[179] As Impermanence Comes Swiftly, Urgently Seek The Western Pure Land’s ‘Return’ Route 因无常迅速,急寻归西路

[179] As Impermanence [Comes] Swiftly, Urgently Seek [The] Western [Pure Land’s] ‘Return’ Route


Time [passes] swiftly, [with the] seasons’ sequence also [with] changes, [from] kṣaṇa [to] kṣaṇa, [for] one thought not abiding.

[Note 1: ‘From kṣaṇa to kṣaṇa’ is ‘from moment to moment’, or ‘from instant to instant’. A kṣaṇa, as the smallest unit of time, is a duration so brief that there are 90 kṣaṇas within one thought.]


This [is] probably creation’s objects extending [of their] broad [and] long tongues, universally for you, me [and] all sentient beings speaking [of] human life’s impermanence, [with its] glory [and] splendour not [for] long, [for us to] urgently seek [the] ‘return’ route [to the Western Pure Land Of Ultimate Bliss (西方极乐世界), with the] unsurpassable wonderful Dharma [Door Of Mindfulness Of Buddha (念佛法门), to] avoid receiving [of] sinking [in suffering’s ocean (苦海)].

[Note 2: The seasons’ changes can be seen as nature constantly and extensively speaking the truth of life’s impermanence, to remind us to earnestly learn and practise in time, for reaching Pure Land (净土). As we have yet to reach Pure Land, to ‘return’ to it represents return to our Buddha-nature (佛性) via further practice there.]

Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
Dharma Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings (First Compilation): Guidance [To A] Certain Bhikṣuṇī;
Record [Of] Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence (179th Short Section): 4th [Chapter]: Discussion [On] Births’ [And] Deaths’ Great Matter: First, Warnings [On] Human Life’s Impermanence (1st Short Section)
[Ref: #179 / 4.1.1]

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

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Record Of Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence

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