Sutras

[16.3] The Sixteenth Contemplation: Low Grade’s Births’ Contemplation (Of Contemplation Sūtra): The Low Grade’s Low Births《观经》第十六观:下辈生想:下品下生

【下品下生】
[16.3] [The Low Grade’s Low Births]

佛告阿难,及韦提希:「下品下生者,或有众生,作不善业,五逆十恶,具诸不善。如此愚人,以恶业故,应堕恶道,经历多劫,受苦无穷。

[The] Buddha told Ānanda and Vaidehi, ‘[For] those [of] Low Grade’s Low Births, perhaps are sentient beings, [who] did unvirtuous karmas, [the] Five Heinous [Transgressions and the] Ten Evil [Karmas], complete [with] all [the] unvirtuous. Thus, these foolish persons, with evil karma thus, should fall [into] evil paths, [to] pass through many kalpas, [with] receiving [of] suffering without end.

如此愚人,临命终时,遇善知识,种种安慰,为说妙法,教令念佛。彼人苦逼,不遑念佛。善友告言:『汝若不能念彼佛者,应称「无量寿佛」。如是至心,令声不绝,具足十念,称「南无阿弥陀佛」。』

Thus, these foolish persons, when approaching [their] lives’ end, meet good-knowing friends, [offering] all kinds [of] comfort, for [them] speaking [the] wonderful Dharma, teaching [to] enable [them to be] mindful [of] Buddha. Those persons, [if] by suffering bothered, [too] flustered [to be] mindful [of] Buddha, [a] good friend speaks [these] words, “If you [are] those not able [to be] mindful [of] that Buddha, [you] should recite ‘Immeasurable Life Buddha’. Thus [with] sincere mind, enable [its] sound [to] not [be] interrupted, [to] complete ten thoughts, reciting ‘Námó Amitā[bha/yus] Buddha’ [i.e. Námó Āmítuófó].”

称佛名故,于念念中,除八十亿劫生死之罪。命终之时,见金莲华,犹如日轮,住其人前。如一念顷,即得往生极乐世界。

Reciting [the] Buddha’s name thus, in thought [to] thought within, eradicates eighty koṭis’ kalpas’ transgressions of births [and] deaths. When [their] lives [are] ending, [they will] see golden lotus flowers, similar to [the] sun disc, abiding before these persons. [As] if [in] one thought moment, [they will] immediately attain rebirth [in the] Land [Of] Ultimate Bliss.

于莲华中,满十二大劫,莲华方开。观世音、大势至,以大悲音声,为其广说诸法实相,除灭罪法。闻已欢喜,应时即发菩提之心。是名下品下生者。是名下辈生想,名第十六观。」

Within [the] lotus flowers, completing twelve great kalpas, [the] lotus flowers then blossom. Contemplator [Of The] World’s Sounds [and] Great Power Arrived, with great compassionate voices, for them extensively speak [of] all dharmas’ true nature, eradicating transgressive dharmas. [Having] heard [this] already, [with] joy, immediately then giving rise [to the] Bodhi Mind. [These] are named [as] those [with] Low Grade’s Low Births. [These] are named [as] Low Grade’s Births’ Contemplation, named [the] Sixteenth Contemplation.’

说是语时,韦提希,与五百侍女,闻佛所说,应时即见极乐世界广长之相。得见佛身,及二菩萨。心生欢喜,叹未曾有。豁然大悟,逮无生忍。五百侍女,发阿耨多罗三藐三菩提心,愿生彼国。世尊悉记,皆当往生。生彼国已,获得诸佛现前三昧。无量诸天,发无上道心。

When speaking these words, Vaidehī and [her] five hundred maids, [having] heard that [the] Buddha said, immediately then saw [the] Land [Of] Ultimate Bliss’ vastness [and] lengths of [its] forms. Attaining sight [of the] Buddha’s body and [the] two Bodhisattvas, [their] minds gave rose [to] joy, praising [that] not previously had. Suddenly opening [to] understanding [with] great awakening, reaching Non-Arising’s Forbearance. [The] five hundred maids gave rose [to] Anuttara Samyak Saṃbodhi’s mind, [and] aspired [to be] born [in] that land. [The] World-Honoured [One] predicted [that] all will [be] reborn. [When] born [in] that land already, [they will] obtain Samādhi [Of] All Buddhas Manifesting [In The] Present. Immeasurable all heavenly [beings], gave rose [to the] unsurpassable path’s mind.  

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