[Those Who] As Pleased Spit Phlegm, [Will] Personally Eat Their ‘Fruits’
[In the] morning rising, when defecating [and] urinating, [there] must [be] washing [of] hands. [With] all [from the] body above dug out, [and from the] legs above touched, all must [be with] washing [of] hands.
[Note 1: Especially before doing spiritual practices, such as prostration to the Buddha (礼佛), making of offerings (供养) and recitation of sūtras (诵经), this is basic hygiene for cleanliness, and to be respectful after doing what is dirty.]
Summer months’ trouser legs must not [be] wide open. [They] must [be] fastened.
[Note 2: This is to not look untidy, indecent or disrespectful, especially when in Buddhist temples and centres.]
[To] as pleased spit phlegm [and] fling mucus, is one matter that greatly breaks blessings. [On] pure Buddhist grounds, not only inside halls, must [there] not [be] spitting, close [to the] halls’ outside, [on] pure grounds above, [there] also must not [be] spitting. [On] pure grounds above once spitting, then appearing [with] defiled form.
[Note 3: To physically defile carelessly is to become spiritually defiled unmindfully, wherever one is.]
[There] are some people [who are] impudent without misgivings [and] fear, in houses on [their] grounds [and] on [their] walls indiscriminately spitting, [with] a perfectly good house, everywhere [on its] ground [and] fully [on its] walls, all having phlegm. They, with spitting [of] phlegm as [their] bearing displayed, [will after a] long time become sick. Every day constantly spitting, [with the] essence [of] drinks [and] food, all changing [to] become [that of] phlegm completely.
[Note 4: Those who keep spitting phlegm that defiles their environment, without respect for themselves and others, will eventually karmically live where they breathe in the defiled essence of that spat.]
Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
Dharma Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings (Second Compilation): Letter [Of] Admonishment [For] Those [With] Initial Determination Learning Buddhism;
Record [Of] Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence (220th Short Section): 5th [Chapter]: Encouragement [Of The] Mind [To] Dwell [In] Sincerity [And] Reverence (15th Short Section)
[Ref: #220 / 5.15]
Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an
Record Of Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence