[322] Constantly Be Like Facing The Buddhas 常如面对佛

[322] Constantly [Be] Like Facing [The] Buddhas


[The] Dharma Garden’s Grove [Of] Pearls ([with a] hundred scrolls, [by] Chángzhōu’s Tiānníng Monastery bound as thirty books), detailedly discuss [on] cause [and] effect, [with] principles [and] practices advancing together.

[Note 1: In other words, there are many accounts of the workings of the law of karma, and on the essential combination of learning the Dharma with putting it into practice.]


[With] past deeds’ retribution responding, clearly [and] distinctly understanding, reading it enables people [to] not [be] cold yet trembling [with fear].

[Note 2: With understanding of the relentless workings of karma arises deep faith in its infallibility (深信因果), thus with fear or dread of doing evil, which will reap retribution. This creates healthy deterrence and moral shame.]


Even if in [a] dark room [in a] house hidden, constantly [be] like facing [the] Buddhas [and] heavenly [beings], not daring [to] slightly sprout [an] evil thought.

[Note 3: This way of thinking is to remind us to be more mindful of avoiding evil, with it always starting in the mind, whether it further expresses as words and deeds or not. Even if there is no one watching, the law of karma ‘registers’ all thoughts, words and deeds naturally. However, the Buddhas (and some watchful gods) do indeed know every single thought we have, what more our words and deeds.]


[Those of] high, medium [and] low roots, [will] all receive benefits.

[Note 4: With more vigilance of our body, speech and mind, those of all roots will more swiftly progress towards moral perfection, which is an essential aspect of Buddhahood.]


[There] absolutely [must] not [be] until wrongly recognising [a] path, [with] attachment [to] principles [and] abandonment [of] practices, [then] belonging to [those] partial [to the] demonic, [with] evil of [the] arrogant.

[Note 5: Only with adequate knowledge of karma and watchfulness of our conduct will we never veer off the right path, by being distracted by a wrong path. Some who have gone offtrack might still seem ‘principled’ but might have relinquished practice, which is still in conduct wrong, thus creating evil karma bound for retribution.]

Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
Dharma Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings (First Compilation): First Reply Letter [To] Dèng Bóchéng;
Record [Of] Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence (322nd Short Section): 10th [Chapter]: Indication [Of] Canonical Texts [That] Should [Be] Studied (7th Short Section)
[Ref: #322 / 10.7]

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

Related Text:

Record Of Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence

Related Teachings:

[20] Record Of A Filial Daughter’s Resurrection To Guide Her Mother To Pure Land

[21] How A Great Master Chose Pure Land Over Heaven

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