[184] If Not Cultivating Pure Karma, Not Exiting From Rebirth 不修净业,莫出轮回

[184] [If] Not Cultivating Pure Karma, Not Exiting [From] Rebirth


[The] Buddha’s Dharma [is] without one person [who] cannot cultivate [it], also without one person [who is] not able [to] cultivate [it].

[Note 1: In fact, everyone should learn and practise the Buddha’s teachings, especially the Pure Land teachings.]


However, [be] able [to, from] thought [to] thought, know [that if] not cultivating pure karma [to be] born [in the] Western [Pure Land Of Ultimate Bliss (西方极乐世界)], then [as] those [for] long kalpas reborn, not [as] those able [to] exit.

[Note 2: As the Pure Land path is the only feasible one for liberation in this Dharma-Ending Age (末法时期), it should always be remembered that if it is abandoned, there will be no hope for escape in this life.]


With this personally sympathising [and] sympathising others, personally sorrowful [and] sorrowful [for] others, loudly [and] quickly call [it out], so that [those] near and family members, [with those] far and [the] world’s people, [can] together cultivate this path. [Of] these benefits, comparing them [with] those [from] only seeking personal liberation, how [can their] differences only [be those between the] sky [and the] abyss?

[Note 3: These benefits’ meritorious virtues (功德) will be immeasurably greater for one and all as they arise from sharing of the Pure Land path with the Bodhi Mind (菩提心), to benefit as many beings as possible.]

Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
Dharma Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings (Third Compilation): Reply Letter [To] Luò Jìhé;
Record [Of] Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence (184th Short Section): 4th [Chapter]: Discussion [On] Births’ [And] Deaths’ Great Matter: First, Warnings [On] Human Life’s Impermanence (6th Short Section)
[Ref: #184 / 4.1.6]

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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