Translations

[18] Why Did The Amitābha Sūtra Speak Of The Buddha Appearing At Life’s End Only? 《阿弥陀经》为何只言临终佛现?With Faith, Aspiration And Practice Accomplished, Rebirth In Pure Land Is Naturally Without Doubt 信愿行成就,往生自无疑

问:决志求验,正在平时,经胡止言临终佛现?

Question: [If for] determination [and] aspiration seeking proof, [it is] exactly [when] in ordinary times, why [did the Amitā(bha)] Sūtra《阿弥陀经》stop [at] speaking [of] approaching [life’s] end, [then with the] Buddha appearing?

答:行人见佛,随净业浅深。经明往生,故言接引耳。

Answer: Practitioners seeing [of the] Buddha, [are] according [with their] pure karma [being] shallow [or] deep. [As the] sūtra explains [about] rebirth, thus [does it] speak [of when] receiving [and] guiding [to Pure Land] only.

[Note 1: Pure karma refers to Pure Land practice, especially the Main Practice (正行) of upholding Āmítuófó’s name (阿弥陀佛) with profound Faith (深信) and sincere Aspiration (切愿).]

今只在执持名号处努力加鞭,无论见与未见,但得信愿行成就,往生自可无疑,慎勿生侥幸退息心也。

Now only in [the] aspect [of] firmly upholding [Āmítuófó’s] name striving hard, ‘increasing lashes’, regardless [of] seeing and yet seeing [the Buddha], only attain accomplishment [of] Faith, Aspiration [and] Practice, [and] rebirth [in Pure Land] naturally can [be] without doubt. Be careful not [to] give rise [to the thought of being] ‘lucky’, [to] retrogress [from the] tranquil mind.

[Note 2: To definitely reach Pure Land, practitioners should only focus on wholehearted (i.e. sincere) and diligent Practice (行) upholding Āmítuófó’s name with Faith (信) and Aspiration (愿), without bothering about experiencing any auspicious signs (瑞相), such as seeing the Buddha. (To not believe this is to still lack Faith.) Such craving will distract the mind from being tranquil. Not being wholehearted, this makes it even less likely to experience any auspicious sign. Only wholehearted practice leads to experience of genuine auspicious signs naturally, sooner or later. Even if some auspicious sign was once or occasionally experienced in everyday life, there should not be thinking that one will definitely reach Pure Land, to thus become complacent. True practitioners do not become lax in their practice, as they know that they have yet to reach Pure Land, thus needing to have continual practice, for possibly attaining higher grades of birth too.]

净土宗九祖蕅益大师
Pure Land Tradition’s 9th Patriarch Great Master Ǒuyì

《灵峰宗论》卷第三之一:答问一 /
Spirit Peak Tradition’s Treatise: First [Part] Of Scroll Three: First Answers [For] Questions /

《蕅益大师净土集》第九:答问:答卓左车《弥陀疏钞》三十二问【第十八】
Great Master Ǒuyì’s Pure Land Collection: 9th [Section]: Answers [For] Questions: Answers [For] Zhuō Zuǒchē’s Thirty-Two Questions [On The] Commentary [On The Sūtra In Which The Buddha Speaks Of A]mitā[bha Buddha] [#18]

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

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为何也说来世生净土?
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https://purelanders.com/2021/09/why-speak-of-rebirth-in-pure-land-in-a-future-life-too

如何把定业转成无定业?
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https://purelanders.com/2021/09/how-to-transform-definite-negative-karma-to-be-not-definite

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