Those Without Faith And Aspiration Relying [On The] Buddha’s Power [Will Be] Difficult [To Be] Born [In] Pure Land
Those throughout life absolutely without Faith [and] Aspiration, [when] approaching [the] end [of life], definitely [will be] difficult [to] rely [on the] Buddha’s [Other-]power. Since having good [and] evil [karma] together [at the same] time suddenly appearing, moreover, not discussing those [with the] four words [of] ‘Āmítuófó’ not appearing [in their minds] not attaining rebirth [in his Pure Land], even [for those] appearing, [they] likewise cannot attain rebirth. Why [is this] so? With not [having] Aspiration [for] birth thus. Without seeking [of the] Buddha, because of [this], not attaining receiving [of the] Buddha’s reception [and] guidance thus.
[The] Flower Adornment Sūtra says, [that] if evil karma has that [of] physical form, [the] ten directions’ empty space [is] not able [to] contain [and] receive [it]. Ancient virtuous [ones] say, [that] like [a] person in debt, [is with] that stronger leading first. [And] states of mind [that are] many [and] varied, [will toward the] heavier place lean [to] fall.
Now [with] good [and] evil all appearing, due [to being] without Faith [and] Aspiration, then not able [to know] how [to] deal with [the] evil karma. [It] must [be] known [that] relying [on] Self-power [only, [if] then having one thread [or] hair [of] evil karma, [one is] then not able [to] depart [from the cycle of] birth [and] death, moreover [having] much [evil karma].
Also, [those] without Faith [and] Aspiration, [with] mindfulness reaching single-mindedness, of immeasurable [and] boundless [beings] within, [there] can perhaps be [only] one [or] two reborn. [We] certainly cannot [be] with this as [an] example, with [this] severing [the] world’s later generations’ all people’s good roots [for] rebirth [in] Pure Land. Why [is this] so? With those able [to] rely [on] Self-power [only, with] mindfulness reaching [negative] karma’s exhaustion [and] passions’ emptiness, [to] realise Non-Birth’s Forbearance, throughout the world, [there] are [only] one [or] two.
If people each rely [on] this [to] practise, setting aside Faith [and] Aspiration, then not following [true] Practice, then [will] many sentient beings, forever dwell [in] suffering’s ocean, without cause [for] departure, all [with] this one statement as [the] main [initiating] culprit. Yet these persons [are] still very self-pleased [and] proud, assuming [that] ‘my’ statement [is] extremely lofty. Yet not knowing that as severing [of the] Buddha’s wisdom life, confusing [and] misleading sentient beings [with] arrogant words. Alas!
([With] worldly good karma, [that] cannot exit rebirth, if compared [with the] pure karma [for] rebirth [in Pure Land with] Faith [and] Aspiration complete, then [will] that good karma, still belong [to] ‘evil’ karma.)
Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
(Reply Letter [To] Layperson Pú Dàfán)
Namo Amituofo : Translation by Shen Shi’an