C8: Repent [For] Karmic Obstacles
 Repent [For] Karmic Obstacles
Why repent [for] karmic obstacles? [A] sūtra says, ‘Violating [with] one duṣkṛta, like [for the] Four Heavenly Kings’ lifespan [of] five hundred years, [is the] fall within niraya [i.e. hell].’
[A] duṣkṛta [is a] small transgression, yet obtaining this retribution, moreover [with] heavy transgressions? Their retributions [are] difficult [to] speak [of].
Now, myself [and] others, within [that] of everyday use, [with] each move [and] each action, constantly defy [the] precepts [and] rules. [With] each meal [eaten and] each [drop of] water [drunk, we] frequently violate Śīla [i.e. precepts].
[In] one day, that violated, likewise should [be] immeasurable, moreover [if] lifelong passing through kalpas, of those arisen transgressions? [They are] even more unspeakable!
Moreover, with [the] Five Precepts, speaking of [them, of] ten persons, nine violate [them, with] few revealing [and] many hiding [this].
[The] Five Precepts [are] named as Upāsaka Precepts, yet [I am] not complete [with them], much less, [of the] Śrāmaṇera, Bhikṣu, Bodhisattva [and] other precepts, [there is] moreover no need [to] speak [of them].
[When] asked [for] that name, then saying I [am a] Bhikṣu. [When] asked [for] that truth, then yet [to be] adequate as [an] Upāsaka, how can [I] not [be] ashamed?
[We] should know [that if the] Buddha’s precepts [are] not received, then [so be it. If] received, then [they] must not [be] broken [and] violated. [If] not violated, then [so be it. If] violated, then [in the] end, [we] will definitely fall.
If not [with] self-sympathy [and] sympathy [for] others, [for] self-harming [and] harming [of] others, [with] deeds [and] words together sincere, speaking [and] weeping together humbly, universally for sentient beings, begging [for] pity [and] seeking repentance, then [for a] thousand lives [through] ten thousand kalpas, [from] evil retributions, [how] can there be escape?
[This] is for giving rise [to the] Bodhi Mind, [the] eighth cause [and] condition.
Pure Land Tradition’s 11th Patriarch Great Master Xǐng’ān
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