Without Confusion [And] Laziness, Without Moving Gather [The] Mind
[With the] initial mind mindful [of the] Buddha, when yet [to] reach personal realisation of samādhi, who [is] able [to] not have false thoughts? That valuable [is the] mind [that is] constantly aware [and] illuminating, [that does] not follow false [thoughts to be] transformed.
[As an] analogy, like two armies facing off [each other, there] must [be] firm guarding of one’s city walls, [to] not lead thieving soldiers [to even] slightly be [able to] invade. Awaiting [for] those thieves, as soon as [they] act, [to] immediately receive [these] enemies to fight [them].
[There] must [be] dispatching soldiers of right awakening, [on the] four sides [to] surround. So that [they are, to] ascend [to the] sky without [a] road, [and to] enter [the] ground without [a] gate. They [will] naturally [become] fearful [and] obtain extinction, immediately [with] one after another surrendering.
That most important one strategy, [is] only with [the] chief commander [being] not confused [and] not lazy, constantly [at all] times [being] clear-headed. If once confused [and] lazy, not only [is he] not able [to] eliminate [the] thieves, [he is] instead by [the] thieves eliminated.
Therefore, of people mindful [of the] Buddha, [if] not knowing [to] gather [the] mind, [they are with] more and more reciting, [with] more and more arising [of] false thoughts. If able [to] gather [the] mind, then will false thoughts gradually lighten, with [this] until [being] without [them].
Thus saying, ‘Learning [the] path [is] similar to guarding [a] forbidden city, [in] day guarding [against the] six thieves [of sights, sounds, smells, tastes, touches and thoughts (色声香味触法) and at] night [with] clear-headedness. [The] general [is the] chief commander, [who is] able [to] issue orders, without moving [any] weapons, [able to] determine great peace.’ [By Great Master Miàopǔ Xìngkōng (妙普性空大师).]
Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
Dharma Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings (First Compilation): Reply Letter [To] Xú Yànrú [And] Yìrú;
Record [Of] Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence (101st Short Section): 3rd [Chapter]: Guidance [On] Practice Methods: Third, Clear Remedies [For] Habitual Tendencies (8th Short Section)
[Ref: #101 / 3.3.8]
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