[5] The Fifth Principle: Clearly Differentiate From Forged ‘Sūtras’, With Mindfulness Of Buddha Being The Best 第五条原则:明辨伪经,念佛最善

[5] [The] Fifth Principle: Clearly Differentiate [From] Forged ‘Sūtras’, [With] Mindfulness [Of] Buddha [Being The] Best


Of persons mindful [of the] Buddha, [they] must not imitate foolish persons [by] doing returning [of] lifespan’s living [debts], sending [of] treasuries [and] other [false] ‘Buddhist’ practices [for the deceased]. With returning [of] lifespan’s living [debts], not coming from Buddhist sūtras, [they are] connected [to] later generations’ people, [who] forged [these teachings].


[Doing] sending [of] treasuries is wishing [to], after death, become ghosts, in advance buying [that for] becoming ghosts, [its] ‘expenses’. Since having [the] mind [with the] wish [to] become ghosts, [they are] then difficult [to be] reborn [in Pure Land].


If these [are] yet [to be] done, thus do not do [them]. If these [were] already done, [there] should [be] reporting [to] explain to [the] Buddha, ‘Disciple [so-and-so], only seek [to be] reborn [in Pure Land, with] that before done, of [the] netherworld’s money [for] sending [of] treasuries, all for relieving [and] aiding lonely spirits’, [if they can be helped], then can [that done] not [be] as obstacles [for] rebirth [in Pure Land].


All [such as] Lifespan’s Living [Debts], Blood Basin, Great Yáng, Great Yīn, Eyes’ Light, Stove King, Skeletal Bones, Dividing [Of] Beads, Wonderful Sands [and] other [so-called] ‘sūtras’, all were [by] ignorant [and] presumptuous persons forged, [and] must not [be] recited.


Foolish persons [do] not know [about] reciting [the] Great Vehicle’s sūtras ([which] are [the] Amitā[bha] Sūtra, Immeasurable Life Sūtra, Sūtra [On] Contemplation [Of] Immeasurable Life Buddha, Heart Sūtra, Vajra [Sūtra], Medicine Master [Sūtra, Wonderful] Dharma [Lotus] Flower [Sūtra], Śūraṅgama [Sūtra], Flower Adornment [Sūtra], Universal Virtue [Bodhisattva’s] Practices [And] Vows’ Chapter [and] other sūtras), one-sidedly believing [in] these kinds [of] blindly created forged scriptures, [thinking there] must [be] returning [of] lifespan’s living [debts], breaking [of] hell, [and] breaking [of] blood lake, then able [to have] peace [of] mind. [When] people [who] understand reason, for [them] say [these] are forged, [they are] also not willing [to] believe [thus].


[It] must [be] known [that when] doing Buddhist practices [for the deceased], only recitation [of the] Buddha’s [name has] meritorious virtues [that are the] greatest. [There] should [be], with [the] money for returning [of] lifespan’s living [debts], breaking [of] hell, [and] breaking [of] blood lake, [used for] inviting monastics [who] have right mindfulness [to] recite [the] Buddha’s [name], thus [having] benefits [that are] great.

Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng

(One Letter [As A] Common Reply)

Namo Amituofo : Translation by Shen Shi’an

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