[16.1] The Sixteenth Contemplation: Low Grade’s Births’ Contemplation (Of Contemplation Sūtra): The Low Grade’s High Births《观经》第十六观:下辈生想:下品上生

[16] [The Sixteenth Contemplation: Low Grade’s Births’ Contemplation]

[16.1] [The Low Grade’s High Births]


[The] Buddha told Ānanda and Vaidehi, ‘[For] those [of] Low Grade’s High Birth, perhaps are sentient beings, [who] did all evil karmas. Although not slandering [the] right [and] equal sutras, these such foolish persons, created many evil dharmas, without having repentance.


When [their] lives almost end, [they] meet good-knowing friends, for [them] speaking [the] Great Vehicle’s twelve divisions’ sūtras’ heading titles’ words. With hearing [of] such all sūtras’ names thus, eliminating [a] thousand kalpas [of] extremely heavy evil karma.


Those wise again teach [them to, with] joined palms [and] crossed hands, recite “Námó Amitā[bha/yus] Buddha” [i.e. Námó Āmítuófó]. Reciting [the] Buddha’s name thus, eliminating fifty koṭis’ kalpas’ transgressions of births [and] deaths.


At that time, that Buddha immediately sends [a] manifested Buddha, manifested Contemplator [Of The] World’s Sounds [and] manifested Great Power Arrived, [to] arrive before [these] practitioners. Praising [by] saying, “Good man, with your reciting [of the] Buddha’s name thus, [with] all transgressions eliminated, I [have] come [to] welcome you.”


[Having] made this statement already, [these] practitioners immediately see [the] manifested Buddha’s bright light, everywhere filling their rooms. Seeing [it] already, [with] joy, immediately then, [their] lives end. Riding [on] treasure lotus flowers, following [the] manifested Buddha [from] behind, [to be] born within treasure ponds.  


Passing seven [of] seven days, [the] lotus flowers then blossom. When [the] flowers blossom, [the] great compassionate Contemplator [Of The] World’s Sounds Bodhisattva and Great Power Arrived Bodhisattva, [will] emit great bright light, [and] abide before these persons, for [them] speaking [the] extremely profound twelve divisions’ sūtras. [Having] heard [them] already, [with] faith [and] understanding, giving rise [to the] unsurpassable path’s mind.


Passing ten small kalpas, complete [with the] hundred dharmas’ clear door, attaining entry [onto the] First Ground. [These] are named [as] those [with] Low Grade’s High Births.’

Preceding Text:

[The Middle Grade’s Low Births]

Following Text:

[The Low Grade’s Middle Births]

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Please be mindful of your speech, Amituofo!

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