[4] Fourth Pure Land Teachings’ General Essential: The Sūtra Says…净土总要四:经云…

[4] Fourth Pure Land [Teachings’] General Essential

[(The) Sūtra Says…]


[The] sūtra says, Amitā[bha] Buddha, passing [through] great asaṃkhyeya kalpas, practising Bodhisattva practices, [with] forbearance’s power accomplished, disregarded all [personal] suffering, [and was] constantly with kindly expression [and] loving words benefitting sentient beings.


[With] good protection [of] verbal karma, not ridiculing others’ faults, [with] good protection [of] physical karma, not losing discipline [and] rules. [With] good protection [of] mental karma, pure [and] without defilements.


[From his] hands within constantly producing all clothing, all drinks [and] food, all banners [and] treasure canopies, all music, and all [that] supreme of their needed objects, with these giving kindly [to] sentient beings, enabling [them to] give rise [to] joy, so as to practise teaching [and] transforming. Thus, causing immeasurable [and] innumerable sentient beings, [to] give rise [to the] unsurpassable mind of Bodhi.


These such good practices, [are] immeasurable [and] boundless, not able [to be] spoken [of] completely. Going through immeasurable innumerable thousand million koṭis [of] kalpas, [with] meritorious virtues perfected [and] completed, [with] majestic supernormal [powers] blazing, then attaining accomplishment [of] that aspired, and entering [of] Buddhahood’s position.


Therefore, [the] ten directions’ endless numerous worlds’ all heavenly [and] human people, down to [to all] kinds of flitting, flying [and] wriggling [beings, are] without those not delivered. Therefore, [with] one thought taking refuge, thereupon born [in] that land, all in seven treasures’ ponds’ lotus flowers within [with] transformed births, naturally grown up, also without [needing] nourishing [and] nurturing of them, all [are with] eating of natural food. Their bodies [and] countenances, [are] upright, pure [and] excellent, certainly not [with the] world’s people comparable, also not [with] heavenly people comparable.


[With] all receiving bodies of natural purity, [and] lifespans of limitlessness. Everywhere [in] that land within, [are] all superior good persons, without having women, all [with] lifespans [of] endless numerous kalpas. All [with] clear seeing [and] pervasive hearing, [of the] distant, [with] one another respectfully seeing, [of the] distant, [with] one another hearing spoken sounds.


All those seeking good paths, [are] without again [with] different people too, [as all seek swift Buddhahood for one and all]. Although passing [through] ten thousand kalpas, [of them]selves, from where [they] came [from], not having [those] not knowing this. Again, knowing matters of [the] ten directions’ worlds [in the] past, future [and] present.


Again, knowing [that in] endless numerous heavens above [and in the] heavens’ below, [their] people, down to [to all] kinds of flitting, flying [and] wriggling [beings], that [their] minds desire [and] think, [and] that [their] mouths desire [and] say.


Again, knowing [that] these [and] other sentient beings, should in what kalpa [and] what year, [be] completely delivered [and] liberated as people, [who] attain birth [in the] Land [Of] Ultimate Bliss. With their wisdom nature understanding completely thus.


Sòng [Dynasty’s] Wáng Rìxiū
Lóngshū’s Pure Land Text:
Second Scroll: Seven Essays [On] Pure Land [Teachings’] General Essentials

Namo Amituofo : Translation by Shen Shi’an

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