[97] Contemplate Being About To Fall Into The Hells For Mindfulness Of Buddha And The Mind To Naturally Return To Be One 想将堕地狱,念佛心自归一

[97] Contemplate [Being] About [To] Fall [Into The] Hells, [For] Mindfulness [Of] Buddha [And The] Mind [To] Naturally Return [To Be] One


[If] mindfulness [of the] Buddha [and the] mind [do] not return [to be] one, [this is] due [to the] mind [of seeking liberation from the cycle of] birth [and] death not [being] earnest.


If having [the] contemplation of [being] about [to be] by water washed [away and by] fire burnt, without that [for] rescue, and [the] contemplation of [being] about [to] die, [and] about [to] fall [into the] hells, then [will the] mind naturally return [to be] one, without need [to] seek another wonderful method.


Thus [do the] sūtras within frequently say, ‘Contemplate [the] hells’ suffering, [to] give rise [to the] Bodhi Mind.’ This [is the] Great Awakened World-Honoured [One’s] most essential of teachings, [but it is a] pity [that] people [are] not willing [to] truly contemplate [and] think [about it].


[The] suffering of [the] hells, compared [with the] tragedies of waters [and] fires, [is] deeper [by] immeasurably boundless times. Yet, [when] contemplating [by] water washed [away and by] fire burnt, [they are] then terrified, [when] contemplating hell, [they are] then careless.


[On the] one hand, [due to their] minds’ power [being] little, [they are] not able [to] detailedly [know] all [of] its suffering matters. [On the] other hand, [once] personally [with their] eyes seeing [them, they are] unconsciously [with] hair standing [and] backbones chilling [with terror].

Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
Dharma Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings (First Compilation): Reply To Bāo Shīxián;
Record [Of] Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence (97th Short Section): 3rd [Chapter]: Guidance [On] Practice Methods: Third, Clear Remedies [For] Habitual Tendencies (4th Short Section)
[Ref: #97 / 3.3.4]

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

Related Text:

Record Of Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence

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