[156] Less On The Profound And Wonderful, More On Utmost Fulfilment Of Responsibilities 少在玄妙,多在尽分

[156] Less On [The] Profound [And] Wonderful, More On Utmost Fulfilment [Of Responsibilities]


[When] other people teach people, many [are] in profound [and] wonderful aspects putting in efforts.

[Note 1: Putting in efforts in terms of these profound and wonderful aspects refer to striving for the fruits of realisation.]


Of [Yìn]guāng’s teachings [for] people, [they are] mostly upon [with the] utmost fulfilling [responsibilities for] pointing directions.

[Note 2: With the utmost fulfilling responsibilities refer to doing what should be done in everyday life, in terms of our down-to-earth duties, in relation to others.]


If not able [to, with the] utmost fulfil [responsibilities], even if with Chán [and] Teachings, one by one, exhausting [their] sources completely [to the] bottom, [this] also becomes one [of the] three periods’ Buddhas’ grievance only. Moreover, [if] still without [the] matter [of] exhausting [their] sources completely [to the] bottom.

[Note 3: Even if thoroughly understanding many profound and wonderful aspects of the Dharma, but without doing what should be done in everyday life to benefit oneself and others, this surely goes against all Buddhas’ fundamental Dharma teachings. Any aspect of the Dharma learnt that is not practicable now is simply – impractical.]

Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
Dharma Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings (First Compilation): Eleventh Reply Letter [To] Mǎ Qìxī;
Record [Of] Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence (156th Short Section): 3rd [Chapter]: Guidance [On] Practice Methods: Fifth, Reviews [On] Practices’ Each Method (19th Short Section)
[Ref: #156 / 3.5.19]

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

Related Text:

Record Of Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence

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