[8] Eighth Universal Encouragement Of Practice: Moreover, If A Person For One Suffering From Hunger, Gives Him One Meal… 普劝修持八:且若人苦饥者与之一食…

[8] Eighth Universal Encouragement [Of] Practice

[Moreover, If (A) Person (For One) Suffering (From) Hunger, Gives Him One Meal…]


Moreover, if [a] person [for one] suffering [from] hunger, gives him one meal, [for one] suffering [from] cold, gives him one [piece of] clothing, [this] already is great kindness. Moreover [for] those sunken [in the] six paths, without having [an] exit date, [if] I point out with this Dharma door, [to] cause [them to be] directly liberated [from] rebirth, [to] receive endless [and] boundless life [and] bliss, how can this kindness [have a] complete end?


[The] Vajra Sūtra says, ‘If [a] person with [the] Ganges River’s sands’ equal [number of] bodies give, thus [for] immeasurable thousand million koṭis [of] kalpas, [this is] not equal [to] [i.e. not as good as] having [a] person hearing this sūtra, [with the] faithful mind not going against [it, as] these blessings surpass [the] other.’


Because those with [their] bodies giving, cannot avoid receiving [of] worldly blessed rewards, having times [when they] then exhaust. If believing this sūtra, then having gradual awakening of true nature, [with] this as blessings, thus without times [when they] then exhaust, therefore [with] surpassing of the other.


With my contemplation of [this], how [can there] only [be] those believing [the] Vajra Sūtra [who are] like this? If encouraging people [to be] with Pure Land [practice], these blessed rewards [are] likewise thus. Why thus?


[The] Pure Land [is] further without rebirth, already [with] non-retrogression, directly until accomplishing [of] Buddhahood. Those born in that [land], although yet [to] accomplish Buddhahood, [are] thus [on the] ladder of accomplishing Buddhahood.


This encouragement [of] one person [to] cultivate Pure Land [practice, is] then [to] accomplish one sentient being [to] become [a] Buddha too. All those [who] become Buddhas, [will] definitely deliver immeasurable sentient beings [too].


Their delivering of those sentient beings, all from me, then began. Then, [of] these blessed rewards, how [can they] not surpass [those] with [the] Ganges’ River’s sands’ equal [number of] bodies giving [for] immeasurable thousand million koṭis [of] kalpas?


Sòng [Dynasty’s] Wáng Rìxiū
Lóngshū’s Pure Land Text:
Third Scroll: Nine Essays [On] Universal Encouragement [Of] Practice

Namo Amituofo : Translation by Shen Shi’an

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