attain [it]. If [there] are sentient beings, who hear this sūtra, of [the] unsurpassable path, [they will to the] end not retrogress.


Therefore, [you] should, [with] focused minds, faithfully accept, uphold [and] recite [these] said practices. I now for all sentient beings, speak this sūtra’s Dharma, [to] enable sight [of] Immeasurable Life Buddha, and all that is [in] his land. [For] that [which you] should do, [so that] all can seek it. [You] must not, with my Parinirvāṇa after, again give rise [to] doubts [and] confusions.


[In the] world of [the] future, [when] sūtras’ paths [are] destroyed [and] ended, I, with loving-kindness, compassion [and] sympathy, [will] specially retain this sūtra, [to] abide [and] dwell [for] one hundred years [longer. If] there are sentient beings, who encounter this sūtra, accordingly [as] wished, [with] that aspired, all can attain deliverance.’


[The] Buddha said [to] Maitreya, ‘[The] Thus Come [Ones’] arisings [in the] world, [are] difficult [to] encounter, difficult [to] see. All Buddhas’ sūtras’ paths, [are] difficult [to] attain, difficult [to] hear. [Of] Bodhisattvas’ supreme Dharma, [and] all pāramitās, [to] attain hearing [of them is] likewise difficult. Encountering good-knowing friends, [to] hear [the] Dharma [and be] able [to] practise [it], this likewise is difficult. If hearing this sūtra, [with] joyful faith accepting [and] upholding [it, this is the most] difficult of difficulties within, without [that] surpassing this difficulty. Therefore, [is] my Dharma, thus done, thus spoken, [and] thus taught. [It] should [be] faithfully followed, according [to this] Dharma, [with] cultivation [of] practice.’

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