Dedication To All Sentient Beings Does Not Lose Personal Benefits 回向一切众生不失自利

[79] Dedication [To] All Sentient Beings [Does] Not Lose Personal Benefits


[The] mind [of] dedication [with] giving rise [of] Aspiration, [is] called [to be] with one’s mindfulness [of] Buddha’s meritorious virtues, dedicated [to the] Dharma Realm’s all sentient beings, [to] all [be] reborn [in the] Western [Pure Land Of Ultimate Bliss]. If having this mind, [the] meritorious virtues [are] immeasurable.


If only for oneself one person reciting, then [with the] mind’s capacity [being] narrow [and] small, [the] meritorious virtues [will be] likewise narrow [and] small.


For example, one lamp only [has the] brightness of one lamp. If willing [to in] turn light [others], then [can there be a] hundred, thousand, ten thousand, hundred million, immeasurable [and] innumerable lamps, [with] their brightness, because [of this, that] cannot [be] compared, yet [with the] original lamp certainly without that diminished.


[The] world’s people, not knowing this meaning, thus only know [about being] selfish [for their] personal benefits, not aspiring [to let other] people attain their benefits.

Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
Dharma Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings (Third Compilation): Reply Letter [To] Zhāng Dàoshēng;
Record [Of] Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence (79th Short Section): 3rd [Chapter]: Guidance [On] Practice Methods: First, Guidance [On] Mindfulness [Of] Buddha’s Methods (27th Short Section)
[Ref: #79 / 3.1.27]

Namo Amituofo : Translation by Shen Shi’an

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Record Of Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence

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