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How To Truly Repay The Buddhas’ Kindness 如何真报佛恩

如何真报佛恩
How To Truly Repay The Buddhas’ Kindness

若得一人舍苦出生死者,是名真报佛恩。何以故?

If [there are] those [able to] get one person [to] renounce suffering, [to] exit [the cycle of] birth [and] death, [this] is named [as] true repaying [of the] Buddhas’ kindness. Why [is this] thus?

诸佛出世,种种方便劝化众生者,不欲直令制恶修福受人天乐也。人天之乐,犹如电光,须臾即舍,还入三恶,长时受苦。

All Buddhas arise [in] worlds, [with] all kinds [of] skilful means that encourage [and] transform sentient beings, not desiring [to] directly enable [them to] restrain [from] evil, [for] cultivating blessings [to] receive human [and] heavenly [beings’] joy. [The] joy of human [and] heavenly [beings, is] similar to lightning, [in a] moment immediately abandoning [them, then] returning [to] enter [the] three evil [paths, for a] long time receiving suffering.

为此因缘,但劝即令求生净土,向无上菩提。是故今时有缘相劝誓生净土者,即称诸佛本愿意也。

For this cause [and] condition, only encouraging, [to] immediately enable seeking [of] birth [in] Pure Land, [to go] towards unsurpassable Bodhi. Therefore, when [there are] those now, [who have] conditions [to] encourage one another [to] vow [for] birth [in] Pure Land, [this is] called [the fulfilling of] all Buddhas’ fundamental vows’ intention.

净土宗二祖善导大师
《观经四贴疏》

Pure Land Tradition’s 2nd Patriarch Great Master Shàndǎo
(Commentary On The Contemplation Sūtra In Four Fascicles)

Namo Amituofo : Translation by Shen Shi’an

Please be mindful of your speech, Amituofo!

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