[3] Do Not Make Light Of And Slight People 不可轻藐人


[Part 3]: [As the] ten directions’ monastic assembly, [are with] virtuous sages appearing [and] disappearing, [when] I see them, [I am] not yet once not reverent.

[Note 1: This is in terms of them coming and going, through ‘natural’ birth and spontaneous manifestation, possibly as enlightened ones, but appearing to be ordinary, due to our lack of positive karma to receive them directly as they are.]


He [when] yet [to] kneel, I [will] first kneel. He [when] yet [to] prostrate, I [will] first prostrate.

[Note 2: This is expression of enthusiasm to swiftly show respect impartially and with equanimity.]


Before, [in my] monastic life, [there was] one monastic. [This] person [was], with his ugliness [and] raggedness [such, that there were] none not making light of [and] slighting him.

[Note 3: Those who belittle so are simply superficial, deludedly judging by appearance only. The true gauges of character are the effects of one’s conduct and teachings, whether they are moral and true, or not.]


When seeing me, [he] then intensely discussed [the] Śūraṅgama [Sūtra’s] profound principles.


[Thus], you definitely must not make light of [and] slight people. Remember [this], remember [this]!

[Note 4: As all, including monastics and laypersons have Buddha-nature at various stages awakened to, there should be belittling of no one.]

Pure Land Tradition’s 8th Patriarch Great Master Liánchí
(Collection [Of] Yúnqī’s Pure Land Sayings: Eight Articles [As] Warnings [For The] Masses)

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

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