With Measure Of [The] Ocean’s Width [And The] Sky’s Spaciousness Accommodate All Matters
That said anger’s mind, [is] thus past lives’ habitual nature. Now since knowing [it] has harms without benefits, [there] should [be], when before all matters, all with [the] measure of [the] ocean’s width [and the] sky’s spaciousness accommodating them.
[Note 1: Anger can hurt people, mess up matters and even damage things. With whatever happening, always have a big heart and mind, that is able to remain open. This is the very opposite of pettiness and small-mindedness.]
Then, [the] present habitual nature [of] magnanimity, immediately can transform past lives’ habitual nature [of] narrow-mindedness.
[Note 2: The way to transform a negative habit, no matter how strongly ingrained, is to create a positive habit, no matter how weak, to replace it, and to reinforce it with practice each and every time an opportunity arises. This is how the negative habit will diminish and disappear eventually.]
If not adding [a] remedy, then [will] anger’s habit increase even more, [and] these harms [will not be] not shallow.
[Note 3: The spiritual sickness of anger, if not treated, is likely to grow to further harm oneself and others. Even if it does not grow much, it will still continue to harm. In the worst-case scenario, it can even lead to the creating of evil karma that leads to hell, through serious breaking of the precepts, by hateful killing, suicide and such.]
Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
Dharma Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings (First Compilation): First Reply Letter [To] Qiú Pèiqīng;
Record [Of] Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence (109th Short Section): 3rd [Chapter]: Guidance [On] Practice Methods: Fifth, Clear Remedies [For] Habitual Tendencies: (16th Short Section)
[Ref: #109 / 3.3.16]
Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an
Record Of Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence