Essay [On] Exhortation [To] Give Rise [To The] Bodhi Mind
Written [By The] Pure Land Tradition’s 11th Patriarch Great Master Xǐng’ān
A1: Introduction [Of] Treatise (Preface Section)
B1: Introduction Of Overall Title [On] Minds’ Vow For Cultivating Practices
[i] Entering [The] Path’s Essential Door
[I, the] unworthy, foolish, lowly [and] ordinary monk Shíxián [i.e. ‘Truly Virtuous’ literally], weeping blood [and] prostrating [with my] forehead [to the ground], piteously beg [this] great assembly before [me], and [this] present age’s men [and] women [with] pure faith [and] others, only wishing [that you will, with] loving-kindness [and] compassion, slightly grant [me your] listening, [to] examine [what I have to say].
[It is] formerly heard [that] entering [the] path’s essential door, [is with] giving rise [to the Bodhi] Mind as [the] foremost. Cultivation [of] practices’ urgent task, [is with] establishing [of] vows positioned first.
[With] vows established, then can sentient beings [be] delivered. [With the Bodhi] Mind given rise, then can [the] Buddha path [be] accomplished.
If not giving rise [to the] vast [and] great [Bodhi] Mind, [by] establishing firm vows, then even if passing dust [motes of] kalpas, [we will] as before, still be reborn. Although having cultivation [of] practices, [they will] always [be] futile [and with] hardship.
Thus, [the] Flower Adornment Sūtra says, ‘Forgetting [and] losing [the] Bodhi Mind, [then] cultivating all good dharmas, [these] are named [as] demonic karmas.’ Forgotten [and] lost still [being] thus, moreover [if] yet [to have] given rise [to it]? Thus know [that if] desiring [to] learn [the] Thus Come [Ones’] Vehicle, [there] must first [be] complete giving rise [of] Bodhisattva Vows, [which] must not [be] delayed.
Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an
[ii] Eight Forms Of Minds‘ Vows
[iii] Truly Right Bodhi Mind
Essay On Exhortation To Give Rise To The Bodhi Mind