[7] Wise Ones Do Not Look Down On Mindfulness Of Buddha 智者不藐视念佛

[7] Wise Ones Do Not Look Down [On] Mindfulness [Of] Buddha


Those, [such as] Śākyamuni [Buddha and] Amitābha [Buddha], within past kalpas, gave rise [to] great vows, [to] deliver [and] liberate sentient beings.


[With] one then manifesting birth [in this] defiled land, with defilements [and] with suffering subdued, then sending [them] off.

[Note 1: This generally refers to Śākyamuni Buddha, who ‘sends off’ beings to Amitābha Buddha’s Pure Land, by teaching them how to reach it. However, Amitābha Buddha has manifestation bodies (化身) in this defiled land to teach and guide beings to his Pure Land too.]


[With] one then peacefully abiding [in] Pure Land, with purity [and] with bliss gathering [and] receiving, then equally training [them].

[Note 2: This generally refers to Amitābha Buddha, whose Reward Body (报身) is in his Pure Land. However, Śākyamuni Buddha has his Reward Body in his (lesser known) Unsurpassable Pure Land (无胜净土), training beings there too.]

[Note 3: The functions of sending off and gathering are reflected in detail in the Parable Of Two Rivers And The White Path:]


You only know foolish men [and] foolish women, [who are] also able [to be] mindful [of the] Buddha, thereupon arriving [to] look down [on] Pure Land [practice].

[Note 4: This refers to those without enough knowledge that those who are wise also practise mindfulness of Buddha, such as those below.]


Why not contemplate [that in the] Flower Adornment [Sūtra’s] Entering [Of The] Dharma Realm’s Chapter, [the youth] Good Wealth, for realising [that] equal [with] all Buddhas later, Universal Virtue Bodhisattva, thus taught [him] to give rise [to the] Ten Great Vows’ King, [to] dedicate [for] rebirth [in the] Western [Pure] Land [Of] Ultimate Bliss, in order [to] perfect [and] complete [the] Buddha fruit, moreover with this, universally encouraging [the] Flower Treasury ocean[-wide] assembly [too]?

[Note 5: For the Ten Great Vows’ King, see]


Those [in the] Flower Treasury’s ocean-wide assembly, [are] without one ordinary being, [or those of the] Two Vehicles, thus [with the] forty-one positions’ Dharma Body’s Great Beings, similarly [having] broken [from] ignorance, similarly [having] realised Dharma-nature, all able [to] ride [on their] fundamental vows’ wheels, in worlds without Buddhas, appearing [with] bodies [to] become Buddhas.

[Note 6: The forty-one positions’ Dharma Body’s Great Beings (四十一位法身大士) are the highest Bodhisattvas, of the Ten Abodes (十住), Ten Practices (十行), Ten Dedications (十回向), Ten Grounds (十地) and Equal Awakening (等觉), with the last just before Buddhahood.]


Also, within [the] Flower Treasury’s ocean, [with] Pure Lands immeasurable, yet, [as there] must [be] dedication [for] rebirth [in the] Western [Pure Land Of] Ultimate Bliss, [it] can [be] known [that] rebirth [in the Pure Land Of] Ultimate Bliss, [is] thus [the] profound door of exiting [from] suffering, [the] shortcut of accomplishing Buddhahood too.

[Note 7: This is so as the Pure Land Of Ultimate Bliss is the easiest Pure Land to enter, through which all other Pure Lands can be accessed, thus expediting progress to Buddhahood most swiftly. This universal dedication practice is reflected in Universal Virtue Bodhisattva’s Tenth Great Vow:]


Therefore, since ancient times until now, all Chán, Teachings’ [and] Vinaya monasteries, [are] without [those] not [in the] morning [and] evening upholding [the] Buddha’s name, seeking birth [in the] Western [Pure Land] too.

[Note 8: This refers to traditional morning and evening chanting practices (早晚课), that are still practised today.]

Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
Dharma Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings (First Compilation): Treatise [On] Pure Land’s Resolution [Of] Doubts;
Record [Of] Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence (7th Short Section): 1st [Chapter]: Praise [Of The] Pure Land [Dharma Door Being] Transcendental [And] Supreme (7th Short Section)
[Ref: #7 / 1.7]

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

Related Text:

Record Of Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence

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