[The] Pure Land [Tradition’s] Ten Essentials’ Amitābha Sūtra’s Essential Explanation [Is] As [The] Foremost
[The] Pure Land [Tradition’s] Ten Essentials, [are] thus [by] Great Master Ǒuyì, with vajra eyes, for expounding [and] propagating all [the] Pure Land texts within, chosen [with] them [being able to] accord [with] principles [and] accord [with all spiritual] capacities, [to the] utmost extreme, without that [to be] added.
[Note 1: The Pure Land Tradition’s Ten Essentials can be seen at https://purelanders.com/shiyao. ‘With vajra eyes’ refers to using sharp and accurate spiritual vision.]
[The] first [is the] Amitābha Sūtra’s Essential Explanation, also [by the] Great Master personally annotated.
[Note 2: The Essential Explanation On The Amitābha Sūtra As Spoken By The Buddha《佛说阿弥陀经要解》can be seen at https://purelanders.com/yaojie.]
[With] text profound yet easy [to] know, [with] principles complete [and] sudden yet mind-only. Wonderful with nothing [more to] add, [it is] suitable [to be] often studied [and] read.
[Note 3: The explanation truly contains the essentials to know, written in a style that is relatively not so difficult to understand.]
As for [the] nine kinds [of texts listed] after it, none [are] not [with] principles complete [and] words wonderful, profoundly agreeable [with this] period’s capacities.
[Note 4: This period is the Five Defilements’ (五浊) Evil Period (恶世), within the Dharma-Ending Age (末法时期).]
Although not necessarily [with] one by one completely able [to be] understood clearly, however once flipping [to] read [them, this is] like eating [an] immortality pill.
[Note 5: Even if not having profound understanding of these texts, creating an affinity with some of their principles creates indestructible connection, for attaining immeasurable life via reaching Amitābha Buddha’s (阿弥陀佛) Pure Land (净土), sooner or later.]
[Over a] long time, thus [will those with] ordinary qualities then accomplish immortality’s essence.
[Note 6: Upon reaching the Pure Land, having attained immeasurable life, it is as if having attained immortality, by transcending the cycle of births and deaths.]
([As] this is [an] analogy [for the] wonders [of the] Dharma Door, [it] must not [be] wrongly understood, saying [it] enables accomplishment [as] immortals.)
[Note 7: This should not be misunderstood as attaining of immortality on earth or in a heaven, which is impossible.]
Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
Dharma Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings (First Compilation): Letter For Xú Fúxián;
Record [Of] Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence (321st Short Section): 10th [Chapter]: Indication [Of] Canonical Texts [That] Should [Be] Studied (6th Short Section)
[Ref: #321 / 10.6]
Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an
Record Of Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence
The Pure Land Tradition’s Ten Essentials
The Essential Explanation On The Amitābha Sūtra As Spoken By The Buddha