[The] Third Principle: [With] All Kinds [Of] Meritorious Virtues, Dedicate [For Birth In] Pure Land
[Of] all recitations [of] sūtras [and] upholding [of] mantras, prostrations, repentance, saving [from] disasters and helping [of the] poor, all kinds [of] compassionate [and] good meritorious virtues, all must [be] dedicated [for] rebirth [in the] Western [Pure Land].
[There] must not [be] seeking [of] future lives’ human [and] heavenly blessed rewards. Once having this mind, then [is one] without [a] part for rebirth [in Pure Land].
With [the cycle of] birth [and] death yet [to be] liberated [from, with] blessings more and more great, then [will negative] karma [(created due to complacence and indulgence) be] more and more great, again [in the] one [next] future life, [it is] difficult [to] avoid falling within [the] three evil paths of hell-beings, hungry ghosts [and] animals.
If desiring [to] once again [attain the] human body, [to] again meet [the] Pure Land [teachings, which] is [the] Dharma Door of [attaining] liberation [in this] immediate life, [this is as] difficult as ascending [to the] heavens.
[The] Buddha taught people [to be] mindful [of the] Buddha [to] seek birth [in his] Western [Pure Land, which] is for people, [in this] present life, [to be] liberated [from the cycle of] birth [and] death. If seeking future lives’ human [and] heavenly blessed rewards, [this] then is contrary [to the] Buddha’s teachings.
If with one piece [of] precious gem priceless throughout the world, exchanging [to] obtain one stick [of] sweets [for] eating, how can [this] not [be] pitiable? [Of] foolish persons mindful [of the] Buddha, [yet] not [for] seeking birth [in his] Western [Pure Land, but for] seeking future lives’ human [and] heavenly blessed rewards, with this, [this is] without difference.
Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
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Namo Amituofo : Translation by Shen Shi’an
The Second Principle: Encourage Progress Of Practitioners, With Mindfulness Of The Buddha To Eradicate Disasters
The Fourth Principle: With Focused Cultivation Of Pure Karma, By Oneself Attaining Mind’s Awakening
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