[102] Wonderful Methods Of Inward Illumination With Returned Light 返照回光之妙法

[102] Wonderful Methods Of Inward Illumination [With] Returned Light


[To] outwardly chase [and] seek, [is] not knowing [to] inwardly illuminate [with] returned light. Thus learning Buddhism, [it is] especially difficult [to] attain its true benefits.


Mencius said, ‘[The] path of learning [is] none other, [than to] seek [that] putting down [of the] mind only.’


You, learning Buddhism, yet not knowing [to] extinguish [distracting] thoughts [to be] mindful [of the] Buddha, [are] with [the] Confucian teachings still yet [to] truly follow [them], moreover [of the] Buddha’s teachings, then [with the] method of truly extinguishing [distracting thoughts]? (This [is] called immediate restraint [of the] mind, [to] not cause [it to] chase [the] outward. [By the] compiler respectfully annotated.)


Contemplator [Of The] World’s Sounds Bodhisattva [teaches to] ‘reverse hearing [to] hear self-nature.


Great Power Arrived Bodhisattva [teaches to] ‘gather all six roots, [with] pure mindfulness [in] continuous succession.


[The] Vajra Sūtra [teaches that Bodhisattvas] ‘should without that abiding, then give rise [to] their minds’, not abiding [in] sights, sounds, smells, tastes, touches [and] dharmas then practising giving, and even [the] ten thousand practices.


[The] Heart Sūtra [teaches to] ‘contemplate [upon and] realise [the] five aggregates [to] all [be of] emptiness.’


[These are] all [for] teaching people, wonderful methods of recognising [their] minds [in the] immediate circumstances.


If always [with the] focused desire [to] read extensively, [this is] not without benefits. However, [with] karmic obstacles yet [to be] eliminated, yet [to] attain its benefits, first receiving its sickness.

Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
Dharma Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings (First Compilation): Third Reply Letter [To] Mǎ Qìxī;
Record [Of] Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence (102nd Short Section): 3rd [Chapter]: Guidance [On] Practice Methods: Third, Clear Remedies [For] Habitual Tendencies (9th Short Section)

[Ref: #102 / 3.3.9]

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

Related Text:

Record Of Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence

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