Translations

[19] How To Know In Advance The Time Of Arrival In Pure Land? 如何预知时至?Those Not Valuing Advance Knowing Enable Their Minds To Not Be Inverted 不贵预知者,令心不颠倒

问:心不颠倒,故能预知时至。乃云「死时何苦欲先知」,何耶?

Question: [With the] mind not inverted, thus able [to] in advance know [the] time [of] arrival [of Āmítuófó, to receive and guide for rebirth in Pure Land]. However saying, ‘[on] when dying, why bother [with] desiring [to] first know [it]’, why [is this so]?

答:不贵预知,正欲令其心不颠倒。颇有因欲先知,而愈重其颠倒者。

Answer: Not valuing in advance knowing, precisely [is] desiring [to] enable that mind [to] not [be] inverted. [If there are] those very [much valuing it], because [of] desiring [to] first know [it], then [will they have] more and more heavy [of] that inverted.

[Note: Although advanced knowing seems valuable, it is exactly by not bothering about it, not desiring to in advance know the time of arrival, that the mind is able to not be inverted (with attachment, aversion and delusion [贪嗔痴]), to instead only practise mindfulness of Buddha wholeheartedly (i.e. sincerely), then possibly and naturally knowing the time of arrival. To have much desire to first know it is to be overwhelmed by attachment and delusion, to thus be inverted.]

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【第十九】
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] [#19]

Namo Amituofo : Translation and note by Shen Shi’an

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