[Part 1]: When I [have] yet [to] leave [the] household [life], of matters [that] are not benevolent, not righteous, without propriety [and] without wisdom, even if [with] other persons’ guiding of [what to] do, yet I naturally [had] shame [and] repentance, [in the] least definitely not willing [to] do [them]. Why [is] that [so]?
[Note 1: The first cause of having a strong conscience, is natural Buddha-nature.]
Surely, [this is] due to me, [in my] past lives [being] close [to] virtuous persons, [with my] eighth consciousness within, receiving [their] virtuous words, therefore [in this] present life naturally, [when] seeing evil, then [feeling] shame, not [being] willing [to] go do [them].
[Note 2: The second cause of having a strong conscience, is nurtured nature, from the influence of past lives’ good-knowing spiritual friends, which is registered subconsciously, with its tendencies carried over to this life. However, note that this is not enough now, as we are still not enlightened. This is why we should aspire to reach Pure Land, where swift enlightenment is guaranteed.]
You must truly get close to virtuous people, [and you] should [in] morning [and] night, when giving rise [to] Aspiration, then aspire [to], life [after] life, get close to good-knowing [friends].
[Note 3: There should be getting close to those who are virtuous, to study and practise the Dharma together, as soon as possible, and as often as possible. There should also be aspiring (i.e. vowing) to reach Pure Land, where the ideal good-knowing friends (who are enlightened) will be met and connected to, once and for all.]
Pure Land Tradition’s 8th Patriarch Great Master Liánchí
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