Bǎo Níngyǒng Chán Master’s Cautionary Text [For] Reading Sūtras
That method of reading sūtras, [that] younger students must know, [is that they] should purify [their] Three Karmas.
If [the] Three Karmas [are] without deficiencies, then [will the] hundred blessings together [be] collected.
Those Three Karmas, [are of the] body, speech [and] mind.
First, [with the] upright body rightly sitting, like facing [the] noble [ones’] appearances, then [is with] body karma purified.
Second, [with] speech without mixed words, severing all playing [and] laughing, then [is with] speech karma purified.
Third, [with the] mind not scattered, restraining [and] ceasing [the] ten thousand conditions, then [is with] mind karma purified.
[With the] inner mind already tranquil, [and the] outer realm together renounced, then agreeing [with and] awakening to [the] true source, hopefully [for] complete study of [the] Dharma’s principles.
[This is] so-called [with the] water clear [is the] gem bright, [with the] clouds dispersed [is the] moon bright. [With the sūtras’] meanings’ ocean emerging from [the] bosom, [and with] wisdom’s summit congealing at [the] ears [and] eyes, [for these to] suddenly [be so is] not easy, truly not [with] small conditions.
[With the] mind [and] realm both forgotten, oneself [and] others [will] together benefit.
If able [to do] so, [it is to] truly repay [the] Buddha’s kindness.
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