C4: Mindfulness [Of Our] Benefactors’ Kindness
 Mindfulness [Of Our] Benefactors’ Kindness
Why [be] mindful [of our] benefactors’ kindness? Speaking of myself and others now, those [in] daily [life] used, those resources, [they] are really not [by] ourselves having [them. The] porridge [and] rice [at] three times [a day], four seasons’ clothing, those needed [for] sicknesses, [and] those [by the] body [and] mouth consumed, all these originating from others’ efforts, [are] taken for my use.
Others then do [their] utmost [to] till [the] fields, [but are] still [with] difficulties filling [their] mouths. I then, comfortably sitting [and] receiving food, [am] still not satisfied.
Others then spin [and] weave without ceasing, [but are] still [with] hardship. I [then, being] comfortably dressed with extra [clothing], how [can I] know [to] cherish [them]?
Others then [live in] thatched houses [with] bamboo doors [i.e. poor and humble dwellings], bustling lifelong. I then, [live in a] vast house [with a] quiet court, [with] leisure [and] comfort [to the] end [of my] years.
With others’ toiling then providing [for] my ease, in [my] mind, [how can there be] peace? To use others’ gains, then benefitting my body, [how is] this [with] reason agreeable?
[If] not personally [with] compassion [and] wisdom both used, [with] blessings [and] wisdom both adorning, [so that] generous devotees [can] receive kindness, [and] sentient beings [can] receive gifts, then [with even a] grain [of] rice [or a] cùn [of] thread, [with] repayment having [a] part, [of] evil retributions, how [can they be] escaped [from]?
[This] is for giving rise [to the] Bodhi Mind, [the] fourth cause [and] condition.
Pure Land Tradition’s 11th Patriarch Great Master Xǐng’ān
Essay [On] Exhortation [To] Give Rise [To The] Bodhi Mind
Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an
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