Briefly Speaking Of ‘The Three Great Essentials When Approaching Death’ 略说《临终三大要》

Briefly Speaking Of ‘The Three Great Essentials When Approaching Death’


Now to be stated are Three Essentials, as guidelines for those approaching death to accomplish rebirth in Pure Land. Although these words seem mediocre and coarse, their principles are originally from the Buddha’s sūtras. Having encountered these causes and conditions, may all put them into practice. These Three Essentials are:


First, skilfully inspire, guide and console the dying person, to enable giving rise to right Faith.


Second, everyone should take shifts to recite the name of Buddha (Āmítuófó), so as to support pure mindfulness.


Third, you must avoid (touching or) moving the body and crying, so as to prevent bungling the matter (of reaching Pure Land).


If able to rely on these three teachings in practice, one can definitely eradicate past negative karma, increase causes for birth in Pure Land, and attain the Buddha’s receiving and guiding, for rebirth in his Western Pure Land.

Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
Excerpt From ‘The Three Great Essentials When Approaching Death’

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《临终三大要》: 原文·白话·详解
The Three Great Essentials When Approaching Death: Original, Simplified And Explanatory Text

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