How To Reduce Lust
If seeing women, [of] those old, have [them as] my mother thought, [of] those elder, have [them as] my elder sisters thought, [and of] those younger, have [them as] my younger sisters thought. Regardless [of] what kind [of] women, [for] all have these thoughts. Gradually over time, then seeing other women [to be] with seeing my mother, elder sisters [and] younger sisters, without differences.
Also, [if] seeing women, with their beauty then, giving rise [to] evil thoughts, often think [of] these persons’ belly skins inside, [to] be completely [with] faeces [and] urine. [With] only one piece [of] thin skin wrapping, [then] seemingly good-looking. If with this skin peeled away, then without one bit good-looking. Women [are] thus, [and] myself [is] also thus.
When yet [to] see [them] having this thought, when seeing [them], this thought [will] manifest [in the] present. Gradually over time, then [will] evil thoughts [be] self-eliminated.
If marrying, [for your] wife likewise having this thought, [then will you] not likely, [due to] greed [for] sex, [have] early death. [Women should also have same thoughts about men.]
Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
(Reply Letter [To] Layperson Lǚ Zhìmíng)
Namo Amituofo : Translation and note by Shen Shi’an