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Within Buddhism, there are very many important sutras. However, the most important Sutra is the Shurangama Sutra. If there are places which have the Shurangama Sutra, then the Proper Dharma dwells in the world. If there is no Shurangama Sutra, then the Dharma Ending Age appears. Therefore, we Buddhist disciples, each and every one, must bring our strength, must bring our blood, and must bring our sweat to protect the Shurangama Sutra. In the Sutra of the Ultimate Extinction of the Dharma, it says very, very clearly that in the Dharma Ending Age, the Shurangama Sutra is the first to disappear, and the rest of the sutras disappear after it. If the Shurangama Sutra does not disappear, then the Proper Dharma Age is present. Because of that, we Buddhist disciples must use our lives to protect the Shurangama Sutra, must use vows and resolution to protect the Shurangama Sutra, and cause the Shurangama Sutra to be known far and wide, reaching every nook and cranny, reaching into each and every dust-mote, reaching out to the exhaustion of empty space and of the Dharma Realm. If we can do that, then there will be a time of Proper Dharma radiating great light.
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Within Buddhism, there are very many important sutras. However, the most important Sutra is the Shurangama Sutra. If there are places which have the Shurangama Sutra, then the Proper Dharma dwells in the world. If there is no Shurangama Sutra, then the Dharma Ending Age appears. Therefore, we Buddhist disciples, each and every one, must bring our strength, must bring our blood, and must bring our sweat to protect the Shurangama Sutra. In the Sutra of the Ultimate Extinction of the Dharma, it says very, very clearly that in the Dharma Ending Age, the Shurangama Sutra is the first to disappear, and the rest of the sutras disappear after it. If the Shurangama Sutra does not disappear, then the Proper Dharma Age is present. Because of that, we Buddhist disciples must use our lives to protect the Shurangama Sutra, must use vows and resolution to protect the Shurangama Sutra, and cause the Shurangama Sutra to be known far and wide, reaching every nook and cranny, reaching into each and every dust-mote, reaching out to the exhaustion of empty space and of the Dharma Realm. If we can do that, then there will be a time of Proper Dharma radiating great light.


Why would the Shurangama Sutra be destroyed? It is because it is too true. The Shurangama Sutra is the Buddha’s true body. The Shurangama Sutra is the Buddha’s sharira. The Shurangama Sutra is the Buddha’s true and actual stupa and shrine. Therefore, because the Shurangama Sutra is so true, all the demon kings use all kinds of methods to destroy the Shurangama Sutra. They begin by starting rumors, saying that the Shurangama Sutra is phony. Why do they say the Shurangama Sutra is phony? It is because the Shurangama Sutra speaks too truly, especially in the sections on The Four Decisive Deeds, the Twenty-five Sages Describing Perfect Penetration, and the States of the Fifty Skandha Demons. Those of off-center persuasions and externally-oriented ways, weird demons and strange freaks, are unable to stand it. Consequently there are a good many senseless people who claim that the Shurangama Sutra is a forgery.

Now, the principles set forth in the Shurangama Sutra are on the one hand proper, and on the other in accord with principle, and the weird demons and strange freaks, those in various cults and sects, all cannot hide away their forms. Most senseless people, in particular unwise scholars and garbage-collecting professors “Tread upon the holy writ.” With their extremely scant and partial understanding, they are confused and unclear, lacking real erudition and true and actual wisdom. That is why they falsely criticize. We who study the Buddhadharma should very deeply be aware of these circumstances. Therefore, wherever we go, we should bring up the Shurangama Sutra. Wherever we go, we should propagate the Shurangama Sutra. Wherever we go, we should introduce the Shurangama Sutra to people. Why is that? It is because we wish to cause the Proper Dharma long to dwell in the world.

If the Shurangama Sutra is regarded as true, then there is no problem. To verify its truth, let me say that if the Shurangama Sutra were phony, then I would willingly fall into the hells forever through all eternity—for being unable to recognize the Buddhadharma—for mistaking the false for true. If the Shurangama Sutra is true, then life after life in every time I make the vow to propagate the Great Dharma of the Shurangama, that I shall in every time and every place propagate the true principles of the Shurangama.

Everyone should pay attention to the following point. How could the Shurangama Sutra not have been spoken by the Buddha? No one else could have spoken the Shurangama Sutra. And so I hope that all those people who make senseless accusations will wake up fast and stop creating the causes for suffering in the Hell of Pulling Out Tongues. No matter who the scholar is, no matter what country students of the Buddhadharma are from, all should quickly mend their ways, admit their mistakes, and manage to change. There is no greater good than that. I can then say that all who look at the Shurangama Sutra, all who listen to the Shurangama Sutra, and all who investigate the Shurangama Sutra, will very quickly accomplish Buddhahood.

The Shurangama Sutra


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(Translated into English by the Buddhist Text Translation Society)

The Sutra of the Foremost Shurangama at the Great Buddha’s Summit Concerning the Tathagata’s Secret Cause of Cultivation, His Certification to the Complete Meaning and all Bodhisattvas’ Myriad Practices.

大佛顶如来密因修证了义诸菩萨万行首楞严经

Translated during the T’ang Dynasty by Shramana Paramiti from Central India.

唐中天竺沙门般剌密谛译

Reviewed by Shramana Meghashikara from Udyana.

乌藏苌国沙门弥伽释迦译语

Certified by Shramana Hwai Di from Nan Lwo Monastery on Lwo Fu Mountain.

罗浮山南楼寺沙门怀迪证译

Edited by Bodhisattva-precepts Disciple Fang Yung of Ching He, former Censor of State, and concurrently Attendant and Minister, and Court Regulator.

菩萨戒弟子前正议大夫同中书门下平章事清河房融笔受

Chapter 1 卷一 Thus I have heard. At one time the Buddha dwelt at the city of Shravasti in the sublime abode of the Jeta Grove.

如是我闻。一时佛在室罗筏城。只桓精舍。

With a gathering of great bhikshus, twelve hundred fifty in all.

与大比丘众。千二百五十人俱。

All were great Arhats without outflows, disciples of the Buddha, dwellers and maintainers. They had fully transcended all existence, and were able to travel everywhere, and to accomplish the awesome deportment.

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皆是无漏大阿罗汉。佛子住持。善超诸有。能于国土。成就威仪。

They followed the Buddha in turning the wheel and were wonderfully worthy of the bequest. Stern and pure in the Vinaya, they were great exemplars in the three realms. Their limitless response-bodies took living beings across and liberated them, pulling out and rescuing those of the future so they could transcend all the bonds of dust.

从佛转轮。妙堪遗嘱。严净毗尼。弘范三界。应身无量。度脱众生。拔济未来。越诸尘累。

The names of the leaders were: the greatly wise Shariputra, Mahamaudgalyayana, Mahakaushthila, Purnamaitreyaniputra, Subhuti, Upanishad, and others.

其名曰。大智舍利弗。摩诃目犍连。摩诃拘絺罗。富楼那弥多罗尼子。须菩提。优波尼沙陀等。而为上首。

Moreover limitless Pratyekas who were beyond study and those with initial resolve came to where the Buddha was to join the bhikshus’ Pravarana at the close of the summer retreat.

复有无量辟支无学。并其初心。同来佛所。属诸比丘。休夏自恣。

Bodhisattvas from the ten directions who desired counsel in order to resolve the doubts in their minds were respectful and obedient to the Awesome but Compassionate One as they prepared to seek the Secret Meaning.

十方菩萨咨决心疑。钦奉慈严将求密义。

Then the Tathagata arranged his seat, sat quietly and peacefully, and for the sake of everyone in the assembly proclaimed the profound and mysterious. Those in the pure assembly at the banquet of Dharma obtained what they had never obtained before.

实时如来敷座宴安。为诸会中。宣示深奥。法筵清众。得未曾有。

The Immortal’s kalavinka-sound pervaded the ten directions and Bodhisattvas as numerous as the sands of the Ganges gathered at the Bodhimanda with Manjushri as their leader.

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迦陵仙音。遍十方界。恒沙菩萨。来聚道场。文殊师利而为上首。

Then King Prasenajit, for the sake of his father, the late king, arranged on the day of mourning a vegetarian feast and invited the Buddha to the side rooms of the palace. He welcomed the Tathagata in person with a vast array of superb delicacies of unsurpassed wonderful flavors and himself invited the great Bodhisattvas.

时波斯匿王。为其父王讳日营斋。请佛宫掖。自迎如来。广设珍羞无上妙味。兼复亲延诸大菩萨。

In the city were also elders and laypeople who were also prepared to feed the Sangha at the same time, and they stood waiting for the Buddha to come and receive offerings.

城中复有长者居士同时饭僧。伫佛来应。

The Buddha commanded Manjushri to assign the Bodhisattvas and Arhats to receive offerings from the various vegetarian hosts.

佛敕文殊。分领菩萨及阿罗汉。应诸斋主。

Only Ananda, who, having accepted a special invitation earlier, had traveled far and had not yet returned, was late for the apportioning of the Sangha. No senior-seated one or Acharya was with him, so he was returning alone on the road.

唯有阿难。先受别请。远游未还。不遑僧次。既无上座。及阿阇黎。途中独归。

On that day he had received no offerings, and so at the appropriate time Ananda took up his begging bowl and, as he traveled through the city, begged in successive order.

其日无供。实时阿难。执持应器。于所游城。次第循乞。

As he first began to beg, he thought to himself that down to the very last danapati who would be his vegetarian host he would not question whether they were clean or unclean; whether they were ksatriyas of honorable name or chandalas. While practicing equality and compassion he would not merely select the lowly but was determined to perfect all living beings’ limitless merit and

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virtue.

心中初求最后檀越。以为斋主。无问净秽。刹利尊姓及旃陀罗。方行等慈。不择微贱。发意圆成一切众生无量功德。

Ananda already knew that the Tathagata, the World Honored One, had admonished Subhuti and great Kashyapa for being Arhats whose hearts were not fair and equal, and he regarded with respect the Tathagata’s instructions on impartiality, to save everyone from doubt and slander.

阿难已知如来世尊。诃须菩提及大迦叶为阿罗汉。心不均平。钦仰如来。开阐无遮。度诸疑谤。

Having crossed the city moat, he walked slowly through the outer gates, his manner stern and proper as he honored with propriety the method of obtaining food.

经彼城隍。徐步郭门。严整威仪。肃恭斋法。

At that time, because Ananda was begging in sequential order, he passed by a house of prostitution and was waylaid by a powerful artifice. By means of a mantra of the Kapila religion, formerly of the Brahma Heaven, the daughter of Matangi drew him onto an impure mat.

尔时阿难。因乞食次。经历淫室。遭大幻术。摩登伽女。以娑毗迦罗先梵天咒。摄入淫席。

With her licentious body she stroked and rubbed him until he was on the verge of destroying the precept-substance.

淫躬抚摩。将毁戒体。

The Tathagata, knowing Ananda was being taken advantage of by the indecent artifice, finished the meal and immediately began his return journey. The king, great officials, elders, and laypeople followed along after the Buddha, desiring to hear the essentials of Dharma.

如来知彼淫术所加。斋毕旋归。王及大臣长者居士。俱来随佛。愿闻法要。

Then the World Honored One emitted a hundred rays of jeweled and fearless light from his crown. Within the light appeared a thousand-petalled precious

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lotus, upon which was seated a transformation-body Buddha in full-lotus posture, proclaiming a spiritual mantra.

于时世尊。顶放百宝无畏光明。光中出生千叶宝莲。有佛化身。结跏趺坐。宣说神咒。

He commanded Manjushri to take the mantra and go provide protection, and, when the evil mantra was extinguished, to lend support, and to encourage Ananda and Matangi’s daughter to return to where the Buddha was.

敕文殊师利将咒往护。恶咒消灭。提奖阿难及摩登伽。归来佛所。

Ananda saw the Buddha, bowed, and wept sorrowfully, regretting that from time without beginning he had been preoccupied with erudition and had not yet perfected his strength in the Way. He respectfully and repeatedly requested an explanation of the very first expedients of the wonderful shamatha, samapatti, and dhyana, by means of which the Tathagatas of the ten directions had realized Bodhi.

阿难见佛。顶礼悲泣。恨无始来一向多闻。未全道力。殷勤启请。十方如来得成菩提。妙奢摩他。三摩。禅那。最初方便。

At that time Bodhisattvas as numerous as the sands of the Ganges, great Arhats, pratyekas, and others from the ten directions, were also present. Pleased at the opportunity to listen, they withdrew silently to their seats to receive the sagely instruction.

于时复有恒沙菩萨。及诸十方大阿罗汉辟支佛等。俱愿乐闻。退坐默然。承受圣旨。

In the midst of the great assembly, the World Honored One then extended his golden arm, rubbed Ananda’s crown, and said to Ananda and the great assembly, “There is a samadhi called the King of the Foremost Shurangama at the Great Buddha’s Summit Replete with the Myriad Practices; it is a path wonderfully adorned and the single door through which the Tathagatas of the ten directions gained transcendence. You should now listen attentively.” Ananda bowed down to receive the compassionate instruction humbly.

尔时世尊。在大众中。舒金色臂。摩阿难顶。告示阿难及诸大众。有三摩提。名大佛顶首楞严王。具足万行。十方如来一门超出妙庄严路。汝今谛听。阿难

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顶礼。伏受慈旨。

The Buddha said to Ananda, “You and I are of the same family and share the affection of a natural relationship. At the time of your initial resolve, what were the outstanding characteristics which you saw in my Dharma that caused you to suddenly cast aside the deep kindness and love found in the world?”

佛告阿难。汝我同气。情均天伦。当初发心。于我法中。见何胜相。顿舍世间深重恩爱。

Ananda said to the Buddha, “I saw the Tathagata’ s thirty-two characteristics, which were so supremely wonderful, so incomparable, that his entire body had a shimmering transparence just like that of crystal.

阿难白佛。我见如来。三十二相。胜妙殊绝。形体映彻。犹如琉璃。

“I often thought to myself that these characteristics cannot be born of desire and love. Why? The vapors of desire are coarse and murky. From foul and putrid intercourse comes a turbid mixture of pus and blood which cannot give off such a magnificent, pure, and brilliant concentration of purple-golden light. And so I thirstily gazed upward, followed the Buddha, and let the hair fall from my head.”

常自思惟。此相非是欲爱所生。何以故。欲气粗浊。腥臊交遘。脓血杂乱。不能发生胜净妙明紫金光聚。是以渴仰。从佛剃落。

The Buddha said, “Very good, Ananda. You should all know that all living beings are continually born and continually die, simply because they do not know the everlasting true mind, the bright substance of the pure nature. Instead they engage in false thinking. It has been so since time without beginning. Their thoughts are not true, and so the wheel keeps turning.

佛言。善哉阿难。汝等当知一切众生。从无始来。生死相续。皆由不知常住真心性净明体。用诸妄想。此想不真。故有轮转。

“Now you wish to investigate the unsurpassed Bodhi and actually discover your nature. You should answer my questions with a straightforward mind, because that is exactly the way the Tathagatas of the ten directions escaped birth and death. Their minds were all straightforward, and since their minds and words were consistently that way, from the beginning, through the intermediate stages

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to the end, they were never in the least evasive.

汝今欲研无上菩提。真发明性。应当直心酬我所问。十方如来同一道故。出离生死。皆以直心。心言直故。如是乃至终始地位。中间永无诸委曲相。

“Ananda, I now ask you: at the time of your initial resolve, which arose in response to the Tathagata’s thirty-two characteristics, what was it that saw those characteristics and who delighted in them?”

阿难。我今问汝。当汝发心缘于如来三十二相。将何所见。谁为爱乐。

Ananda said to the Buddha, “World Honored One, this is the way I experienced the delight: I used my mind and eyes. Because my eyes saw the Tathagata’s outstanding characteristics, my mind gave rise to delight. That is why I became resolved and wished to removed myself from birth and death.”

阿难白佛言。世尊。如是爱乐。用我心目。由目观见如来胜相。心生爱乐。故我发心。愿舍生死。

The Buddha said to Ananda, “It is as you say, that experience of delight actually occurs because of your mind and eyes. If you do not know where your mind and eyes are, you will not be able to conquer the wearisome dust.

佛告阿难。如汝所说。真所爱乐。因于心目。若不识知心目所在。则不能得降伏尘劳。

“For example, when a king’s country is invaded by thieves and he sends out his troops to suppress and banish them, the troops must know where the thieves are.

譬如国王。为贼所侵。发兵讨除。是兵要当知贼所在。

“It is the fault of your mind and eyes that you flow and turn. I am now asking you specifically about your mind and eyes: where are they now?”

使汝流转。心目为咎。吾今问汝。唯心与目。今何所在。

Ananda said to the Buddha, “World Honored One, all the ten kinds of living beings in the world alike maintain that the conscious mind dwells within the body; and as I regard the Tathagata’s blue lotus-flower eyes, they too are on the Buddha’s face.

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阿难白佛言。世尊。一切世间十种异生。同将识心居在身内。纵观如来青莲华眼。亦在佛面。

“I now observe that these prominent organs, four kinds of defiling objects, are on my face, and so, too, my conscious mind actually is within my body.”

我今观此浮根四尘。祗在我面。如是识心。实居身内。

The Buddha said to Ananda, “You are now sitting in the Tathagata’s lecture hall looking at the Jeta Grove. Where is it at present?”

佛告阿难。汝今现坐如来讲堂。观只陀林。今何所在。

“World Honored One, this great many-storied pure lecture hall is in the Garden of the Benefactor of the Solitary. At present the Jeta Grove is in fact outside the hall.”

世尊。此大重阁清净讲堂。在给孤园。今只陀林实在堂外。

“Ananda, as you are now in the hall, what do you see first?”

阿难。汝今堂中先何所见。

“World Honored One, here in the hall I first see the Tathagata, next I see the great assembly, and from there, as I gaze outward, I see the grove and garden.”

世尊。我在堂中。先见如来。次观大众。如是外望。方瞩林园。

“Ananda, why it is you are able to see the grove and the garden as you look at them?”

阿难。汝瞩林园。因何有见。

“World Honored One, since the doors and windows of this great lecture hall have been thrown open wide, I can be in the hall and see into the distance.”

世尊。此大讲堂。户牖开豁。故我在堂得远瞻见。

The Buddha said to Ananda, “It is as you say. When one is in the lecture hall and the doors and windows are open wide, one can see far into the garden and grove. Could there be someone in the hall who does not see the Tathagata and yet sees

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outside the hall?”

佛告阿难。如汝所言。身在讲堂。户牖开豁。远瞩林园。亦有众生在此堂中。不见如来。见堂外者。

Ananda answered: “World Honored One, to be in the hall and not see the Tathagata, and yet see the grove and fountains is impossible.”

阿难答言。世尊。在堂不见如来。能见林泉。无有是处。

“Ananda, you are like that too.

阿难。汝亦如是。

“Your mind is capable of understanding everything thoroughly. Now if your present mind, which thoroughly understands everything, were in your body, then you should be aware first of what is inside your body. Can there be living beings who first see inside their bodies before they observe things outside?

汝之心灵一切明了。若汝现前。所明了心实在身内。尔时先合了知内身。颇有众生。先见身中。后观外物。

“Even if you cannot see your heart, liver, spleen, and stomach, still, the growing of your nails and hair, the twist of your sinews, and the throb of your pulse should be clearly understood. Why don’t you perceive these things? If you cannot perceive what is inside at all, how can you perceive what is outside?

纵不能见心肝脾胃。爪生发长。筋转脉摇。诚合明了。如何不知。必不内知。云何知外。

“Therefore you should know that you state the impossible when you say that the aware and knowing mind is in the body.”

是故应知。汝言觉了能知之心。住在身内。无有是处。

Ananda bowed his head and said to the Buddha, “Upon hearing such a Dharma-sound as the Tathagata has proclaimed, I realize that my mind is actually outside my body.

阿难稽首而白佛言。我闻如来如是法音。悟知我心实居身外。

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“Why? For example, a lamp alight in a room will certainly illumine the inside of the room first, and only then will it pour through the doorway to reach the recesses of the hall. For all living beings who do not see within their bodies but only see outside them, it is as if the lighted lamp were placed outside the room, so that it cannot illumine the room.

所以者何。譬如灯光然于室中。是灯必能先照室内。从其室门。后及庭际。一切众生。不见身中。独见身外。亦如灯光。居在室外。不能照室。

“This principle is certainly clear: it is absolutely beyond all doubt and exactly the Buddha’s entire meaning, and so it isn’t wrong is it?”

是义必明。将无所惑。同佛了义得无妄耶。

The Buddha said to Ananda, “All these bhikshus who just followed me to the city of Shravasti to beg in sequence for food have returned to the Jeta Grove and are rolling their food into balls as they eat. I have already finished eating, but consider the bhikshus: when one person eats, does everyone get full?”

佛告阿难。是诸比丘。适来从我室罗筏城。循乞抟食。归只陀林。我已宿斋。汝观比丘。一人食时。诸人饱不。

Ananda answered, “No, World Honored One. Why? These bhikshus are Arhats, but their individual lives differ. How could one person’s eating cause everyone to be full?”

阿难答言。不也。世尊。何以故。是诸比丘。虽阿罗汉。躯命不同。云何一人能令众饱。

The Buddha told Ananda, “If your mind which understands, knows, sees and is aware were actually outside your body, your body and mind would be mutually exclusive and would have no relationship to one another. The body would be unaware of what the mind perceives, and the mind would not perceive the awareness within the body.

佛告阿难。若汝觉了知见之心。实在身外。身心相外。自不相干。则心所知。身不能觉。觉在身际。心不能知。

“Now as I show you my tula-cotton hand, does your mind distinguish it when your eyes see it?”

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我今示汝兜罗绵手。汝眼见时。心分别不。

Ananda answered, “So it is, World Honored One.”

阿难答言。如是。世尊。

The Buddha told Ananda, “If the mind and eyes create a common perception, how then can the mind be outside?

佛告阿难。若相知者。云何在外。

“Therefore you should know you state the impossible when you say that the mind which knows, understands, and is aware is outside the body.”

是故应知。汝言觉了能知之心。住在身外。无有是处。

Ananda said to the Buddha, “World Honored One, it is as the Buddha has said, since I cannot see inside, my mind does not reside in the body. Since my body and mind have a common awareness, they are not separate and so my mind does not dwell outside my body. As I now consider it, I know it is in a certain place.”

阿难白佛言。世尊。如佛所言。不见内故。不居身内。身心相知。不相离故。不在身外。我今思惟。知在一处。

The Buddha said, “Now where is it?”

佛言。处今何在。

Ananda said, “Since the mind which knows and understands does not perceive what is inside but can see outside, upon reflection I believe it is concealed in the organ of vision.

阿难言。此了知心。既不知内。而能见外。如我思忖。潜伏根里。

“For example, when someone places crystal bowls over his eyes, the bowls cover his eyes but do not obstruct his vision. The organ of vision is thus able to see, and discriminations are made accordingly.

犹如有人。取琉璃碗。合其两眼。虽有物合。而不留碍。彼根随见。随即分别。

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“And so my mind which knows, understands, and is aware does not see within because it resides in the organ. It can gaze outside clearly, without obstruction for the same reason: it is concealed in the organ.”

然我觉了能知之心。不见内者。为在根故。分明瞩外。无障碍者。潜根内故。

The Buddha said to Ananda, “Assuming that it is concealed in the organ, as you assert in your analogy of the crystals: if someone were to cover his eyes with the crystals and look at the mountains and rivers, would he see the crystals as well?”

佛告阿难。如汝所言。潜根内者。犹如琉璃。彼人当以琉璃笼眼。当见山河。见琉璃不。

“Yes, World Honored One, if a person were to cover his eyes with the crystals, he would in fact see the crystals.”

如是。世尊。是人当以琉璃笼眼。实见琉璃。

The Buddha said to Ananda, “If your mind is analogous to the eyes covered with crystals, then when you see the mountains and rivers, why don’t you see your eyes?

佛告阿难。汝心若同琉璃合者。当见山河。何不见眼。

“If you could see your eyes, your eyes would be part of the external environment. If you cannot see them, why did you say that the mind which understands, knows, and is aware is concealed in the organ of vision as eyes are covered by crystals?

若见眼者。眼即同境。不得成随。若不能见。云何说言此了知心。潜在根内。如琉璃合。

“Therefore you should know that you state the impossible when you say that the mind which knows, understands, and is aware is concealed in the organ of vision in the way that the eyes are covered by crystals.”

是故应知。汝言觉了能知之心。潜伏根里。如琉璃合。无有是处。

Ananda said to the Buddha, “World Honored One, I now offer this reconsideration: viscera and bowels lie inside the bodies of living beings, while the orifices are open to the exterior. There is darkness at the bowels and light at

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the orifices.

阿难白佛言。世尊。我今又作如是思惟。是众生身。腑藏在中。窍穴居外。有藏则暗。有窍则明。

“Now, as I face the Buddha and open my eyes, I see light: that is to see outside. When I close my eyes and see darkness, that is to see within. How does that principle sound?”

今我对佛。开眼见明。名为见外。闭眼见暗。名为见内。是义云何。

The Buddha said to Ananda, “When you close your eyes and see darkness, does the darkness you experience lie before your eyes? If it does lie before your eyes, then the darkness is in front of your eyes. How can that be said to be ‘within’?

佛告阿难。汝当闭眼见暗之时。此暗境界。为与眼对。为不对眼。若与眼对。暗在眼前。云何成内。

“If it were within, then when you are in a dark room without the light of sun, moon, or lamps, the darkness in the room would constitute your ‘warmers’ and viscera. If it is not before you, how can it be seen?

若成内者。居暗室中。无日月灯。此室暗中。皆汝焦腑。若不对者。云何成见。

“If you assert that there is an inward seeing that is distinct from seeing outside. In that case, when you close your eyes and see darkness, you would be seeing inside the body. Therefore, when you open your eyes and see light, why can’t you see your own face?

若离外见。内对所成。合眼见暗。名为身中。开眼见明。何不见面。

“If you cannot see your face, then there can be no seeing within. If you can see your face, then your mind that knows and understands and your organ of vision as well must be suspended in space. How could they be part of your body?

若不见面。内对不成。见面若成。此了知心。及与眼根。乃在虚空。何成在内。

“If they are in space, then they are not part of your body. Otherwise the

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Tathagata who now sees your face should be part of your body as well.

若在虚空。自非汝体。即应如来今见汝面。亦是汝身。

“In that case, when your eyes perceive something, your body would remain unaware of it. If you press the point and say that the body and eyes each have an awareness, then you should have two perceptions, and your one body should eventually become two Buddhas.

汝眼已知。身合非觉。必汝执言。身眼两觉。应有二知。即汝一身。应成两佛。

“Therefore you should know that you state the impossible when you say that to see darkness is to see within.”

是故应知。汝言见暗名见内者。无有是处。

Ananda said to the Buddha, “I have heard the Buddha instruct the four assemblies that because the mind arises every kind of dharma arises, and that because dharmas arise, every kind of mind arises.

阿难言。我尝闻佛开示四众。由心生故。种种法生。由法生故。种种心生。

“As I now consider it, the substance of that very consideration is truly the nature of the mind. Wherever it comes together with things, the mind exists in response. It does not exist in the three locations of inside, outside and in between.”

我今思惟。即思惟体。实我心性。随所合处。心则随有。亦非内外中间三处。

The Buddha said to Ananda, “Now you say that because dharmas arise, every kind of mind arises. Wherever it comes together with things, the mind exists in response. But if it has no substance, the mind cannot come together with anything. If, having no substance, it can yet come together with things, that would constitute a nineteenth realm brought about by a union with the seventh defiling object, and there is no such principle.

佛告阿难。汝今说言。由法生故。种种心生。随所合处。心随有者。是心无体。则无所合。若无有体而能合者。则十九界因七尘合。是义不然。

“If it does have substance, when you pinch your body with your hand, does your mind which perceives it come out from the inside or in from the outside? If it

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comes out from the inside, then, once again, it should see within your body. If it comes in from outside, it should see your face first.”

若有体者。如汝以手自挃其体。汝所知心。为复内出。为从外入。若复内出。还见身中。若从外来。先合见面。

Ananda said, “Seeing is done with the eyes. The mind’s perception is not that of the eyes. To say it sees doesn’t make sense.”

阿难言。见是其眼。心知非眼。为见非义。

The Buddha said, “To suppose that the eyes can see is like supposing that the doors of a room can see. Also, when someone has died but his eyes are still intact, his eyes should see things. How can it be death if one can still see?

佛言。若眼能见。汝在室中。门能见不。则诸已死。尚有眼存。应皆见物。若见物者。云何名死。

“Furthermore, Ananda, if your mind which is aware, understands, and knows in fact has substance, then is it a single substance or many substances? Does its substance perceive the body as it now resides in it or does it not perceive it?

阿难。又汝觉了能知之心。若必有体。为复一体。为有多体。今在汝身。为复遍体。为不遍体。

“Supposing that it were a single substance, then when you pinched one limb with your fingers, the four limbs would be aware of it. If they all were aware of it, the pinch could not be at any one place. If the pinch were confined to one place, then the single substance you propose would not be possible.

若一体者。则汝以手挃一支时。四支应觉。若咸觉者。挃应无在。若挃有所。则汝一体。自不能成。

“Supposing that it were many substances: then you would be many people. Which substance would be you?

若多体者。则成多人。何体为汝。

“Supposing it were a pervasive substance: the case would be the same as before in the instance of pinching. But supposing it were not pervasive; then when you touched your head and touched your foot simultaneously, the foot would not

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perceive it if the head does. But that is not how you are.

若遍体者。同前所挃。若不遍者。当汝触头。亦触其足。头有所觉。足应无知。今汝不然。

“Therefore you should know that you state the impossible when you say that wherever it comes together with things, the mind exists in response.”

是故应知。随所合处。心则随有。无有是处。

Ananda said to the Buddha, “World Honored One, I also have heard the Buddha discuss true appearance with Manjushri and the other disciples of the Dharma king. The World Honored One also said, ‘the mind is not inside and it is not outside.’

阿难白佛言。世尊。我亦闻佛。与文殊等诸法王子。谈实相时。世尊亦言。心不在内。亦不在外。

“As I now consider it, if it were within, it would see things it does not see; if it were outside, there would be no common perception. Since it cannot see inside, it cannot be inside; and since the body and mind have common perception, it does not make sense to say it is outside. Therefore, since there is a common perception and since there is no seeing within, it must be in the middle.”

如我思惟。内无所见。外不相知。内无知故。在内不成。身心相知。在外非义。今相知故。复内无见。当在中间。

The Buddha said, “You say it is in the middle. That middle must not be haphazard or without a fixed location. Where is this middle that you propose? Is it in an external place, or is it in the body?

佛言。汝言中间。中必不迷。非无所在。今汝推中。中何为在。为复在处。为当在身。

“If it were in the body, it could not be on the surface of the body since that is not the middle. But to be in the middle is no different than being inside. If it were in an external place, would there be some evidence of it, or not? If there were no evidence of it, that would be the same as if it did not exist. If there were evidence of it, then it would have no fixed location.

若在身者。在边非中。在中同内。若在处者。为有所表。为无所表。无表同

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无。表则无定。

“Why? Suppose that someone were to indicate the middle by a marker. When regarded from the east, it would be to the west, and when regarded from the south, it would be to the north. The marker is unclear, and the mind would be equally chaotic.”

何以故。如人以表。表为中时。东看则西。南观成北。表体既混。心应杂乱。

Ananda said, “The middle I speak of is neither of those. As the World Honored One has said, the eyes and forms are the conditions which create the eye-consciousness. The eyes make discriminations; forms have no perception, but a consciousness is created between them. That is where my mind is.”

阿难言。我所说中。非此二种。如世尊言。眼色为缘。生于眼识。眼有分别。色尘无知。识生其中。则为心在。

The Buddha said, “If your mind were between the eye and an object, does the mind’s substance combine with the two or does it not?

佛言。汝心若在根尘之中。此之心体。为复兼二。为不兼二。

“If it did combine with the two, then objects and the mindsubstance would form a chaotic mixture. Since objects have no perception, while the substance has perception, the two would stand in opposition. Which is the middle?

若兼二者。物体杂乱。物非体知。成敌两立。云何为中。

“If it did not combine with the two, it would then be neither perceiver nor perceived and would have no substance or nature. Where would the characteristic of ‘middle’ be?

兼二不成。非知不知。即无体性。中何为相。

“Therefore you should know that for the mind to be in the middle is impossible.”

是故应知。当在中间。无有是处。

Ananda said to the Buddha, “World Honored One, when I have seen the Buddha turn the Dharma wheel in the past with great Maudgalyayana, Subhuti, Purna, and Shariputra, four of the great disciples, he often said that the nature of the

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mind which perceives makes discriminations, and is aware is located neither within nor outside nor in the middle; it is not located anywhere at all. That very non-attachment to anything is what is called the mind. Therefore, is my non-attachment my mind?”

阿难白佛言。世尊。我昔见佛。与大目连、须菩提、富楼那、舍利弗。四大弟子。共转法轮。常言觉知分别心性。既不在内。亦不在外。不在中间。俱无所在。一切无着。名之为心。则我无着。名为心不。

The Buddha said to Ananda, “You say that the nature of the mind which perceives, makes discriminations, and is aware is not located anywhere at all. The entirety things existing in the world consists of space, the waters, the land, the creatures that fly and walk, and all external objects. Does your nonattachment also exist?

佛告阿难。汝言觉知分别心性。俱无在者。世间虚空水陆飞行。诸所物象。名为一切。汝不著者。为在为无。

“If it does not exist, it is the same as hairs on a tortoise or horns on a rabbit. How can you speak of non-attachment?

无则同于龟毛兔角。云何不着。

“If non-attachment existed, it could not be said to be nonexistent. To be non-existent is to be without attributes. To be existent is to have attributes. Whatever has attributes has a location; how then can it be said to be unattached?

有不著者。不可名无。无相则无。非无即相。相有则在。云何无着。

“Therefore you should know, to call the aware, knowing mind non-attachment to anything is impossible.”

是故应知。一切无着。名觉知心。无有是处。

Then Ananda arose from his seat in the midst of the great assembly, uncovered his right shoulder, placed his right knee on the ground, respectfully put his palms together, and said to the Buddha,

尔时阿难。在大众中。即从座起。偏袒右肩。右膝着地。合掌恭敬。而白佛言。

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“I am the Tathagata’s youngest cousin. I have received the Buddha’s compassionate love and have left the home-life, but I have been dependent on his affection, and as a consequence have pursued erudition and am not yet without outflows.

我是如来最小之弟。蒙佛慈爱。虽今出家。犹恃憍怜。所以多闻未得无漏。

“I could not overcome the Kapila mantra. I was spun around by it and sank in the house of prostitution, all because I did not know the location of the realm of reality.

不能折伏娑毗罗咒。为彼所转。溺于媱舍。当由不知真际所诣。

“I only hope that the World Honored One, out of great kindness and pity, will instruct us in the path of shamata guide the icchantikas and overthrow the mlecchas.”

惟愿世尊。大慈哀愍。开示我等。奢摩他路。令诸阐提。隳弥戾车。

After he had finished speaking, he placed his five limbs on the ground along with the entire great assembly. Then they stood on tiptoe waiting attentively and thirstily to respectfully hear the instructions.

作是语已。五体投地。及诸大众。倾渴翘伫。钦闻示诲。

Then the World Honored One radiated forth from his face various kinds of light, dazzling light as brilliant as hundreds of thousands of suns.

尔时世尊。从其面门。放种种光。其光晃耀。如百千日。

The six kinds of quaking pervaded the Buddharealms, and thus lands as many as fine motes of dust throughout the ten directions appeared simultaneously.

普佛世界。六种震动。如是十方微尘国土。一时开现。

The Buddha’s awesome spirit caused all the realms to unite into a single realm.

佛之威神。令诸世界合成一界。

And in these realms all the great Bodhisattvas, each remaining in his own country, put their palms together and listened.

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其世界中。所有一切诸大菩萨。皆住本国。合掌承听。

The Buddha said to Ananda, “All living beings, from beginningless time onward and in all kinds of upside-down ways, have created seeds of karma which naturally run their course, like the aksha cluster.

佛告阿难。一切众生。从无始来。种种颠倒。业种自然。如恶叉聚。

“The reason those who cultivate cannot accomplish unsurpassed Bodhi, but instead reach the level of a Sound- Hearer or of one enlightened to conditions, or become accomplished in outside ways as heaven-dwellers or as demonkings or as members of the retinue of demons is that they do not know the two fundamental roots and are mistaken and confused in their cultivation.

诸修行人。不能得成无上菩提。乃至别成声闻缘觉。及成外道。诸天魔王。及魔眷属。皆由不知二种根本。错乱修习。

“They are like one who cooks sand in the hope of creating savory delicacies. They may pass through as many aeons there are motes of dust, but in the end they will not obtain what they want.

犹如煮沙。欲成嘉馔。纵经尘劫。终不能得。

“What are the two? Ananda, the first is the root of beginningless birth and death, which is the mind that seizes upon conditions and that you and all living beings now make use of, taking it to be the self-nature.

云何二种。阿难。一者。无始生死根本。则汝今者。与诸众生。用攀缘心。为自性者。

“The second is the primal pure substance of the beginningless Bodhi Nirvana. It is the primal bright essence of consciousness that can bring forth all conditions. Because of conditions, you consider it to be lost.

二者。无始菩提涅盘元清净体。则汝今者识精元明。能生诸缘。缘所遗者。

“Living beings lose sight of the original brightness: therefore, though they use it to the end of their days, they are unaware of it, and without intending to they enter the various destinies.

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由诸众生。遗此本明。虽终日行。而不自觉。枉入诸趣。

“Ananda, since you now wish to know about the path of shamatha with the hope of getting out of birth and death, I will question you further.”

阿难。汝今欲知奢摩他路。愿出生死。今复问汝。

Then the Tathagata raised his golden arm and bent his five wheeled fingers as he asked Ananda, “Do you see?”

实时如来举金色臂。屈五轮指。语阿难言。汝今见不。

Ananda said, “I see.”

阿难言见。

The Buddha said, “What do you see?”

佛言。汝何所见。

Ananda said, “I see the Tathagata raise his arm and bend his fingers into a fist of light which dazzles my mind and my eyes.”

阿难言。我见如来举臂屈指。为光明拳。耀我心目。

The Buddha said, “What do you see it with?”

佛言。汝将谁见。

Ananda said, “The members of the great assembly and I each see it with our eyes.”

阿难言。我与大众。同将眼见。

The Buddha said to Ananda, “You have answered me by saying that the Tathagata bends his fingers into a fist of light which dazzles your mind and eyes. Your eyes able to see, but what is the mind that is dazzled by my fist?”

佛告阿难。汝今答我。如来屈指为光明拳。耀汝心目。汝目可见。以何为心。当我拳耀。

Ananda said, “The Tathagata is asking where the mind is located. Now that I use

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my mind to search for it thoroughly, I propose that precisely what is able to investigate is my mind.”

阿难言。如来现今征心所在。而我以心推穷寻逐。即能推者。我将为心。

The Buddha said, “Hey! Ananda, that is not your mind.”

佛言。咄。阿难。此非汝心。

Startled, Ananda leapt from his seat, stood and put his palms together, and said to the Buddha, “If it’s not my mind, what is it?”

阿难矍然。避座合掌起立白佛。此非我心。当名何等。

The Buddha said to Ananda, “It is your perception of false appearances based on external objects which deludes your true nature and has caused you from beginningless time to your present life to recognize a thief as your son, to lose your eternal source, and to undergo the wheel’s turning.”

佛告阿难。此是前尘虚妄相想。惑汝真性。由汝无始至于今生。认贼为子。失汝元常。故受轮转。

Ananda said to the Buddha, “World Honored One, I am the Buddha’s favorite cousin. It is because my mind loved the Buddha that I was led to leave the home-life. It is my mind that not only makes offerings to the Tathagata, but also, in passing through lands as many as the grains of sand in the Ganges River to serve all Buddhas and good, wise advisors, and in martialing great courage to practice every difficult aspect of the dharma, I always use this mind. Even if I am slandering the dharma and eternally withdrawing my good roots, it would also be because of this mind. If this is not my mind, then I have no mind, and I am the same as a clod of earth or a piece of wood. Without this awareness and knowing, nothing would exist.

阿难白佛言。世尊。我佛宠弟。心爱佛故。令我出家。我心何独供养如来。乃至遍历恒沙国土。承事诸佛。及善知识。发大勇猛。行诸一切难行法事。皆用此心。纵令谤法。永退善根。亦因此心。若此发明不是心者。我乃无心。同诸土木。离此觉知。更无所有。

“Why does the Tathagata say this is not my mind? I am startled and frightened and not one member of the great assembly is without doubt. I only hope that the World Honored One will regard us with great compassion and instruct those

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who have not yet awakened.”

云何如来说此非心。我实惊怖。兼此大众。无不疑惑。惟垂大悲。开示未悟。

Then the World Honored One gave instruction to Ananda and the great assembly, wishing to cause their minds to enter the state of patience with the non-production of dharmas.

尔时世尊。开示阿难。及诸大众。欲令心入无生法忍。

From the lion’s seat he rubbed Ananda’s crown and said to him, “The Tathagata has often said that all dharmas that arise are only manifestations of the mind. All causes and effects, the worlds as many as fine motes of dust, come into being because of the mind.

于师子座。摩阿难顶。而告之言。如来常说诸法所生。唯心所现。一切因果。世界微尘。因心成体。

“Ananda, when all the things in the world, including blades of grass and strands of silk thread, are examined at their fundamental source, each is seen to have substance and a nature, even empty space has a name and an appearance.

阿难。若诸世界。一切所有。其中乃至草叶缕结。诘其根元。咸有体性。纵令虚空。亦有名貌。

“How much the less could the clear, wonderful, pure bright mind, the essence of all thoughts, itself be without a substance?

何况清净妙净明心。性一切心。而自无体。

“If you insist that the nature which knows and observes and is aware of distinctions is the mind, then apart from all forms, smells, tastes, and touches – apart from the workings of all the defiling objects – that mind should have its own complete nature.

若汝执吝。分别觉观。所了知性。必为心者。此心即应离诸一切色香味触诸尘事业。别有全性。

“And yet now, as you listen to my Dharma, it is because of sound that you are able to make distinctions.

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如汝今者承听我法。此则因声而有分别。

“Even if you could extinguish all seeing, hearing, awareness, and knowing, and maintain an inner composure, the shadows of your discrimination of dharmas would remain.

纵灭一切见闻觉知。内守幽闲。犹为法尘分别影事。

“I do not insist that you grant that it is not the mind. But examine your mind in minute detail to see whether there is a discriminating nature apart from the objects of sense. That would truly be your mind.

我非敕汝。执为非心。但汝于心。微细揣摩。若离前尘有分别性。即真汝心。

“If this discriminating nature has no substance apart objects, then it is shadows of discriminations of objects of mind.

若分别性。离尘无体。斯则前尘分别影事。

“The objects are not permanent, and when they pass out of existence, such a mind would be like hair on a tortoise or horns on a rabbit. In that case your Dharma-body would be extinguished along with it. Then who cultivates and attains patience with the non-production of dharmas?”

尘非常住。若变灭时。此心则同龟毛兔角。则汝法身同于断灭。其谁修证无生法忍。

At that point Ananda and everyone in the great assembly was speechless and at a total loss.

实时阿难。与诸大众。默然自失。

The Buddha said to Ananda, “There are cultivators in the world who, although they realize the nine successive stages of samadhi, do not achieve the extinction of outflows or become Arhats, all because they are attached to birth-and-death false thinking and mistake it for what is truly real. That is why now, although you are greatly learned, you have not realized the accomplishment of sagehood.”

佛告阿难。世间一切诸修学人。现前虽成九次第定。不得漏尽成阿罗汉。皆由执此生死妄想。误为真实。是故汝今虽得多闻。不成圣果。

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When Ananda heard that, he again wept sorrowfully, placed his five limbs on the ground, knelt on both knees, put his palms together, and said to the Buddha, “Since I followed the Buddha and left home, what I have done is to rely on the Buddha’s awesome spirit. I have often thought, ‘There is no reason for me to toil at cultivation’ expecting that the Tathagata would bestow samadhi upon me. I never realized that he could not stand in for me in body and mind. Thus, I lost my original mind and although my body has left the home-life, my mind has not entered the Way. I am like the poor son who renounced his father and roamed around.

阿难闻已。重复悲泪。五体投地。长跪合掌。而白佛言。自我从佛发心出家。恃佛威神。常自思惟。无劳我修。将谓如来惠我三昧。不知身心本不相代。失我本心。虽身出家。心不入道。譬如穷子。舍父逃逝。

“Therefore, today I realize that although I am greatly learned, if I do not cultivate, it is the same as if I had not learned anything; just as someone who only speaks of food will never get full.

今日乃知虽有多闻。若不修行。与不闻等。如人说食。终不能饱。

“World Honored One, now we all are bound by two obstructions and as a consequence do not perceive the still, eternal nature of the mind. I only hope the Tathagata will take pity on us poor and destitute ones and disclose the wonderful bright mind, and open my Way-eye.”

世尊。我等今者。二障所缠。良由不知寂常心性。惟愿如来。哀愍穷露。发妙明心。开我道眼。

Then from the character wan [signifying “myriad virtues”] on his chest, the Tathagata poured forth precious light. Radiant with hundreds of thousands of colors, the brilliant light simultaneously pervaded everywhere throughout the ten directions to Buddha-realms as many as fine motes of dust, anointing the crowns of every Tathagata in all the jeweled Buddhalands of the ten directions. Then it swept back to Ananda and all in the great assembly.

实时如来。从胸卍字。涌出宝光。其光晃昱。有百千色。十方微尘。普佛世界。一时周遍。遍灌十方所有宝刹诸如来顶。旋至阿难。及诸大众。

And said to Ananda, “I will now erect the great Dharma banner for you, to cause all living beings in the ten directions to obtain the wondrous subtle secret, the

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pure nature, the bright mind, and to attain the pure eye.

佛告阿难言。吾今为汝建大法幢。亦令十方一切众生。获妙微密。性净明心。得清净眼。

“Ananda, you have told me that you saw my fist of bright light. How did it take the form of a fist? How did the fist become bright? By what means could you see it?”

阿难。汝先答我见光明拳。此拳光明。因何所有。云何成拳。汝将谁见。

Ananda replied, “The body of the Buddha is born of purity and cleanness, and, therefore, it assumes the color of Jambu River gold with deep red hues. Hence, it shone as brilliant and dazzling as a precious mountain. It was actually my eyes that saw the Buddha bend his five-wheeled fingers to form a fist which was shown to all of us.”

阿难言。由佛全体阎浮檀金。赩如宝山。清净所生。故有光明。我实眼观。五轮指端。屈握示人。故有拳相。

The Buddha told Ananda, “Today the Tathagata will tell you truly. That all those with wisdom are able to achieve enlightenment through the use of examples.

佛告阿难。如来今日实言告汝。诸有智者。要以譬喻而得开悟。

“Ananda, take, for example, my fist: if I didn’t have a hand, I couldn’t make a fist. If you didn’t have eyes, you couldn’t see. If you apply the example of my fist to the case of your eyes, is the idea the same?”

阿难。譬如我拳。若无我手。不成我拳。若无汝眼。不成汝见。以汝眼根。例我拳理。其义均不。

Ananda said, “Yes, World Honored One. Since I can’t see without my eyes, if one applies the example of the Buddha’s fist to the case of your eyes, the idea is the same.”

阿难言。唯然世尊。既无我眼。不成我见。以我眼根。例如来拳。事义相类。

The Buddha said to Ananda, “You say it is the same, but that is not right. Why? If a person has no hand, his fist is gone forever. But one who is without eyes is

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not entirely devoid of sight.

佛告阿难。汝言相类。是义不然。何以故。如无手人。拳毕竟灭。彼无眼者。非见全无。

“For what reason? Try consulting a blind man on the street: ‘What do you see?’

所以者何。汝试于途。询问盲人。汝何所见。

“Any blind man will certainly answer, ‘Now I see only black in front of my eyes. Nothing else meets my gaze.’

彼诸盲人。必来答汝。我今眼前。唯见黑暗。更无他瞩。

“The meaning is apparent: if he sees blackness in front of him, how could his seeing be considered ‘lost’?”

以是义观。前尘自暗。见何亏损。

Ananda said, “The only thing blind people see in front of their eyes is blackness. How can that be seeing?”

阿难言。诸盲眼前。唯睹黑暗。云何成见。

The Buddha said to Ananda, “Is there any difference between the blackness seen by blind people, who do not have the use of their eyes, and the blackness seen by someone who has the use of his eyes when he is in a dark room?”

佛告阿难。诸盲无眼。唯观黑暗。与有眼人。处于暗室。二黑有别。为无有别。

“So it is, World Honored One. Between the two kinds of blackness, that seen by the person in a dark room and that seen by the blind, there is no difference.”

如是世尊。此暗中人。与彼群盲。二黑校量。曾无有异。

“Ananda, if the person without the use of his eyes who sees only blackness were suddenly to regain his sight and see all kinds of forms, and you say it is his eyes which see, then when the person in a dark room who sees only blackness suddenly sees all kinds of forms because a lamp is lit, you should say it is the lamp which sees.

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阿难。若无眼人。全见前黑。忽得眼光。还于前尘见种种色。名眼见者。彼暗中人。全见前黑。忽获灯光。亦于前尘见种种色。应名灯见。

“If it is a case of the lamp seeing, it would be a lamp endowed with sight – which couldn’t be called a lamp. And if the lamp were to do the seeing, how would you be involved?

若灯见者。灯能有见。自不名灯。又则灯观。何关汝事。

“Therefore you should know that while the lamp can reveal the forms, it is the eyes, not the lamp, that do the seeing. And while the eyes can reveal the forms, the seeing-nature comes from the mind, not the eyes.”

是故当知。灯能显色。如是见者。是眼非灯。眼能显色。如是见性。是心非眼。

Although Ananda and everyone in the great assembly had heard what was said, their minds had not yet understood, and so they remained silent. Hoping to hear more of the gentle sounds of the Tathagata’s teaching, they put their palms together, purified their minds, and stood waiting for the Tathagata’s compassionate instruction.

阿难虽复得闻是言。与诸大众。口已默然。心未开悟。犹冀如来慈音宣示。合掌清心。伫佛悲诲。

Then the World Honored One extended his tula-cotton webbed bright hand, opened his five-wheeled fingers, and told Ananda and the great assembly, “When I first accomplished the Way I went to the Deer Park, and for the sake of Ajnatakaundinya and all five of the bhikshus, as well as for you of the fourfold assembly, I said, ‘It is because living beings are impeded by guest-dust and affliction that they do not realize Bodhi or become arhats.’ At that time, what caused you who have now realized the holy fruit to become enlightened?”

尔时世尊。舒兜罗绵网相光手。开五轮指。诲敕阿难。及诸大众。我初成道。于鹿园中。为阿若多五比丘等。及汝四众言。一切众生。不成菩提。及阿罗汉。皆由客尘烦恼所误。汝等当时。因何开悟。今成圣果。

Then Ajnatakaundinya arose and said to the Buddha, “Of the elders now present in the great assembly, only I received the name ‘understanding’ because I was enlightened to the meaning of the word ‘guest-dust’ and realized the fruition.

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时憍陈那。起立白佛。我今长老。于大众中。独得解名。因悟客尘二字成果。

“World Honored One, it is like a traveler who stops as a guest at a roadside inn, perhaps for the night or perhaps for a meal. When he has finished lodging there or when the meal is finished, he packs his baggage and sets out again. He does not remain there at leisure. The host himself, however, does not go far away.

世尊。譬如行客。投寄旅亭。或宿或食。食宿事毕。俶装前途。不遑安住。若实主人。自无攸往。

“Considering it this way, the one who does not remain is called the guest, and the one who does remain is called the host. The word ‘guest,’ then, means ‘one who does not remain.’

如是思惟。不住名客。住名主人。以不住者。名为客义。

“Again, when the sky clears up, the morning sun rises with all resplendence, and its golden rays stream into a house through a crevice to reveal particles of dust in the air. The dust dances in the rays of light, but the empty space is motionless.

又如新霁。清旸升天。光入隙中。发明空中诸有尘相。尘质摇动。虚空寂然。

“Considering it this way, what is clear and still is called space, and what moves is called dust. The word ‘dust,’ then, means ‘that which moves.’”

如是思惟。澄寂名空。摇动名尘。以摇动者。名为尘义。

The Buddha said, “So it is.”

佛言如是

Then in the midst of the great assembly the Thus Come One bent his five-wheeled fingers. After bending them, he opened them again. After he opened them, he bent them again, and he asked Ananda, “What do you see now?”

实时如来。于大众中。屈五轮指。屈已复开。开已又屈。谓阿难言。汝今何见。

Ananda said, “I see the Thus Come One’s hundred-jeweled wheeled palms opening and closing in the midst of the assembly.”

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阿难言。我见如来百宝轮掌。众中开合。

The Buddha said to Ananda, “You see my hand open and close in the assembly. Is it my hand that opens and closes, or is it your seeing that opens and closes?”

佛告阿难。汝见我手。众中开合。为是我手。有开有合。为复汝见。有开有合。

Ananda said, “The World Honored One’s jeweled hand opened and closed in the assembly. I saw the Thus Come One’s hand itself open and close; it was not my seeing-nature that opened and closed.”

阿难言。世尊宝手。众中开合。我见如来手自开合。非我见性有开有合。

The Buddha said, “What moves and what is still?”

佛言。谁动谁静。

Ananda said, “The Buddha’s hand does not remain at rest. And since my seeing-nature is beyond even stillness, how could it not be at rest?”

阿难言。佛手不住。而我见性。尚无有静。谁为无住。

The Buddha said, “So it is.”

佛言。如是。

Then from his wheeled palm the Thus Come One sent a precious ray of light flying to Ananda’s right. Ananda immediately turned his head and glanced to the right. He then sent another ray of light to Ananda’s left. Ananda again turned his head and glanced to the left.

如来于是从轮掌中。飞一宝光。在阿难右。实时阿难。回首右盼。又放一光。在阿难左。阿难又则回首左盼。

The Buddha said to Ananda, “Why did your head move just now?”

佛告阿难。汝头今日何因摇动。

Ananda said, “I saw the Thus Come One emit a wonderful precious light which came by my left and right, and so I looked to the left and right. My head moved

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of itself.”

阿难言。我见如来出妙宝光。来我左右。故左右观。头自摇动。

“Ananda, when you glanced at the Buddha’s light and moved your head to the left and right, was it your head that moved or your seeing that moved?”

阿难。汝盼佛光。左右动头。为汝头动。为复见动。

“World Honored One, my head moved of itself. Since my seeing-nature is beyond even cessation, how could it move?”

世尊。我头自动。而我见性尚无有止。谁为摇动。

The Buddha said, “So it is.”

佛言。如是。

Then the Thus Come One told everyone in the great assembly, “Suppose other living beings called what moves ‘the dust’ and what does not dwell ‘the guest’?

于是如来。普告大众。若复众生。以摇动者名之为尘。以不住者。名之为客。

“You noticed that it was Ananda’s head that moved; the seeing did not move. You also noticed that it was my hand which opened and closed; the seeing did not stretch or bend.

汝观阿难头自动摇。见无所动。又汝观我手自开合。见无舒卷。

“Why do you continue to take something moving like your body and its environment to be in substantial existence, so that from the beginning to the end, your every thought is subject to production and extinction?

云何汝今以动为身。以动为境。从始泊终。念念生灭。

“You have lost your true nature and conduct yourselves in upside-down ways. Having lost your true nature and mind, you recognize objects as yourself, and it is you who cling to the flowing and turning of the revolving wheel.”

遗失真性。颠倒行事。性心失真。认物为己。轮回是中。自取流转。

(End of Chapter 1卷一完)

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The Sutra of the Foremost Shurangama at the Great Buddha’s Summit Concerning the Tathagata’s Secret Cause of Cultivation, His Certification to the Complete Meaning and all Bodhisattvas’ Myriad Practices.

Chapter 2

《大佛顶如来密因修证了义诸菩萨万行首楞严经》卷二

When Ananda and the great assembly heard the Buddha’s instructions, they became peaceful and composed both in body and mind. They recollected that since time without beginning, they had strayed from their fundamental true mind by mistaking the shadows of their causally conditioned differentiating minds as something real and substantial. Now on this day they had awakened to such illusions and misconceptions. Like a lost infant who rejoins its beloved mother after a long separation, they put their palms together to make obeisance to the Buddha.

尔时阿难。及诸大众。闻佛示诲。身心泰然。念无始来。失却本心。妄认缘尘。分别影事。今日开悟。如失乳儿。忽遇慈母。合掌礼佛。

They wished to hear such words from the Thus Come One as to enlighten them to the dual nature of body and mind – what is false and what is real, what is empty and what is substantial, what is subject to production and extinction and what transcends production and extinction.

愿闻如来。显出身心。真妄虚实。现前生灭与不生灭。二发明性。

Then King Prasenajit rose and said to the Buddha, “In the past, when I had not yet received the teachings of the Buddha, I met Katyayana and Vairatiputra, both of whom said that this body is annihilated after death, and that this is Nirvana. Now, although I have met the Buddha, I still have doubts about their words. How much I wish to be enlightened to the ways and means to perceive and realize the true mind, thereby proving that it transcends production and extinction! All those who have outflows also wish to be instructed on this subject.”

时波斯匿王。起立白佛。我昔未承诸佛诲敕。见迦旃延毗罗胝子。咸言此身死

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后断灭。名为涅盘。我虽值佛。今犹狐疑。云何发挥证知此心。不生灭地。今此大众。诸有漏者。咸皆愿闻。

The Buddha said to the great king, “Now I ask you, as it is now is your physical body like vajra, indestructible and living forever? Or does it change and go bad?”

佛告大王。汝身现在。今复问汝。汝此肉身。为同金刚常住不朽。为复变坏。

“World Honored One, this body of mine will keep changing until it eventually becomes extinct.”

世尊。我今此身。终从变灭。

The Buddha said, “Great King, you have not yet become extinct. How do you know you will become extinct?”

佛言。大王。汝未曾灭。云何知灭。

“World Honored One, although my impermanent, changing, and decaying body has not yet become extinct, I observe it now, and every passing thought fades away. Each new one fails to remain, but gradually perishes like fire turning to ashes. This perishing without cease convinces me that this body will eventually become completely extinct.”

世尊。我此无常变坏之身虽未曾灭。我观现前。念念迁谢。新新不住。如火成灰。渐渐销殒。殒亡不息。决知此身。当从灭尽。

The Buddha said, “So it is.

佛言。如是。

“Great King, at your present age you are already old and declining. How do your appearance and complexion compare to when you were a youth?”

大王。汝今生龄。已从衰老。颜貌何如童子之时。

“World Honored One, in the past when I was young my skin was moist and shining. When I reached the prime of life, my blood and breath were full. But now in my declining years, as I race into old age, my form is withered and wizened and my spirit dull. My hair is white and my face is in wrinkles and I

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haven’t much time remaining. How can I be compared to how I was when I was full of life?”

世尊。我昔孩孺。肤腠润泽。年至长成。血气充满。而今颓龄。迫于衰耄。形色枯悴。精神昏昧。发白面皱。逮将不久。如何见比充盛之时。

The Buddha said, “Great King, your appearance should not decline so suddenly.”

佛言。大王。汝之形容。应不顿朽。

The king said, “World Honored One, the change has been a hidden transformation of which I honestly have not been aware. I have come to this gradually through the passing of winters and summers.

王言。世尊。变化密移。我诚不觉。寒暑迁流。渐至于此。

“How did it happen? In my twenties, I was still young, but my features had aged since the time I was ten. My thirties were a further decline from my twenties, and now at sixty-two I look back on my fifties as hale and hearty.

何以故。我年二十。虽号年少颜貌已老初十岁时。三十之年。又衰二十。于今六十。又过于二。观五十时。宛然强壮。

“World Honored One, I am contemplating these hidden transformations. Although the changes wrought by this process of dying are evident through the decades, I might consider them further in finer detail: these changes do not occur just in periods of twelve years; there are actually changes year by year. Not only are there yearly changes, there are also monthly transformations. Nor does it stop at monthly transformations; there are also differences day by day.

世尊。我见密移。虽此殂落。其间流易。且限十年。若复令我微细思惟。其变宁唯一纪二纪。实为年变。岂唯年变。亦兼月化。何直月化。兼又日迁。

“Examining them closely, I find that kshana by kshana, thought after thought, they never stop.

沉思谛观。刹那刹那。念念之间。不得停住。

“And so I know my body will keep changing until it is extinct.”

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故知我身。终从变灭。

The Buddha told the great king, “By watching the ceaseless changes of these transformations, you awaken and know of your extinction, but do you also know that at the time of extinction there is something in your body which does not become extinct?”

佛告大王。汝见变化。迁改不停。悟知汝灭。亦于灭时。汝知身中有不灭耶。

King Prasenajit put his palms together and exclaimed, “I really do not know.”

波斯匿王。合掌白佛。我实不知。

The Buddha said, “I will now show you the nature which is not produced and not extinguished.

佛言。我今示汝不生灭性。

“Great King, how old were you when you saw the waters of the Ganges?”

大王。汝年几时。见恒河水。

The king said, “When I was three years old my compassionate mother led me to visit the Goddess Jiva. We passed a river, and at the time I knew it was the waters of the Ganges.”

王言。我生三岁。慈母携我。谒耆婆天。经过此流。尔时即知是恒河水。

The Buddha said, “Great King, you have said that when you were twenty you had deteriorated from when you were ten. Day by day, month by month, year by year until you have reached sixty, in thought after thought there has been change. Yet when you saw the Ganges River at the age of three, how was it different from when you were thirteen?”

佛言大王。如汝所说。二十之时。衰于十岁。乃至六十。日月岁时。念念迁变。则汝三岁见此河时。至年十三。其水云何。

The king said, “It was no different from when I was three, and even now when I am sixty-two it is still no different.”

王言。如三岁时。宛然无异。乃至于今。年六十二。亦无有异。

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The Buddha said, “Now you are mournful that your hair is white and your face is wrinkled. In the same way that your face is definitely more wrinkled than it was in your youth, has the seeing with which you look at the Ganges aged, so that it is old now but was young when you looked at the river as a child in the past?”

佛言。汝今自伤发白面皱。其面必定皱于童年。则汝今时。观此恒河。与昔童时。观河之见。有童耄不。

The king said, “No, World Honored One.”

王言。不也。世尊。

The Buddha said, “Great King, your face is in wrinkles, but the essential nature of your seeing has not yet wrinkled. What wrinkles is subject to change. What does not wrinkle does not change.

佛言。大王。汝面虽皱。而此见精。性未曾皱。皱者为变。不皱非变。

“What changes will become extinct, but what does not change is fundamentally free of production and extinction. How can it be subject to your birth and death? Furthermore, why bring up what Maskari Goshaliputra and the others say: that after the death of this body there is total extinction?”

变者受灭。彼不变者。元无生灭。云何于中受汝生死。而犹引彼末伽黎等。都言此身死后全灭。

The king heard these words, believed them, and realized that when the life of this body is finished, there will be rebirth. He and the entire great assembly were greatly delighted at having obtained what they had never had before.

王闻是言。信知身后舍生趣生。与诸大众。踊跃欢喜。得未曾有。

Ananda then arose from his seat, made obeisance to the Buddha, put his palms together, knelt on both knees, and said to the Buddha, “World Honored One, if seeing and hearing are indeed neither produced nor extinguished, why did the World Honored One refer to us as people who have lost their true natures and who go about things in an upside-down way? I hope the World Honored One will give rise to great compassion and wash my dust and defilement away.”

阿难即从座起。礼佛合掌。长跪白佛。世尊。若此见闻。必不生灭。云何世

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尊。名我等辈。遗失真性。颠倒行事。愿兴慈悲。洗我尘垢。

Then the Thus Come One let his golden arm fall so that his wheeled fingers pointed downward, and, showing Ananda, he said, “You see my mudra-hand: is it right side up or upside down?”

实时如来垂金色臂。轮手下指。示阿难言。汝今见我母陀罗手。为正为倒。

Ananda said, “Living beings in the world take it to be upside down. I do not know what is right side up and what is upside down.”

阿难言。世间众生。以此为倒。而我不知谁正谁倒。

The Buddha said to Ananda, “If people of the world take this as upside down, what do people of the world take to be right-side up?”

佛告阿难。若世间人。以此为倒。即世间人。将何为正。

Ananda said, “They call it right-side up when the Thus Come One raises his arm, with the fingers of his tula-cotton hand pointing upward in the air.”

阿难言。如来竖臂。兜罗绵手。上指于空。则名为正。

The Buddha then held up his hand and said: “Worldly people are doubly deluded when they discriminate between an upright and inverted hand.

佛即竖臂。告阿难言。若此颠倒。首尾相换。诸世间人。一倍瞻视。

“In the same way they will differentiate between your body and the Thus Come One’s pure Dharmabody and will say that the Thus Come One’s body is one of right and universal knowledge, while your body is upside down.

则知汝身。与诸如来清净法身。比类发明。如来之身。名正遍知。汝等之身。号性颠倒。

“But examine your bodies and the Buddha’s closely for this upside-downess: what exactly does the term ‘upside down’ refer to?” Thereupon Ananda and the entire great assembly were dazed, and they stared unblinking at the Buddha. They did not know in what way their bodies and minds were upside down.

随汝谛观。汝身佛身。称颠倒者。名字何处。号为颠倒。于时阿难与诸大众。

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瞪瞢瞻佛。目睛不瞬。不知身心。颠倒所在。

The Buddha’s compassion arose and he took pity on Ananda and on all in the great assembly and he spoke to the great assembly in a voice that swept over them like the ocean-tide.

佛兴慈悲。哀愍阿难及诸大众。发海潮音。遍告同会。

“All of you good people, I have often said that form and mind and all conditions, as well as dharmas pertaining to the mind – all the conditioned dharmas – are manifestations of the mind only.

诸善男子。我常说言。色心诸缘。及心所使诸所缘法。唯心所现。

“Your bodies and your minds all appear within the wonder of the bright, true, essential, wonderful mind.

汝身汝心。皆是妙明真精妙心中所现物。

“Why do I say that you have lost track of what is fundamentally wonderful in you, the perfect, wonderful bright mind, and that in the midst of your bright and enlightened nature, you mistake the false for the real because of ignorance and delusion?

云何汝等。遗失本妙圆妙明心。宝明妙性。认悟中迷。

“Mental dimness turns into dull emptiness. This emptiness, in the dimness, unites with darkness to become form.

晦昧为空。空晦暗中。结暗为色。

“Stimulated by false thinking, the form takes the shape of a body.

色杂妄想。想相为身。

“As causal conditions come together there are perpetual internal disturbances which tend to gallop outside. Such inner disturbances are often mistaken for the nature of mind.

聚缘内摇。趣外奔逸。昏扰扰相。以为心性。

“The primary misconception about the mind and body is the false view that the

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mind dwells in the physical body.

一迷为心。决定惑为色身之内。

“You do not know that the physical body, as well as the mountains, the rivers, empty space, and the great earth are all within the wonderful bright true mind.

不知色身。外洎山河虚空大地。咸是妙明真心中物。

“It is like ignoring hundreds of thousands of clear pure seas and taking notice of only a single bubble, seeing it as the entire ocean, as the whole expanse of great and small seas.

譬如澄清百千大海弃之。唯认一浮沤体。目为全潮。穷尽瀛渤。

“You people are doubly deluded among the deluded. Such inversion does not differ from that caused by my lowered hand. The Thus Come One says you are most pitiable.”

汝等即是迷中倍人。如我垂手。等无差别。如来说为可怜愍者。

Having received the Buddha’s compassionate rescue and profound instruction, Ananda’s tears fell, and he folded his hands and said to the Buddha, “I have heard these wonderful sounds of the Buddha and have realized that the wonderful bright mind is fundamentally perfect; it is the eternally dwelling mind-ground.

阿难承佛悲救深诲。垂泣叉手。而白佛言。我虽承佛如是妙音。悟妙明心。元所圆满。常住心地。

“But now in awakening to the Dharma-sounds that the Buddha is speaking, it is my conditioned mind which I use to contemplate them reverently.

而我悟佛现说法音。现以缘心。允所瞻仰。

“Having just obtained the mind, I do not acknowledge that it is the fundamental mind-ground.

徒获此心。未敢认为本元心地。

“I pray that the Buddha will take pity on me and proclaim the perfect sound to pull out my doubts by the roots and enable me to return to the unsurpassed

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Way.”

愿佛哀愍。宣示圆音。拔我疑根。归无上道。

The Buddha told Ananda, “You still listen to the Dharma with the conditioned mind, and so the Dharma becomes conditioned as well, and you do not obtain the Dharma-nature.

佛告阿难。汝等尚以缘心听法。此法亦缘。非得法性。

“It is like when someone points his finger at the moon to show it to someone else. Guided by the finger, that person should see the moon.

如人以手。指月示人。彼人因指。当应看月。

“If he looks at the finger instead and mistakes it for the moon, he loses not only the moon but the finger also. Why? He mistakes the pointing finger for the bright moon.

若复观指以为月体。此人岂唯亡失月轮。亦亡其指。何以故。以所标指为明月故。

“Not only does he lose the finger, but he also fails to recognize light and darkness. Why? He mistakes the substance of the finger for the bright nature of the moon, and so he does not understand the two natures of light and darkness. The same is true of you.

岂唯亡指。亦复不识明之与暗。何以故。即以指体。为月明性。明暗二性。无所了故。汝亦如是。

“If you take what distinguishes the sound of my speaking Dharma to be your mind, then that mind itself, apart from the sound which is distinguished, should have a nature which makes distinctions. It is like the guest who lodges overnight at an inn; he stops temporarily and then goes on. He does not dwell there permanently, whereas the innkeeper does not go anywhere: he is the host of the inn.

若以分别我说法音。为汝心者。此心自应离分别音。有分别性。譬如有客。寄宿旅亭。暂止便去。终不常住。而掌亭人。都无所去。名为亭主。

“Likewise, if it is truly your mind, it does not go anywhere. However, in the

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absence of sound it has no discriminating nature of its own. Can you tell the reason why?

此亦如是。若真汝心。则无所去。云何离声。无分别性。

“This, then, applies not only to the distinguishing of sound; in distinguishing my appearance, there is no distinction-making nature apart from the mark of form.

斯则岂唯声分别心。分别我容。离诸色相。无分别性。

“Thus even when the making of distinctions is totally absent, when there is no form and no emptiness – the obscurity which Goshali and the others take to be the ‘profound truth’ – in the absence of causal conditions, the distinction-making nature ceases to exist.

如是乃至分别都无。非色非空。拘舍离等。昧为冥谛。离诸法缘。无分别性。

“How can we say that the nature of your mind plays the part of host since everything perceived by it returns to something else?”

则汝心性。各有所还。云何为主。

Ananda said, “If every state of our mind returns to something else as its cause, then why does the wonderful bright original mind mentioned by the Buddha return nowhere? I hold out the hope that the Buddha will shower us with such compassion as to enlighten us on this point.”

阿难言。若我心性。各有所还。则如来说。妙明元心。云何无还。惟垂哀愍。为我宣说。

The Buddha said to Ananda, “As you now see me, the essence of your seeing is fundamentally bright. If the profound bright original mind is compared to the moon, the essence of your seeing is the second moon rather than its reflection.

佛告阿难。且汝见我。见精明元。此见虽非妙精明心。如第二月。非是月影。

“You should listen attentively, for I am now going to show you the place of no returning.

汝应谛听。今当示汝无所还地。

“Ananda, this great lecture hall is open to the east. It is flooded with light when

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the sun rises in the sky. It is dark at midnight during a new moon or when obscured by clouds or fog. Looking out through open doors and windows your vision is unimpeded; facing walls or houses your vision is hindered. Your vision is causally conditioned in such places where there are forms of distinctive features; in dull void, you can see only emptiness. Your vision will be distorted when the objects of seeing are shrouded in dust and vapor; you will perceive clearly when the air is fresh.

阿难。此大讲堂。洞开东方。日轮升天。则有明耀。中夜黑月。云雾晦暝。则复昏暗。户牖之隙。则复见通。墙宇之间。则复观壅。分别之处。则复见缘。顽虚之中。遍是空性。郁士孛之象。则纡昏尘。澄霁敛氛。又观清净。

“Ananda, observe all these transitory characteristics as I now return each to its place of origin.

阿难。汝咸看此诸变化相。吾今各还本所因处。

“What are the basic origins? Ananda, among all these transitions, the ‘light’ returns to the sun. Why? Without the sun there is no light; therefore the reason for light belongs with the sun, and so it can be returned to the sun.

云何本因。阿难。此诸变化。明还日轮。何以故。无日不明。明因属日。是故还日。

“‘Darkness’ returns to the new moon. ‘Penetration’ returns to the doors and windows while ‘obstruction’ returns to the walls and eaves. ‘Conditions’ return to distinctions. ‘Emptiness’ returns to dull emptiness. ‘Darkness’ and ‘distortion’ return to the mist and haze. Bright ‘purity’ returns to freshness, and nothing that exists in this world goes beyond these kinds.

暗还黑月。通还户牖。壅还墙宇。缘还分别。顽虚还空。郁士孛还尘。清明还霁。则诸世间一切所有。不出斯类。

“To which of the eight states of perception will the essence of your seeing return? Why do I ask? The answer lies in the fact that if it is returned to brightness, you will not see darkness when there is no light. Although such states of perception as light, darkness, and the like differ from one another, your seeing remains unchanged.

汝见八种见精明性。当欲谁还。何以故。若还于明。则不明时。无复见暗。虽

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明暗等。种种差别。见无差别。

“That which can be returned to other sources is clearly not you; that which can be returned nowhere is none other than you.

诸可还者。自然非汝。不汝还者。非汝而谁。

“Therefore I know that your mind is fundamentally wonderful, bright, and pure. You yourself are confused and deluded. You miss what is fundamental, and you are caught in the turning wheel of the six paths, tossing and floating on the stormy sea of birth and death all the time. No wonder the Thus Come One says that you are the most pitiable of creatures.”

则知汝心。本妙明净。汝自迷闷。丧本受轮。于生死中。常被漂溺。是故如来。名可怜愍。

Ananda said, “I recognize that the seeing-nature does not return to anything, but how can I come to know that it is my true nature?”

阿难言。我虽识此见性无还。云何得知是我真性。

The Buddha told Ananda, “Now I have a question for you. At this point you have not yet attained the purity of no outflows. Blessed by the Buddha’s spiritual strength, you are able to see into the first dhyana heavens without any obstruction, just as Aniruddha looks at Jambudvipa with such clarity as he might an amala fruit in the palm of his hand.

佛告阿难。吾今问汝。今汝未得无漏清净。承佛神力。见于初禅。得无障碍。而阿那律。见阎浮提。如观掌中庵摩罗果。

“Bodhisattvas can see hundreds of thousands of realms. The Thus Come Ones of the ten directions see everything throughout the pure lands as numerous as fine motes of dust. Living beings’ sight does not extend beyond a fraction of an inch.

诸菩萨等。见百千界。十方如来。穷尽微尘。清净国土。无所不瞩。众生洞视。不过分寸。

“Ananda, as you and I now look at the palace where the four heavenly kings reside, and inspect all that moves in the water, on dry land, and in the air, some are dark and some are bright, varying in shape and appearance, yet all are

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nothing but dust before us – distinctions and obstructions.

阿难。且吾与汝。观四天王所住宫殿。中间遍览水陆空行。虽有昏明。种种形像。无非前尘。分别留碍。

“Among them you should distinguish which is self and which is other. I ask you now to select from within your seeing which is the substance of the self and which is the appearance of things.

汝应于此。分别自他。今吾将汝。择于见中。谁是我体。谁为物象。

“Ananda, if you take a good look at everything everywhere within the range of your vision extending from the palaces of the sun and moon to the seven gold mountain ranges, all that you see is not you, but are things of different features and lights. At closer range you will gradually see clouds floating, birds flying, wind blowing, dust rising, trees, plants, rivers, mountains, grasses, animals, people, all of which are not you, but things.

阿难。极汝见源。从日月宫。是物非汝。至七金山。周遍谛观。虽种种光。亦物非汝。渐渐更观。云腾鸟飞。风动尘起。树木山川。草芥人畜。咸物非汝。

“Ananda, all things, near and far, have the nature of things. Although each is distinctly different, they are seen with the same pure essence of seeing. Thus all the categories of things have their individual distinctions, but the seeing-nature has no differences. This essential wonderful brightness is most certainly your seeing-nature.

阿难。是诸近远诸有物性。虽复差殊。同汝见精。清净所瞩。则诸物类。自有差别。见性无殊。此精妙明。诚汝见性。

“If seeing were a thing, then you should also be able to see my seeing.

若见是物。则汝亦可见吾之见。

“If you say you see my seeing, when we both look at the same thing, then when I am not seeing, why don’t you see my not-seeing?

若同见者。名为见吾。吾不见时。何不见吾不见之处。

“If you do see my not-seeing, it is clearly not the thing that I am not seeing. If you do not see my not-seeing, then it is clearly not a thing, and how can you say it is

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not you?

若见不见。自然非彼不见之相。若不见吾不见之地。自然非物。云何非汝。

“What is more, if your seeing is a thing, things should also see you when you see things. With substance and nature mixed up together, you and I and everyone in the world are no longer in order.

又则汝今见物之时。汝既见物。物亦见汝。体性纷杂。则汝与我。并诸世间。不成安立。

“Ananda, if, when you see, it is you and not I who see, then the seeing-nature pervades everywhere. Therefore whose is it if it is not yours?

阿难。若汝见时。是汝非我。见性周遍。非汝而谁。

“Why do you have doubts about your own true nature and come to me seeking verification, thinking your nature is not true?”

云何自疑汝之真性。性汝不真。取我求实。

Ananda said to the Buddha, “World Honored One, given that this seeing-nature is certainly mine and does not belong to anything else, when the Thus Come One and I regard the palace of the Four Heavenly Kings with its supreme store of jewels and stay at the palace of the sun and moon, this seeing completely pervades the lands of the Saha world. Upon returning to the sublime abode, I only see the monastic grounds and in the pure central hall I only see the eaves and corridors.

阿难白佛言。世尊。若此见性。必我非余。我与如来。观四天王胜藏宝殿。居日月宫。此见周圆。遍娑婆国。退归精舍。祗见伽蓝清心户堂。但瞻檐庑。

“World Honored One, that is how the seeing is. At first its substance pervaded everywhere throughout the one realm, but now in the midst of this room it fills one room only.

世尊。此见如是。其体本来周遍一界。今在室中。唯满一室。

“Does the seeing shrink from great to small, or do the walls and eaves press in and cut it off? Now I do not know where the meaning in this lies and hope the

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Buddha will let fall his vast compassion and proclaim it for me thoroughly.”

为复此见缩大为小。为当墙宇夹令断绝。我今不知斯义所在。愿垂弘慈。为我敷演。

The Buddha told Ananda, “All the aspects of everything in the world, such as big and small, inside and outside, are classed as the dust before you. You should not say the seeing stretches and shrinks.

佛告阿难。一切世间大小内外。诸所事业。各属前尘。不应说言见有舒缩。

“Consider the example of a square container in which a square of emptiness is seen. I ask you further: is the square emptiness that is seen in the square container a fixed square shape, or is it not fixed as a square shape?

譬如方器。中见方空。吾复问汝。此方器中所见方空。为复定方。为不定方。

“If it is a fixed square shape, when it is switched to a round container the emptiness would not be round. If it is not a fixed shape, then when it is in the square container it should not be a square-shaped emptiness.

若定方者。别安圆器。空应不圆。若不定者。在方器中。应无方空。

“You say you do not know where the meaning lies. The nature of the meaning is thus; how can you speak of its location?

汝言不知斯义所在。义性如是。云何为在。

“Ananda, if you now wished there to be neither squareness nor roundness, you would only need to take the container away. The substance of emptiness has no shape, and so you should not say that you would also have to take the shape away from the emptiness.

阿难。若复欲令入无方圆。但除器方。空体无方。不应说言。更除虚空方相所在。

“If, as you ask, your seeing shrinks and becomes small when you enter a room, then when you look up at the sun is your seeing pulled out until it reaches the sun’s surface? If you build walls and eaves which can press in and cut off your seeing why then is there no evidence of a joining when you drill a small hole?

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Therefore, that idea is incorrect.

若如汝问。入室之时。缩见令小。仰观日时。汝岂挽见齐于日面。若筑墙宇。能夹见断。穿为小窦。宁无续迹。是义不然。

“From beginningless time until now, all living beings have mistaken themselves for things and, having lost the original mind, are turned around by things. That is why they contemplate bigness and smallness in the midst of all this.

一切众生。从无始来。迷己为物。失于本心。为物所转。故于是中。观大观小。

“If you can turn things around, then you are the same as the Thus Come One.

若能转物。则同如来。

“With body and mind perfect and bright, you are an unmoving place of the Way.

身心圆明。不动道场。

“The tip of a single fine hair can completely contain the lands of the ten directions.”

于一毛端。遍能含受十方国土。

Ananda said to the Buddha, “World Honored One, if this seeing-essence is indeed my wonderful nature, my wonderful nature is now in front of me.

阿难白佛言。世尊。若此见精。必我妙性。今此妙性。现在我前。

“If the seeing is truly me, what, then, are my present body and mind? Yet it is my body and mind which make distinctions whereas the seeing does not make distinctions and does not discern my body.

见必我真。我今身心。复是何物。而今身心分别有实。彼见无别。分辨我身。

“If it is really my mind which causes me to see now, then the seeing-nature is actually me, and the body is not me.

若实我心。令我今见。见性实我。而身非我。

“How is this different from the question the Thus Come One asked about things

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being able to see me? I only hope the Buddha will let fall his great compassion and explain for those who have not yet awakened.”

何殊如来先所难言。物能见我。惟垂大慈。开发未悟。

The Buddha told Ananda, “What you have now said – that the seeing is in front of you – is actually not the case.

佛告阿难。今汝所言。见在汝前。是义非实。

“If it were actually in front of you, it would be something you would actually see, and then the seeing-essence would have a location. It wouldn’t be that there is no evidence of it.

若实汝前。汝实见者。则此见精。既有方所。非无指示。

“Now as you sit in the Jeta Grove you look about everywhere at the grove, the ponds, the halls, as far as the sun and moon, with the Ganges River before you. Now, before my lion’s seat, point out these various appearances: what is dark is the groves, what is bright is the sun, what is obstructing is the walls, what is clear is emptiness, and so on from the grasses and trees to the finest particle of hair. Their sizes vary, and since they all have appearances, none cannot be located.

且今与汝坐只陀林。遍观林渠。及与殿堂。上至日月。前对恒河。汝今于我师子座前。举手指陈。是种种相。阴者是林。明者是日。碍者是壁。通者是空。如是乃至草树纤毫。大小虽殊。但可有形。无不指着。

“If it is certain that your seeing is in front of you, then with your hand you should with certainty point out what the seeing is.

若必其见现在汝前。汝应以手确实指陈。何者是见。

“Ananda, if emptiness is the seeing, then how can it remain empty since it has already become your seeing? If a thing is the seeing, how can it be external to you as an object, since it has already become your seeing?

阿难当知。若空是见。既已成见。何者是空。若物是见。既已是见。何者为物。

“You can cut through and peel away the myriad appearances to the finest degree in order to distinguish and bring forth the essential brightness and pure wonder

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of the source of seeing, pointing it out and showing it to me from among all these things, so that it is perfectly clear beyond any doubt.”

汝可微细披剥万象。析出精明净妙见元。指陈示我。同彼诸物。分明无惑。

Ananda said, “From where I am now in this many-storied lecture hall, as far as the distant Ganges River and the sun and moon overhead, all that I might raise my hand to point to, all that I indulge my eyes in seeing, are all things; they are not the seeing.

阿难言。我今于此重阁讲堂。远洎山河。上观日月。举手所指。纵目所观。指皆是物。无是见者。

“World Honored One, it is as the Buddha has said. Not merely myself, who am a shravaka of the first stage who still has outflows, but even Bodhisattvas cannot break open and reveal, among the myriad appearances which are before them, an essence of seeing which has a special self-nature apart from all things.”

世尊。如佛所说。况我有漏初学声闻。乃至菩萨。亦不能于万物象前。剖出精见。离一切物。别有自性。

The Buddha said, “So it is, so it is.”

佛言。如是如是。

The Buddha said further to Ananda, “It is as you have said. There is no seeing-essence to be found existing separately among all the things. Therefore, all the things you point to are things, and none is the seeing.

佛复告阿难。如汝所言。无有见精。离一切物别有自性。则汝所指。是物之中无是见者。

“Now I will tell you: you and the Thus Come One sit in the Jeta Grove and look again at the groves and gardens, as far as the sun and moon, and at all the various different appearances, and it is certain that the seeing-essence is not among whatever you point to. You can go ahead and reveal what, among these things, is not your seeing.”

今复告汝。汝与如来。坐只陀林。更观林苑。乃至日月。种种象殊。必无见精受汝所指。汝又发明。此诸物中。何者非见。

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Ananda said, “I see clearly all over this Jeta Grove, and I do not know what in the midst of it is not my seeing.

阿难言。我实遍见此只陀林。不知是中何者非见。

“Why? If trees are not the seeing, why do I see trees? If trees are the seeing, then what becomes of trees? The same is true of everything up to and including emptiness: if emptiness is not the seeing, why do I see emptiness? If emptiness is the seeing, then what becomes of emptiness?

何以故。若树非见。云何见树。若树即见。复云何树。如是乃至若空非见。云何见空。若空即见。复云何空。

“As I consider it again and reveal the subtlest aspects of the myriad appearances, none is not my seeing.”

我又思惟。是万象中。微细发明。无非见者。

The Buddha said, “So it is, so it is.”

佛言。如是如是。

Then all in the great assembly who had not reached the stage beyond study were stunned upon hearing these words of the Buddha, and could not perceive where the meaning began or ended. They were agitated and taken aback at the same time, having lost what they had adhered to.

于是大众。非无学者。闻佛此言。茫然不知是义终始。一时惶悚。失其所守。

The Thus Come One, knowing they were anxious and uneasy in spirit, let pity rise in his heart as he consoled Ananda and everyone in the great assembly. “Good people, what the unsurpassed Dharma King says is true and real. He speaks things as they are. He does not deceive. He does not lie. He is not Maskari Goshaliputra with his four kinds of non-dying theories that are deceptive and confusing. You should consider this attentively. It is no disgrace to pity or to implore.”

如来知其魂虑变慑。心生怜愍。安慰阿难及诸大众。诸善男子。无上法王。是真实语。如所如说。不诳不妄。非末伽黎。四种不死矫乱论议。汝谛思惟。无忝哀慕。

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Then Manjushri, son of the Dharma King, took pity on the four assemblies, rose from his seat in the midst of the great assembly, bowed at the Buddha’s feet, placed his palms together respectfully, and said to the Buddha, “World Honored One, the great assembly has not awakened to the principle of the Thus Come One’s two-fold disclosure of the essence of seeing as being both form and emptiness and as being neither of them.

是时文殊师利法王子。愍诸四众。在大众中。即从座起。顶礼佛足。合掌恭敬。而白佛言。世尊。此诸大众。不悟如来发明二种精见色空。是非是义。

“World Honored One, if the causal form, emptiness and other phenomena mentioned above were the seeing, there should be an indication of its distance; and if they were not the seeing, there should be nothing visible to be seen. Now we do not know what is meant, and this is why we are alarmed and concerned.

世尊。若此前缘色空等象。若是见者。应有所指。若非见者。应无所瞩。而今不知是义所归。故有惊怖。

“It is not that our good roots from former lives are deficient. We only hope the Thus Come One will have the great compassion to reveal exactly what all the things are and what the seeing-essence is. Is it that there is no question of ‘is’ or ‘is not’ in all of this?”

非是畴昔善根轻鲜。惟愿如来大慈发明。此诸物象。与此见精。元是何物。于其中间。无是非是。

The Buddha told Manjushri and the great assembly, “To the Thus Come Ones and the great Bodhisattvas of the ten directions, who dwell in this samadhi, seeing and the conditions of seeing, as well as the characteristics of thought, are like flowers in space – fundamentally non-existent.

佛告文殊。及诸大众。十方如来及大菩萨。于其自住三摩地中。见与见缘并所想相。如虚空华。本无所有。

“This seeing and its conditions are originally the wonderful pure bright substance of Bodhi. How can one speak of ‘is’ and ‘is not’?

此见及缘。元是菩提妙净明体。云何于中有是非是。

“Manjushri, I now ask you: take yourself as an example, Manjushri. Is there still

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another Manjushri? Is there a Manjushri who is and a Manjushri who is not?”

文殊。吾今问汝。如汝文殊。更有文殊是文殊者。为无文殊。

“So it is, World Honored One: I am truly Manjushri. There is no Manjushri who ‘is.’ Why? If there were still another Manjushri who ‘is’ Manjushri, there would be two Manjushris. But it is not that now I am not Manjushri. In fact, neither of the two characteristics ‘is’ and ‘is not’ exist.”

如是世尊。我真文殊。无是文殊。何以故。若有是者。则二文殊。然我今日。非无文殊。于中实无是非二相。

The Buddha said, “This is not only the case with the seeing, the basic substance of wonderful Bodhi, but also with emptiness and mundane objects.

佛言。此见妙明与诸空尘。亦复如是。

“They are basically the projections or manifestations of the wonderful brightness of unsurpassed Bodhi, the pure, perfect, true mind. They are falsely taken to be form and emptiness, as well as hearing and seeing.

本是妙明无上菩提净圆真心。妄为色空及与闻见。

“Just as with the second moon: which one ‘is’ the moon and which ‘is not’ the moon? Manjushri, there is only one true moon, and within it there is not a moon that ‘is’ or a moon that ‘is not.’

如第二月。谁为是月。又谁非月。文殊。但一月真。中间自无是月非月。

“Therefore, now as you contemplate the seeing and the mundane things together, all the things you disclose are called false thoughts. You cannot transcend ‘is’ and ‘is not’ from within them.

是以汝今观见与尘。种种发明。名为妄想。不能于中出是非是。

“With the true essence, the wonderful enlightened bright nature, you can get beyond trying to point out or not point out.”

由是真精妙觉明性。故能令汝出指非指。

Ananda said to the Buddha, “World Honored One, it is truly as the Dharma King has said: the condition of enlightenment pervades the ten directions: clear,

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everlasting, and by nature neither produced nor extinguished.

阿难白佛言。世尊。诚如法王所说。觉缘遍十方界。湛然常住。性非生灭。

“How does it differ, then, from the first brahma Kapila’s teaching of the ‘profound truth’ or from the teaching of the ascetics who throw ashes on themselves or from the other externalist sects that say there is a ‘real self’ which pervades the ten directions?

与先梵志娑毗迦罗。所谈冥谛。及投灰等诸外道种。说有真我遍满十方。有何差别。

“Also, in the past, the World Honored One gave a lecture on Mount Lanka explaining the principle thoroughly for the sake of Great Wisdom Bodhisattva and others: ‘Externalist sects always speak of spontaneity. I speak of causes and conditions which is an entirely different principle.’

世尊亦曾于楞伽山。为大慧等敷演斯义。彼外道等。常说自然。我说因缘。非彼境界。

“Now as I contemplate the nature of enlightenment as spontaneous, as neither produced nor extinguished, and as apart from all empty falseness and inversion, it seems to have nothing to do with your causes and conditions or the spontaneity advocated by others. Would you please enlighten us on this point lest we should fall into deviant paths, thus enabling us to obtain the true mind, the bright nature of wonderful enlightenment?”

我今观此觉性自然。非生非灭。远离一切虚妄颠倒。似非因缘与彼自然。云何开示。不入群邪。获真实心妙觉明性。

The Buddha told Ananda, “Now I have instructed you with such expedients in order to tell you the truth, yet you do not awaken to it but mistake it for spontaneity.

佛告阿难。我今如是开示方便。真实告汝。汝犹未悟。惑为自然。

“Ananda, if it definitely were spontaneous, you should be able to distinguish the substance of the spontaneity.

阿难。若必自然。自须甄明有自然体。

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“Now you look into the wonderful bright seeing. What is its self? Does the seeing take bright light as its self? Does it take darkness as its self? Does it take emptiness as its self? Does it take solid objects as its self?

汝且观此妙明见中。以何为自。此见为复以明为自。以暗为自。以空为自。以塞为自。

“Ananda, if its self consists in light, you should not see darkness. Moreover, if it takes emptiness as the substance of its self, you should not see solid objects. Continuing in the same way, if it takes all dark appearances as its self, then when it is light, the seeing-nature is cut off and extinguished, and how can you see light?”

阿难。若明为自。应不见暗。若复以空为自体者。应不见塞。如是乃至诸暗等相以为自者。则于明时。见性断灭。云何见明。

Ananda said, “I am certain that the nature of this wonderful seeing is not spontaneous. Now I discern that it is produced from causes and conditions. But I do not yet have it clear in my mind. I now ask the Thus Come One how this idea is consonant with the nature of causes and conditions.”

阿难言。必此妙见。性非自然。我今发明。是因缘生。心犹未明。咨诣如来。是义云何。合因缘性。

The Buddha said, “You say it is causes and conditions. I ask you again: because you are now seeing, the seeing-nature manifests. Is it because of light that the seeing exists? Is it because of darkness that the seeing exists? Is it because of emptiness that the seeing exists? Is it because of solid objects that the seeing exists?

佛言。汝言因缘。吾复问汝。汝今因见。见性现前。此见为复因明有见。因暗有见。因空有见。因塞有见。

“Ananda, if light brings it into existence, you should not see darkness, and if it exists because of darkness, you should not see light. It is the same with emptiness and solid objects.

阿难。若因明有。应不见暗。如因暗有。应不见明。如是乃至因空因塞。同于明暗。

“Moreover, Ananda, does the seeing derive from the condition of light? Does the

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seeing derive from the condition of darkness? Does the seeing derive from the condition of emptiness? Does the seeing derive from the condition of solid objects?

复次阿难。此见又复缘明有见。缘暗有见。缘空有见。缘塞有见。

“Ananda, if it exists because of the condition of emptiness, you should not see solid objects. If it exists because of the condition of solid objects, you should not see emptiness: it is the same with light and darkness.

阿难。若缘空有。应不见塞。若缘塞有。应不见空。如是乃至缘明缘暗。同于空塞。

“Thus you should know that the essential, enlightened wonderful brightness is due to neither causes nor conditions and it does not arise spontaneously.

当知如是精觉妙明。非因非缘。亦非自然。

“It is not that which is not spontaneous. It is not that it is not; nor is it that it is not not. It is not that which ‘is’ or ‘is not.’

非不自然。无非不非。无是非是。

“Any dharma is that which is apart from all characteristics.

离一切相。即一切法。

“Now in the midst of dharmas, how can you use your mind to make distinctions that are based on worldly sophistries, terms, and characteristics? That is like grasping at empty space with your hand: you only succeed in tiring yourself out. How could empty space possibly yield to your grasp?”

汝今云何于中措心。以诸世间戏论名相。而得分别。如以手掌撮摩虚空。祗益自劳。虚空云何随汝执捉。

Ananda said to the Buddha, “If the nature of the wonderful enlightenment has neither causes nor conditions, then why does the World Honored One always tell the bhikshus that the nature of seeing derives from the four conditions of emptiness, brightness, the mind, and the eyes? What does that mean?”

阿难白佛言。世尊。必妙觉性。非因非缘。世尊云何常与比丘。宣说见性具四

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种缘。所谓因空因明。因心因眼。是义云何。

The Buddha said, “Ananda, what I have said about all the worldly causes and conditions has nothing to do with the primary meaning.

佛言。阿难。我说世间诸因缘相。非第一义。

“Ananda, I ask you again: people in the world say, ‘I can see.’ What is meant by seeing? What is not seeing?”

阿难。吾复问汝。诸世间人。说我能见。云何名见。云何不见。

Ananda said, “Due to the light of the sun, the moon, and lamps, people in the world can see all kinds of appearances: that is called seeing. If it were not for these three kinds of light, they would not be able to see.”

阿难言。世人因于日月灯光。见种种相。名之为见。若复无此三种光明。则不能见。

“Ananda, if it is called ‘not seeing’ when there is no light, you should not see darkness. If in fact you do see darkness, which is none other than the lack of light, how can you say there is an absence of seeing?

阿难。若无明时名不见者。应不见暗。若必见暗。此但无明。云何无见。

“Ananda, if, when it is dark, you call it ‘not seeing’ because you do not see light, then since it is now light and you do not see the characteristic of darkness, it should also be called ‘not seeing.’ Thus, the two characteristics would both be called ‘not seeing.’

阿难。若在暗时。不见明故。名为不见。今在明时。不见暗相。还名不见。如是二相。俱名不见。

“Although these two characteristics replace one another, your seeing-nature does not lapse for an instant. Thus you can know that there is seeing in both cases. How, then, can you say there is no seeing?

若复二相自相陵夺。非汝见性于中暂无。如是则知二俱名见。云何不见。

“Therefore, Ananda, you should know that when you see light, the seeing is not the light. When you see darkness, the seeing is not the darkness. When you see

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emptiness, the seeing is not the emptiness. When you see solid objects, the seeing is not the solid objects.

是故阿难。汝今当知。见明之时。见非是明。见暗之时。见非是暗。见空之时。见非是空。见塞之时。见非是塞。

“Having realized these four meanings, you should also know that when you see your seeing, the seeing is not the seeing to be seen. Since the former seeing is beyond the latter, the latter cannot reach it. That being the case, how can you say that your absolute intuitive perception has something to do with causes and conditions or spontaneity or that it has something to do with mixing and uniting?

四义成就。汝复应知。见见之时。见非是见。见犹离见。见不能及。云何复说因缘自然。及和合相。

“You narrow-minded Sound Hearers are so inferior and ignorant that you are unable to penetrate through to the purity of the characteristic of reality. Now I will teach you. You should consider it well, and do not become weary or negligent on the wonderful road to Bodhi.”

汝等声闻。狭劣无识。不能通达清净实相。吾今诲汝。当善思惟。无得疲怠妙菩提路。

Ananda said to the Buddha, “World Honored One, it is still not clear in my mind what the Buddha, the World Honored One, has explained for me and for others like me about causes and conditions, spontaneity, the characteristic of mixing and uniting, and the absence of mixing and uniting. And now to hear further that to see seeing is not seeing adds yet another layer of confusion.

阿难白佛言。世尊。如佛世尊为我等辈。宣说因缘。及与自然。诸和合相。与不和合。心犹未开。而今更闻见见非见。重增迷闷。

“Humbly, I hope that with your vast compassion you will bestow upon us the great wisdom-eye so as to show us the bright pure enlightened mind.” After saying this he wept, made obeisance, and waited to receive the holy instruction.

伏愿弘慈。施大慧目。开示我等觉心明净。作是语已。悲泪顶礼。承受圣旨。

Then the World Honored One, out of pity for Ananda and the great assembly, began to explain extensively the wonderful path of cultivation of all samadhis of

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the Great Dharani.

尔时世尊。怜愍阿难及诸大众。将欲敷演大陀罗尼诸三摩提妙修行路。

He said to Ananda, “Although you have a strong memory, it only benefits your wide learning. But your mind has not yet understood the subtle secret contemplation and illumination of shamatha. Listen attentively now as I explain it for you in detail.

告阿难言。汝虽强记。但益多闻。于奢摩他微密观照。心犹未了。汝今谛听。吾当为汝分别开示。

“And may this explanation cause all those of the future who have outflows to obtain the fruition of Bodhi.

亦令将来。诸有漏者。获菩提果。

“Ananda, all living beings turn on the wheel of rebirth in this world because of two upside-down discriminating false views. Wherever these views arise, revolution through the cycle of appropriate karma occurs.

阿难。一切众生。轮回世间。由二颠倒分别见妄。当处发生。当业轮转。

“What are the two views? The first consists of the false view based on living beings’ individual karma. The second consists of the false view based on living beings’ collective share.

云何二见。一者。众生别业妄见。二者。众生同分妄见。

“What is meant by false views based on individual karma? Ananda, it is like a person in the world who has red cataracts on his eyes so that at night he alone sees around the lamp a circular reflection composed of layers of five colors.

云何名为别业妄见。阿难。如世间人。目有赤眚。夜见灯光别有圆影。五色重迭。

“What do you think? Is the circle of light that appears around the lamp at night the lamp’s colors, or is it the seeing’s colors?

于意云何。此夜灯明所现圆光。为是灯色。为当见色。

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“Ananda, if it is the lamp’s colors, why is it that someone without the disease does not see the same thing, and only the one who is diseased sees the circular reflection? If it is the seeing’s colors, then the seeing has already become colored; what, then, is the circular reflection the diseased person sees to be called?

阿难。此若灯色。则非眚人何不同见。而此圆影唯眚之观。若是见色。见已成色。则彼眚人见圆影者。名为何等。

“Moreover, Ananda, if the circular reflection is in itself a thing apart from the lamp, then it would be seen around the folding screen, the curtain, the table, and the mats. If it has nothing to do with the seeing, it should not be seen by the eyes. Why is it that the person with cataracts sees the circular reflections with his eyes?

复次阿难。若此圆影离灯别有。则合傍观屏帐几筵。有圆影出。离见别有。应非眼瞩。云何眚人目见圆影。

“Therefore, you should know that in fact the colors come from the lamp, and the diseased seeing brings about the reflection. Both the circular reflection and the faulty seeing are the result of the cataract. But that which sees the diseased film is not sick. Thus you should not say that it is the lamp or the seeing or that it is neither the lamp nor the seeing.

是故当知。色实在灯。见病为影。影见俱眚。见眚非病。终不应言是灯是见。于是中有非灯非见。

“It is like a second moon often seen when one presses on one’s eye while looking up into the sky. It is neither substantial nor a reflection because it is an illusory vision caused by the pressure exerted on one’s eye. Hence, a wise person should not say that the second moon is a form or not a form. Nor is it correct to say that the illusory second moon is apart from the seeing or not apart from the seeing.

如第二月。非体非影。何以故。第二之观。捏所成故。诸有智者。不应说言。此捏根元。是形非形。离见非见。

“It is the same with the illusion created by the diseased eyes. You cannot say it is from the lamp or from the seeing: even less can it be said not to be from the lamp or the seeing.

此亦如是。目眚所成。今欲名谁是灯是见。何况分别非灯非见。

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“What is meant by the false view of the collective share? Ananda, in Jambudvipa, besides the waters of the great seas, there is level land that forms some three thousand continents. East and west, throughout the entire expanse of the great continent, there are twenty-three hundred large countries. In the other, smaller continents in the seas there may be two or three hundred countries, or perhaps one or two, or perhaps thirty, forty, or fifty.

云何名为同分妄见。阿难。此阎浮提。除大海水。中间平陆。有三千洲。正中大洲。东西括量。大国凡有二千三百。其余小洲在诸海中。其间或有三两百国。或一或二。至于三十四十五十。

“Ananda, suppose that among them there is one small continent where there are only two countries. The people of just one of the countries together experience evil conditions. On that small continent, all the people of that country see all kinds of inauspicious things: perhaps they see two suns, perhaps they see two moons with circles, or a dark haze, or girdle-ornaments around them; or comets, shooting stars, ‘ears’ on the sun or moon, rainbows, secondary rainbows, and various other evil signs.

阿难。若复此中。有一小洲。祗有两国。唯一国人。同感恶缘。则彼小洲。当土众生。睹诸一切不祥境界。或见二日。或见两月。其中乃至晕适佩玦。彗孛飞流。负耳虹霓。种种恶相。

“Only the people in that country see them. The living beings in the other country from the first do not see or hear anything unusual.

但此国见。彼国众生。本所不见。亦复不闻。

“Ananda, I will now go back and forth comparing these two matters for you, to make both of them clear.

阿难。吾今为汝。以此二事。进退合明。

“Ananda, in the case of the living being’s false view of individual karma by which he sees the appearance of a circular reflection around the lamp, the appearance seems to be real, but in the end, what is seen comes into being because of the cataracts on the eyes.

阿难。如彼众生。别业妄见。瞩灯光中所现圆影。虽现似境。终彼见者。目眚所成。

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“The cataracts are the result of the weariness of the seeing rather than the products of form. However, the essence of seeing which perceives the cataracts is free from all diseases and defects.

眚即见劳。非色所造。然见眚者。终无见咎。

“For example, you now use your eyes to look at the mountains, the rivers, the countries, and all the living beings. They are all brought about by the disease of your seeing contracted since time without beginning.

例汝今日。以目观见山河国土及诸众生。皆是无始见病所成。

“Seeing and the conditions of seeing seem to manifest what is before you. Originally my enlightenment is bright. The seeing and conditions arise from the cataracts. Realize that the seeing arises from the cataracts: the enlightened condition of the basically enlightened bright mind has no cataracts.

见与见缘。似现前境。元我觉明。见所缘眚。觉见即眚。本觉明心。觉缘非眚。

“That which is aware of the faulty awareness is not diseased. It is the true perception of seeing. How can you continue to speak of feeling, hearing, knowing, and seeing?

觉所觉眚。觉非眚中。此实见见。云何复名觉闻知见。

“Therefore, you now see me and yourself and the world and all the ten kinds of living beings because of a disease in the seeing. What is aware of the disease is not diseased.

是故汝今见我及汝。并诸世间十类众生。皆即见眚。非见眚者。

“The true essential seeing by nature has no disease. Therefore it is not what we normally call seeing.

彼见真精。性非眚者。故不名见。

“Ananda, let us compare the false views of those living beings’ collective share with the false views of the individual karma of one person.

阿难。如彼众生同分妄见。例彼妄见别业一人。

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“The individual person with the diseased eyes is the same as the people of that one country. He sees circular reflections erroneously brought about by a disease of the seeing. The beings with a collective share see inauspicious things. In the midst of their karma of identical views arise pestilence and evils.

一病目人。同彼一国。彼见圆影。眚妄所生。此众同分所见不祥。同见业中。瘴恶所起。

“Both are produced from a beginningless falsity in the seeing.

俱是无始见妄所生。

“It is the same in the three thousand continents of Jambudvipa, throughout the four great seas and in the Saha World and throughout the ten directions. All countries that have outflows and all living beings are the enlightened bright wonderful mind without outflows. Because of the false, diseased conditions that are seen, heard, felt, and known, they mix and unite in false birth, mix and unite in false death.

例阎浮提三千洲中。兼四大海。娑婆世界。并洎十方诸有漏国。及诸众生。同是觉明无漏妙心。见闻觉知虚妄病缘。和合妄生。和合妄死。

“If you can leave far behind all conditions which mix and unite and those which do not mix and unite, then you can also extinguish and cast out the causes of birth and death, and obtain perfect Bodhi, the nature which is neither produced nor extinguished. It is the pure clear basic mind, the everlasting fundamental enlightenment.

若能远离诸和合缘。及不和合。则复灭除诸生死因。圆满菩提。不生灭性。清净本心。本觉常住。

“Ananda, although you have already realized that the wonderfully bright basic enlightenment does not by nature come from causes and conditions and is not by nature spontaneous, you have not yet understood that the enlightened source is produced neither from mixing and uniting nor from a lack of mixing and uniting.

阿难。汝虽先悟本觉妙明。性非因缘。非自然性。而犹未明如是觉元。非和合生。及不和合。

“Ananda, now I will once again make use of the mundane objects before you to

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question you. You now hold that false thoughts mix and unite with the causes and conditions of everything in the world, and you wonder whether certification to Bodhi might arise from mixing and uniting.

阿难。吾今复以前尘问汝。汝今犹以一切世间妄想和合诸因缘性。而自疑惑。证菩提心和合起者。

“Accordingly, right now, does the wonderful pure seeingessence mix with light, does it mix with darkness, does it mix with emptiness or does it mix with solid objects?

则汝今者妙净见精。为与明和。为与暗和。为与通和。为与塞和。

“If it mixes with light, look further at the light: what place there in the light before you is combined with the seeing? If you can distinguish the characteristic of seeing, what does it look like in combination?

若明和者。且汝观明。当明现前。何处杂见。见相可辨。杂何形像。

“If it is not the seeing, how can you see the light? If it is the seeing, how can the seeing see itself?

若非见者。云何见明。若即见者。云何见见。

“If it is certain that the seeing is complete, what room will there be for it to mix with the light? If the light is complete, it cannot unite and mix with the seeing.

必见圆满。何处和明。若明圆满。不合见和。

“If seeing is different from light, then both the nature and the light lose their identity when they combine. Since the combination results in the loss of the light and the nature, it is meaningless to say it mixes with light. The same principle applies to its mixing with darkness, with emptiness, or with solid objects.

见必异明。杂则失彼性明名字。杂失明性。和明非义。彼暗与通。及诸群塞。亦复如是。

“Moreover, Ananda, as you are right now, once again, does the wonderful pure seeing-essence unite with light, does it unite with darkness, does it unite with emptiness, or does it unite with solid objects?

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复次阿难。又汝今者妙净见精。为与明合。为与暗合。为与通合。为与塞合。

“If it unites with light, then when darkness comes the characteristic of light is extinguished, how will you be able to see darkness, since the seeing does not unite with darkness? If you do see darkness and yet at that time there is no union with darkness, but rather a union with light, then you would not have seen light. Since you would not have seen light, why is it that, when there is union with light, you are able to know clearly that it is light and not darkness?

若明合者。至于暗时。明相已灭。此见即不与诸暗合。云何见暗。若见暗时。不与暗合。与明合者。应非见明。既不见明。云何明合。了明非暗。

“The same is true of its union with darkness, with emptiness, or with solid objects.”

彼暗与通。及诸群塞。亦复如是。

Ananda said to the Buddha, “World Honored One, as I consider it, the source of this wonderful enlightenment does not mix or unite with any conditioned mundane object or with the mind’s speculation. Is that the case?”

阿难白佛言。世尊。如我思惟。此妙觉元。与诸缘尘。及心念虑。非和合耶。

The Buddha said, “Now you say further that the enlightened nature is neither mixed nor united. So now I ask you further: as to this wonderful seeing-essence’s neither mixing nor uniting, does it not mix with light? Does it not mix with darkness? Does it not mix with emptiness? Does it not mix with solid objects?

佛言。汝今又言觉非和合。吾复问汝。此妙见精非和合者。为非明和。为非暗和。为非通和。为非塞和。

“If it does not mix with light, then between seeing and light there must be a boundary.

若非明和。则见与明。必有边畔。

“Examine it further: what place is light? What place is seeing? Where are the boundaries of the seeing and the light?

汝且谛观。何处是明。何处是见。在见在明。自何为畔。

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“Ananda, if there is no seeing within the boundaries of light, then there is no contact between them, and clearly one would not know where the characteristic of light is. Then how could its boundaries be realized?

阿难。若明际中必无见者。则不相及。自不知其明相所在。畔云何成。

“As to its not mixing with darkness, with emptiness, or with solid objects, the principle is the same.

彼暗与通。及诸群塞。亦复如是。

“Moreover, as to the wonderful seeing essence’s neither mixing nor uniting, does it not unite with light? Does it not unite with darkness? Does it not unite with emptiness? Does it not unite with solid objects?

又妙见精。非和合者。为非明合。为非暗合。为非通合。为非塞合。

“If it does not unite with light, then the seeing and the light are at odds with each other by nature, as are the ear and the light, which do not come in contact.

若非明合。则见与明。性相乖角。如耳与明。了不相触。

“Since the seeing does not know where the characteristic of light is, how can it determine clearly whether there is union?

见且不知明相所在。云何甄明合非合理。

“As to its not uniting with darkness, with emptiness, or with solid objects, the principle is the same.

彼暗与通。及诸群塞。亦复如是。

“Ananda, you have not yet understood that all the defiling objects that appear, all the illusory, ephemeral characteristics, spring up in the very spot where they also come to an end. They are what is called ‘illusory falseness.’ But their nature is in truth the bright substance of wonderful enlightenment.

阿难。汝犹未明一切浮尘。诸幻化相。当处出生。随处灭尽。幻妄称相。其性真为妙觉明体。

“Thus it is throughout, up to the five skandhas and the six entrances, to the twelve places and the eighteen realms; the union and mixture of various causes

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and conditions account for their illusory and false existence, and the separation and dispersion of the causes and conditions result in their illusory and false extinction.

如是乃至五阴六入。从十二处。至十八界。因缘和合。虚妄有生。因缘别离。虚妄名灭。

“Who would have thought that production, extinction, coming, and going are fundamentally the everlasting, wonderful light of the Treasury of the Thus Come One, the unmoving, all pervading perfection, the wonderful nature of true suchness!

殊不能知生灭去来。本如来藏常住妙明不动周圆妙真如性。

“If within the true and eternal nature one seeks coming and going, confusion and enlightenment, or birth and death, there is nothing that can be obtained.

性真常中。求于去来迷悟生死。了无所得。

“Ananda, why do I say that the five skandhas are basically the wonderful nature of true suchness, the Treasury of the Thus Come One?

阿难。云何五阴本如来藏妙真如性。

“Ananda, consider this example: when a person who has pure clear eyes looks at clear, bright emptiness, he sees nothing but clear emptiness, and he is quite certain that nothing exists within it.

阿难。譬如有人。以清净目。观晴明空。唯一晴虚。迥无所有。

“If, for no apparent reason, the person does not move his eyes, the staring will cause fatigue, and then of his own accord, he will see strange flowers in space and other unreal appearances that are wild and disordered.

其人无故。不动目睛。瞪以发劳。则于虚空。别见狂华。复有一切狂乱非相。

“You should know that it is the same with the skandha of form.

色阴当知亦复如是。

“Ananda, the strange flowers come neither from emptiness nor from the eyes.

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阿难。是诸狂华。非从空来。非从目出。

“The reason for this, Ananda, is that if the flowers were to come from emptiness, they would return to emptiness. If there is a coming out and a going in, the space would not be empty. If emptiness were not empty, then it could not contain the appearance of the arisal and extinction of the flowers, just as Ananda’s body cannot contain another Ananda.

如是阿难。若空来者。既从空来。还从空入。若有出入。即非虚空。空若非空。自不容其华相起灭。如阿难体。不容阿难。

“If the flowers were to come from the eyes, they would return to the eyes.

若目出者。既从目出。还从目入。

“If the nature of the flowers were to come from the eyes, it would be endowed with the faculty of seeing. If it could see, then when it left the eyes it would become flowers in space, and when it returned it should see the eyes. If it did not see, then when it left the eyes it would obscure emptiness, and when it returned, it would obscure the eyes.

即此华性从目出故。当合有见。若有见者。去既华空。旋合见眼。若无见者。出既翳空。旋当翳眼。

“Moreover, when you see the flowers, your eyes should not be obscured. So why is it that the eyes are said to be ‘pure and bright’ when they see clear emptiness?

又见华时。目应无翳。云何睛空。号清明眼。

“Therefore, you should know that the skandha of form is empty and false, because it neither depends on causes and conditions for existence nor is spontaneous in nature.

是故当知色阴虚妄。本非因缘。非自然性。

“Ananda, consider the example of a person whose hands and feet are relaxed and at ease and whose entire body is in balance and harmony. He is unaware of his life processes, because there is nothing agreeable or disagreeable in his nature. However, for some unknown reason, the person rubs his two hands together in emptiness, and sensations of roughness, smoothness, cold, and warmth seem to

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arise from nowhere between his palms.

阿难。譬如有人。手足宴安。百骸调适。忽如忘生。性无违顺。其人无故。以二手掌。于空相摩。于二手中。妄生涩滑冷热诸相。

“You should know that it is the same with the skandha of feeling.

受阴当知亦复如是。

“Ananda, all this illusory contact does not come from emptiness, nor does it come from the hands.

阿难。是诸幻触。不从空来。不从掌出。

“The reason for this, Ananda, is that if it came from emptiness, then since it could make contact with the palms, why wouldn’t it make contact with the body? It should not be that emptiness chooses what it comes in contact with.

如是阿难。若空来者。既能触掌。何不触身。不应虚空。选择来触。

“If it came from the palms, it could be readily felt without waiting for the two palms to be joined.

若从掌出。应非待合。

“What is more, if it were to come from the palms, then the palms would know when they were joined. When they separated, the contact would return into the arms, the wrists, the bones, and the marrow, and you also should be aware of the course of its entry.

又掌出故。合则掌知。离则触入。臂腕骨髓。应亦觉知入时踪迹。

“It should also be perceived by the mind because it would behave like something coming in and going out of the body. In that case, what need would there be to put the two palms together to experience what is called ‘contact?’

必有觉心。知出知入。自有一物身中往来。何待合知。要名为触。

“Therefore, you should know that the skandha of feeling is empty and false, because it neither depends on causes and conditions for existence nor is spontaneous in nature.

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是故当知。受阴虚妄。本非因缘。非自然性。

“Ananda, consider the example of a person whose mouth waters at the mention of sour plums, or the soles of whose feet tingle when he thinks about walking along a precipice.

阿难。譬如有人。谈说酢梅。口中水出。思蹋悬崖。足心酸涩。

“You should know that it is the same with the skandha of thinking.

想阴当知。亦复如是。

“Ananda, you should know that the watering of the mouth caused by the mention of the plums does not come from the plums, nor does it come from the mouth.

阿难。如是酢说。不从梅生。非从口入。

“The reason for this, Ananda, is that if it were produced from the plums, the plums should speak for themselves, why wait for someone to mention them? If it came from the mouth, the mouth itself should hear, and what need would there be to wait for the ear? If the ear alone heard, then why doesn’t the water come out of the ear?

如是阿难。若梅生者。梅合自谈。何待人说。若从口入。自合口闻。何须待耳。若独耳闻。此水何不耳中而出。

“Thinking about walking along a precipice is explained in the same way.

想蹋悬崖。与说相类。

“Therefore, you should know that the skandha of thinking is empty and false, since it neither depends upon causes and conditions for existence, nor is spontaneous in nature.

是故当知。想阴虚妄。本非因缘。非自然性。

“Ananda, consider, for example, a swift rapids whose waves follow upon one another in orderly succession, the ones behind never overtaking the ones in front.

阿难。譬如瀑流。波浪相续。前际后际。不相踰越。

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“You should know that it is the same with the skandha of activity.

行阴当知。亦复如是。

“Ananda, thus the nature of the flow does not arise because of emptiness, nor does it come into existence because of the water. It is not the nature of water, and yet it is not separate from either emptiness or water.

阿难。如是流性。不因空生。不因水有。亦非水性。非离空水。

“The reason for this, Ananda, is that if it arose because of emptiness, then the inexhaustible emptiness throughout the ten directions would become an inexhaustible flow, and all the worlds would inevitably be drowned.

如是阿难。若因空生。则诸十方无尽虚空。成无尽流。世界自然俱受沦溺。

“If the swift rapids existed because of water, then their nature would differ from that of water and the location and characteristics of its existence would be apparent.

若因水有。则此瀑流。性应非水。有所有相。今应现在。

“If their nature were simply that of water, then when they became still and clear they would no longer be made up of water.

若即水性。则澄清时。应非水体。

“Suppose it were to separate from emptiness and water: there isn’t anything outside of emptiness, and outside of water there isn’t any flow.

若离空水。空非有外。水外无流。

“Therefore, you should know that the skandha of activity is empty and false, since it neither depends upon causes and conditions for existence nor is spontaneous in nature.

是故当知。行阴虚妄。本非因缘。非自然性。

“Ananda, consider, for example, a man who picks up a kalavinka pitcher and stops up its two holes. He lifts up the pitcher filled with emptiness and, walking some thousand li away, presents it to another country. You should know that the

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skandha of consciousness is the same way.

阿难。譬如有人。取频伽瓶。塞其两孔。满中擎空。千里远行。用饷他国。识阴当知亦复如是。

“Thus, Ananda, the space does not come from one place, nor does it go to another.

阿难。如是虚空。非彼方来。非此方入。

“The reason for this, Ananda, is that if it were to come from another place, then when the stored up emptiness in the pitcher went elsewhere there would be less emptiness in the place where the pitcher was originally.

如是阿难。若彼方来。则本瓶中既贮空去。于本瓶地。应少虚空。

“If it were to enter this region: when the holes were unplugged and the pitcher was turned over, one would see emptiness come out.

若此方入。开孔倒瓶。应见空出。

“Therefore, you should know that the skandha of consciousness is empty and false, since it neither depends upon causes and conditions for existence nor is spontaneous in nature.

是故当知。识阴虚妄。本非因缘。非自然性。

(End of chapter 2卷二完)

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The Sutra of the Foremost Shurangama at the Great Buddha’s Summit Concerning the Tathagata’s Secret Cause of Cultivation, His Certification to the Complete Meaning and all Bodhisattvas’ Myriad Practices.

Chapter 3

《大佛顶如来密因修证了义诸菩萨万行首楞严经》卷三

“Moreover, Ananda, why do I say that the six entrances have their origin in the wonderful nature of true suchness, the Treasury of the Thus Come One?

复次阿难。云何六入。本如来藏妙真如性。

“Ananda, although the eye’s staring causes fatigue, the eye and the fatigue originate in Bodhi. Staring gives rise to the characteristic of fatigue.

阿难。即彼目睛瞪发劳者。兼目与劳。同是菩提瞪发劳相。

“Because a sense of seeing is stimulated in the midst of the two false, defiling objects of light and dark, defiling appearances are taken in; this is called the nature of seeing. Apart from the two defiling objects of light and dark, this seeing is ultimately without substance.

因于明暗二种妄尘。发见居中。吸此尘象。名为见性。此见离彼明暗二尘。毕竟无体。

“Thus, Ananda, you should know that seeing does not come from light or dark, nor does it come forth from the sense organ, nor is it produced from emptiness.

如是阿难。当知是见。非明暗来。非于根出。不于空生。

“Why? If it came from light, then it would be extinguished when it is dark, and you would not see darkness. If it came from darkness, then it would be extinguished when it is light, and you would not see light.

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何以故。若从明来。暗即随灭。应非见暗。若从暗来。明即随灭。应无见明。

“Suppose it came from the sense organ, which is obviously devoid of light and dark: a nature of seeing such as this would have no self-nature.

若从根生。必无明暗。如是见精。本无自性。

“Suppose it came forth from emptiness. When it looks in front of you, it sees the shapes of the defiling dust; turning around, it would see your sense organ. Moreover, if it were emptiness itself which sees, what connection would that have with your entrance?

若于空出。前瞩尘象。归当见根。又空自观。何关汝入。

“Therefore, you should know that the eye entrance is empty and false, since it neither depends upon causes and conditions for existence nor is spontaneous in nature.

是故当知眼入虚妄。本非因缘。非自然性。

“Ananda, consider, for example, a person who suddenly stops up his ears with two fingers. Because the sense organ of hearing has become fatigued, a sound is heard in his head. However, both the ears and the fatigue originate in Bodhi. Monotony will produce the characteristic of fatigue.

阿难。譬如有人。以两手指急塞其耳。耳根劳故。头中作声。兼耳与劳。同是菩提瞪发劳相。

“Because a sense of hearing is stimulated in the midst of the two false, defiling objects of movement and stillness, defiling appearances are taken in; this is called the nature of hearing. Apart from the two defiling objects of movement and stillness, this hearing is ultimately without substance.

因于动静二种妄尘。发闻居中。吸此尘象。名听闻性。此闻离彼动静二尘。毕竟无体。

“Thus, Ananda, you should know that hearing does not come from movement and stillness; nor does it come from the sense organ, nor is it

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produced from emptiness.

如是阿难。当知是闻。非动静来。非于根出。不于空生。

“Why? If it came from stillness, it would be extinguished when there is movement, and you would not hear movement. If it came from movement, then it would be extinguished when there is stillness, and you would not be aware of the stillness.

何以故。若从静来。动即随灭。应非闻动。若从动来。静即随灭。应无觉静。

“Suppose it came from the sense organ, which is obviously devoid of movement and stillness: a nature of hearing such as this would have no self-nature.

若从根生。必无动静。如是闻体。本无自性。

“Suppose it came from emptiness: emptiness would then become hearing and would no longer be emptiness. Moreover, if it were emptiness itself which hears, what connection would it have with your entrance?

若于空出。有闻成性。即非虚空。又空自闻。何关汝入。

“Therefore, you should know that the ear entrance is empty and false, since it neither depends upon causes and conditions for existence, nor is spontaneous in nature.

是故当知。耳入虚妄。本非因缘。非自然性。

“Ananda, consider, for example, a person who inhales deeply through his nose. After he has inhaled for a long time it becomes fatigued, and then there is a sensation of cold in the nose. Because of that sensation, there are the distinctions of penetration and obstruction, of emptiness and actuality, and so forth, including all fragrant and stinking vapors. However, both the nose and the fatigue originate in Bodhi. Overexertion will produce the characteristic of fatigue.

阿难。譬如有人。急畜其鼻。畜久成劳。则于鼻中。闻有冷触。因触分别。通塞虚实。如是乃至诸香臭气。兼鼻与劳。同是菩提瞪发劳相。

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“Because a sense of smelling is stimulated in the midst of the two false, defiling objects of penetration and obstruction, defiling appearances are taken in; this is called the nature of smelling. Apart from the two defiling objects of penetration and obstruction, this smelling is ultimately without substance.

因于通塞二种妄尘。发闻居中。吸此尘象。名嗅闻性。此闻离彼通塞二尘。毕竟无体。

“You should know that smelling does not come from penetration and obstruction, nor does it come forth from the sense organ, nor is it produced from emptiness.

当知是闻。非通塞来。非于根出。不于空生。

“Why? If it came from penetration, the smelling would be extinguished when there is obstruction, and then how could it experience obstruction? If it existed because of obstruction, then where there is penetration there would be no smelling; in that case, how would the awareness of fragrance, stench, and other such sensations come into being?

何以故。若从通来。塞则闻灭。云何知塞。如因塞有。通则无闻。云何发明香臭等触。

“Suppose it came from the sense organ, which is obviously devoid of penetration and obstruction. A nature of smelling such as this would have no self-nature.

若从根生。必无通塞。如是闻机。本无自性。

“Suppose it came from emptiness: smelling itself would turn around and smell your own nose. Moreover, if it were emptiness itself which smelled, what connection would it have with your entrance?

若从空出。是闻自当回嗅汝鼻。空自有闻。何关汝入。

“Therefore, you should know that the nose entrance is empty and false, since it neither depends upon causes and conditions for existence nor is spontaneous in nature.

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是故当知鼻入虚妄。本非因缘。非自然性。

“Ananda, consider, for example, a person who licks his lips with his tongue. His excessive licking causes fatigue. If the person is sick, there will be a bitter flavor; a person who is not sick will have a subtle sweet sensation. Sweetness and bitterness demonstrate the tongue’s sense of taste. When the organ is inactive, a sense of tastelessness prevails. However, both the tongue and the fatigue originate in Bodhi. Stress produces the characteristic of fatigue.

阿难。譬如有人。以舌舐吻。熟舐令劳。其人若病。则有苦味。无病之人。微有甜触。由甜与苦。显此舌根。不动之时。淡性常在。兼舌与劳。同是菩提瞪发劳相。

“Because the two defiling objects of sweetness and bitterness, as well as tastelessness, stimulate a recognition of taste which in turn draws in these defiling sensations, it becomes what is known as a sense of taste. Apart from the two defiling objects of sweetness and bitterness and apart from tastelessness, the sense of taste is originally without a substance.

因甜苦淡二种妄尘。发知居中。吸此尘象。名知味性。此知味性。离彼甜苦及淡二尘。毕竟无体。

“Thus, Ananda, you should know that the perception of sweetness, bitterness, and tastelessness does not come from sweetness or bitterness, nor does it exist because of tastelessness, nor does it arise from the sense organ, nor is it produced from emptiness.

如是阿难。当知如是尝苦淡知。非甜苦来。非因淡有。又非根出。不于空生。

“For what reason? If it came from sweetness and bitterness, it would cease to exist when tastelessness was experienced, so how could it recognize tastelessness? If it arose from tastelessness, it would vanish when the flavor of sweetness was tasted, so how could it perceive the two flavors, sweet and bitter?

何以故。若甜苦来。淡则知灭。云何知淡。若从淡出。甜即知亡。复云何知甜苦二相。

“Suppose it came from the tongue which is obviously devoid of the

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defiling objects of sweetness and bitterness and of tastelessness. An essence of tasting such as this would have no self-nature.

若从舌生。必无甜淡及与苦尘。斯知味根。本无自性。

“Suppose it came from emptiness: the sense of taste would be experienced by emptiness instead of by the mouth. Suppose, moreover, that it was emptiness itself which tasted; what connection would that have with your entrance?

若于空出。虚空自味。非汝口知。又空自知。何关汝入。

“Therefore, you should know that the tongue entrance is empty and false since it neither depends upon causes and conditions for existence nor is it spontaneous in nature.

是故当知。舌入虚妄。本非因缘。非自然性。

“Ananda, consider, for example, a person who touches his warm hand with his cold hand. If the cold is in excess of the warmth, the warm hand will become cold; if the warmth is in excess of the cold, his cold hand will become warm. So the sensation of warmth and cold is felt through the contact and separation of the two hands. Fatiguing contact results in the interpenetration of warmth and cold. However, both the body and the fatigue originate in Bodhi. Protraction produces the characteristic of fatigue.

阿难。譬如有人。以一冷手。触于热手。若冷势多。热者从冷。若热功胜。冷者成热。如是以此合觉之触。显于离知。涉势若成。因于劳触。兼身与劳。同是菩提瞪发劳相。

“Because a physical sensation is stimulated in the midst of the two defiling objects of separation and union, defiling appearances are taken in; this is called the awareness of sensation. Apart from the two sets of defiling objects of separation and union, and pleasantness and unpleasantness, the awareness of sensation is originally without a substance.

因于离合二种妄尘。发觉居中。吸此尘象。名知觉性。此知觉体。离彼离合违顺二尘。毕竟无体。

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“Thus, Ananda, you should know that this sensation does not come from separation and union, nor does it exist because of pleasantness and unpleasantness, nor does it arise from the sense organ, nor is it produced from emptiness.

如是阿难。当知是觉。非离合来。非违顺有。不于根出。又非空生。

“For what reason? If it arose when there was union, it would disappear when there was separation, so how could it sense the separation? The two characteristics of pleasantness and unpleasantness are the same way.

何以故。若合时来。离当已灭。云何觉离。违顺二相。亦复如是。

“Suppose it came from the sense organ, which is obviously devoid of the four characteristics of union, separation, pleasantness, and unpleasantness; an awareness of physical sensation such as this would have no self-nature.

若从根出。必无离合违顺四相。则汝身知。元无自性。

“Suppose it came from emptiness; the awareness of sensations would be experienced by emptiness itself, what connection would that have with your entrance?

必于空出。空自知觉。何关汝入。

“Therefore you should know that the body entrance is empty and false, since it neither depends upon causes and conditions for existence, nor is spontaneous in nature.

是故当知身入虚妄。本非因缘。非自然性。

“Ananda, consider, for example, a person who becomes so fatigued that he goes to sleep. Having slept soundly, he awakens and tries to recollect what he experienced while asleep. He recalls some things and forgets others. Thus, his upside-downness goes through production, dwelling, change, and extinction, which are taken in and returned to a center habitually, each following the next without ever being overtaken. This is known as the mind organ or intellect. The mind and the fatigue are both Bodhi. Persistence produces the characteristic of fatigue.

阿难。譬如有人。劳倦则眠。睡熟便寤。览尘斯忆。失忆为忘。是其颠

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倒生住异灭。吸习中归。不相踰越。称意知根。兼意与劳。同是菩提瞪发劳相。

“The two defiling objects of production and extinction stimulate a sense of knowing which in turn grasps these inner sense data, reversing the flow of seeing and hearing. Before the flow reaches the ground it is known as the faculty of intellect.

因于生灭二种妄尘。集知居中。吸撮内尘。见闻逆流。流不及地。名觉知性。

“Apart from the two sets of defiling objects of waking and sleeping and of production and extinction, the faculty of intellect is originally without substance.

此觉知性。离彼寤寐生灭二尘。毕竟无体。

“Thus, Ananda, you should know that the faculty of intellect does not come from waking, sleeping, production, or extinction, nor does it arise from the sense organ, nor is it produced from emptiness.

如是阿难。当知如是觉知之根。非寤寐来。非生灭有。不于根出。亦非空生。

“For what reason? If it came from waking, it would disappear at the time of sleeping, so how could it experience sleep? If it came from production, it would cease to exist at the time of extinction, so how could it undergo extinction? If it came from extinction it would disappear at the time of production, so how could it know about production?

何以故。若从寤来。寐即随灭。将何为寐。必生时有。灭即同无。令谁受灭。若从灭有。生即灭无。谁知生者。

“Suppose it came from the sense organ; waking and sleeping cause only a physical opening and closing respectively. Apart from these two movements, the faculty of intellect is as unsubstantial as flowers in space, because it is fundamentally without a self-nature.

若从根出。寤寐二相。随身开合。离斯二体。此觉知者。同于空华。毕竟无性。

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“Suppose it came from emptiness; the sense of intellect would be experienced by emptiness instead of by the mind. Then what connection would that have with your entrance?

若从空生。自是空知。何关汝入。

“Therefore, you should know that the mind entrance is empty and false, since it neither depends upon causes and conditions for existence nor is spontaneous in nature.

是故当知。意入虚妄。本非因缘。非自然性。

“Moreover, Ananda, why do I say that the twelve places are basically the wonderful nature of true suchness, the Treasury of the Thus Come One?

复次阿难。云何十二处。本如来藏妙真如性。

“Ananda, look again at the trees in the Jeta Grove and the fountains and pools.

阿难。汝且观此祇陀树林。及诸泉池。

“What do you think? Do these things come into being because the forms are produced and thus the eyes see, or because the eyes produce the characteristics of form?

于意云何。此等为是色生眼见。眼生色相。

“Ananda, if the organ of sight were to produce the characteristics of form, then the nature of form would be obliterated when you see emptiness, which is not form. Once it was obliterated, everything that is manifest would disappear. Since the characteristics of form would then be absent, who would be able to understand the nature of emptiness? The same is true of emptiness.

阿难。若复眼根生色相者。见空非色。色性应销。销则显发。一切都无。色相既无。谁明空质。空亦如是。

“If, moreover, the defiling objects of form were to produce the eye’s seeing, then seeing would perish upon looking at emptiness, which is not form, and once it perished, everything would disappear. Then who would

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be able to understand emptiness and form?

若复色尘。生眼见者。观空非色。见即销亡。亡则都无。谁明空色。

“Therefore, you should know that neither seeing nor form nor emptiness has a location, and thus the two places of form and seeing are empty and false. Their origin is not in causes and conditions, nor do their natures arise spontaneously.

是故当知见与色空。俱无处所。即色与见。二处虚妄。本非因缘。非自然性。

“Ananda, listen again to the drum being beaten in the Jeta Garden when the food is ready. The Assembly gathers as the bell is struck. The sounds of the bell and the drum follow one another in succession.

阿难。汝更听此祇陀园中。食办击鼓。众集撞钟。钟鼓音声。前后相续。

“What do you think? Do these things come into existence because the sound comes to the region of the ear, or because the ear goes to the place of the sound?

于意云何。此等为是声来耳边。耳往声处。

“Again, Ananda, suppose that the sound comes to the region of the ear. Similarly, when I go to beg for food in the city of Shravasti, I am no longer in the Jeta Grove. If the sound definitely goes to the region of Ananda’s ear, then neither Maudgalyayana nor Kashyapa would hear it, and even less the twelve hundred and fifty Shramanas who, upon hearing the sound of the bell, come to the dining hall at the same time.

阿难。若复此声。来于耳边。如我乞食室罗筏城。在只陀林。则无有我。此声必来阿难耳处。目连迦叶。应不俱闻。何况其中一千二百五十沙门。一闻钟声。同来食处。

“Again, suppose that the ear goes to the region of the sound. Similarly, when I return to the Jeta Grove, I am no longer in the city of Shravasti. When you hear the sound of the drum, your ear will already have gone to the place where the drum is being beaten. Thus, when the bell peals, you will not hear the sound even the less that of the elephants, horses, cows,

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sheep, and all the other various sounds around you.

若复汝耳。往彼声边。如我归住只陀林中。在室罗城。则无有我。汝闻鼓声。其耳已往击鼓之处。钟声齐出。应不俱闻。何况其中象马牛羊。种种音响。

“If there is no coming or going, there will be no hearing, either.

若无来往。亦复无闻。

“Therefore, you should know that neither hearing nor sound has a location, and thus the two places of hearing and sound are empty and false. Their origin is not in causes and conditions, nor do their natures arise spontaneously.

是故当知。听与音声。俱无处所。即听与声。二处虚妄。本非因缘。非自然性。

“Moreover, Ananda, you smell the chandana in this censer. When one particle of this incense is lit, it can be smelled simultaneously through forty li around the city of Shravasti.

阿难。汝又嗅此炉中栴檀。此香若复然于一铢。室罗筏城四十里内。同时闻气。

“What do you think? Is this fragrance produced from the chandana wood? Is it produced in your nose, or does it arise within emptiness?

于意云何。此香为复生栴檀木。生于汝鼻。为生于空。

“Again, Ananda, suppose this fragrance is produced from your nose. What is said to be produced from the nose should come forth from the nose. Your nose is not chandana, so how can the nose have the fragrance of chandana? When you say you smell fragrance, it should enter your nose. For the nose to emit fragrance is not the meaning of smelling.

阿难。若复此香。生于汝鼻。称鼻所生。当从鼻出。鼻非栴檀。云何鼻中有栴檀气。称汝闻香。当于鼻入。鼻中出香。说闻非义。

“Suppose it is produced from within emptiness. The nature of emptiness is everlasting and unchanging, and so the fragrance should be eternally

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present. What need should there be to rely on burning the dry wood in the censer?

若生于空。空性常恒。香应常在。何藉垆中。爇此枯木。

“Suppose it is produced from the wood. Now, the nature of this incense is such that it gives off smoke when it is burned. If the nose smells it, it should be filled with smoke. The smoke rises into the air, and before it has reached the distance, how is it that the fragrance is already being smelled at a distance of forty li?

若生于木。则此香质。因爇成烟。若鼻得闻。合蒙烟气。其烟腾空。未及遥远。四十里内。云何已闻。

“Therefore, you should know that neither the fragrance, nor the nose’s smelling has a location, and so the two places of smelling and fragrance are empty and false. Their origin is not in causes and conditions, nor do their natures arise spontaneously.

是故当知。香鼻与闻。俱无处所。即嗅与香。二处虚妄。本非因缘。非自然性。

“Ananda, twice every day you take up your bowl along with the rest of the assembly, and among what you receive may be things of supreme flavor, such as curds, buttermilk, and clarified butter.

阿难。汝常二时。众中持钵。其间或遇酥酪醍醐。名为上味。

“What do you think? Are these flavors produced from emptiness, do they come forth from the tongue, or are they produced from the food?

于意云何。此味为复生于空中。生于舌中。为生食中。

“Again, Ananda, suppose that the flavors came from your tongue; now there is only one tongue in your mouth. When that tongue had already become the flavor of curds, then it would not change if it encountered some dark rock candy.

阿难。若复此味。生于汝舌。在汝口中。祗有一舌。其舌尔时已成酥味。遇黑石蜜。应不推移。

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“Suppose it did not change: that would not be what is called knowing tastes. Suppose it did change: the tongue is not many substances, and how could one tongue know so many tastes?

若不变移。不名知味。若变移者。舌非多体。云何多味。一舌之知。

“Suppose it were produced from the food. The food does not have consciousness; how could it know tastes? Moreover, if the food itself were to recognize them, that would be the same as someone else eating. Then what connection would that have with what is called your recognition of tastes?

若生于食。食非有识。云何自知。又食自知。即同他食。何预于汝。名味之知。

“Suppose it were produced in emptiness. When you eat emptiness, what flavor does it have? Suppose that emptiness had the flavor of salt. Then since your tongue was salty, your face would also be salty, and likewise everyone in the world would be like fish in the sea. Since you would be constantly influenced by salt, you would never know tastelessness. If you did not recognize tastelessness, you would not be aware of the saltiness, either. You would not know anything at all. How could that be what is called taste?

若生于空。汝噉虚空。当作何味。必其虚空。若作咸味。既咸汝舌。亦咸汝面。则此界人。同于海鱼。既常受咸。了不知淡。若不识淡。亦不觉咸。必无所知。云何名味。

“Therefore, you should know that neither flavors nor the tongue’s tasting has a location; and, so the two places of tasting and flavor are empty and false. Their origin is not in causes and conditions, nor do their natures arise spontaneously.

是故当知。味舌与尝。俱无处所。即尝与味。二俱虚妄。本非因缘。非自然性。

“Ananda, early every morning you rub your head with your hand.

阿难。汝常晨朝以手摩头。

“What do you think? When there is a sensation of the rubbing, where

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does the ability to make contact lie? Is the ability in the hands or is it in the head?

于意云何。此摩所知。谁为能触。能为在手。为复在头。

“If it were in the hands, then the head would have no knowledge of it, and how could that be what is called touch? If it were in the head, then the hands would be useless, and how could that be what is called touch?

若在于手。头则无知。云何成触。若在于头。手则无用。云何名触。

“If each had it, then you, Ananda, would have two bodies.

若各各有。则汝阿难。应有二身。

“If there were only one touch in the head and the hand, then the hand and the head would be of one substance. If they were one substance, then no touch would be possible.

若头与手一触所生。则手与头。当为一体。若一体者。触则无成。

“If they were two substances, to which would the touch belong? The one which was capable of touch would not be the one that was touched. The one that was touched would not be the one that was capable of touch. Nor should it be that the touch came into being between you and emptiness.

若二体者。触谁为在。在能非所。在所非能。不应虚空与汝成触。

“Therefore, you should know that neither the sensation of touch nor the body has a location. And so the two places of the body and touch are empty and false. Their origin is not in causes and conditions, nor do their natures arise spontaneously.

是故当知。觉触与身。俱无处所。即身与触。二俱虚妄。本非因缘。非自然性。

“Ananda, your mind is always conditioned by three qualities - good, bad, and indeterminate - which produce patterns of dharmas.

阿难。汝常意中。所缘善恶无记三性。生成法则。

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“Are these dharmas produced by the mind, or do they have a special place apart from the mind?

此法为复即心所生。为当离心别有方所。

“Ananda, if they were the mind, the dharmas would not be its defiling objects. Since they would not be conditions of the mind, how could you say that they had a location?

阿难。若即心者。法则非尘。非心所缘。云何成处。

“Suppose they were to have a special place apart from the mind: then would the dharmas themselves be able to know?

若离于心。别有方所。则法自性。为知非知。

“If they were to have a sense of knowing, they would be called a mind. If they were something other than you, they would be someone else’s mind, since they are not defiling objects. If they were the same as you, they would be your own mind. But, how could your mind stand apart from you?

知则名心。异汝非尘。同他心量。即汝即心。云何汝心。更二于汝。

“Suppose they were to have no sense of knowing; yet these defiling objects are not forms, sounds, smells, or tastes; they are neither cold nor warmth, nor the characteristic of emptiness. Where would they be located?

若非知者。此尘既非色声香味。离合冷暖。及虚空相。当于何在。

“We have established that they are represented in neither form nor emptiness; nor is it likely that they exist somewhere in the human realm beyond emptiness, for if they did, the mind could not be aware of them. Whence, then, would they arise?

今于色空。都无表示。不应人间。更有空外。心非所缘。处从谁立。

“Therefore, you should know that neither dharmas nor the mind has a location. And, so the two places of mind and dharmas are empty and false. Their origin is not in causes and conditions, nor do their natures

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arise spontaneously.

是故当知。法则与心。俱无处所。则意与法。二俱虚妄。本非因缘。非自然性。

“Moreover, Ananda, why do I say that the eighteen realms are basically the wonderful nature of true suchness, the Treasury of the Thus Come One?

复次阿难。云何十八界。本如来藏妙真如性。

“Ananda, as you understand it, the eyes and form create the conditions that produce the eye-consciousness.

阿难。如汝所明。眼色为缘。生于眼识。

“Is the consciousness produced because of the eyes, such that the eyes are its realm? Or is it produced because of form, such that form is its realm?

此识为复因眼所生。以眼为界。因色所生。以色为界。

“Ananda, if it were produced because of the eyes, then in the absence of emptiness and form it would not be able to make distinctions; and, so even if you had a consciousness, what use would it be?

阿难。若因眼生。既无色空。无可分别。纵有汝识。欲将何用。

“Moreover, your seeing is neither green, yellow, red, nor white. There is virtually nothing in which it is represented, therefore, what is the realm established from?

汝见又非青黄赤白。无所表示。从何立界。

“Suppose it were produced because of form. In emptiness, when there was no form, your consciousness would be extinguished. Then, why is it that the consciousness knows the nature of emptiness?

若因色生。空无色时。汝识应灭。云何识知是虚空性。

“Suppose a form changes. You are also conscious of the changing appearance; but your eye-consciousness does not change. Where is the

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boundary established?

若色变时。汝亦识其色相迁变。汝识不迁。界从何立。

“If the eye-consciousness were to change when form changed, then there would be no appearance of a realm. If it were not to change, it would be constant, and given that it was produced from form, it should have no conscious knowledge of where there was emptiness.

从变则变。界相自无。不变则恒。既从色生。应不识知虚空所在。

“Suppose the eye-consciousness arose both from the eyes and from form. If they were united, there would still be a point of separation. If they were separate, there would still be a point of contact. Hence, the substance and nature would be chaotic and disorderly; how could a realm be set up?

若兼二种。眼色共生。合则中离。离则两合。体性杂乱。云何成界。

“Therefore, you should know that as to the eyes and form being the conditions that produce the realm of eye-consciousness, none of the three places exists. Thus, the three aspects of the eyes, form, and the form realm do not have their origin in causes and conditions, nor do their natures arise spontaneously.

是故当知。眼色为缘。生眼识界。三处都无。则眼与色。及色界三。本非因缘。非自然性。

“Moreover, Ananda, as you understand it, the ear and sound create the conditions that produce the ear-consciousness.

阿难。又汝所明。耳声为缘。生于耳识。

“Is this consciousness produced because of the ear such that the ear is its realm, or is it produced because of sound, such that sound is its realm?

此识为复因耳所生。以耳为界。因声所生。以声为界。

“Ananda, suppose the ear-consciousness were produced because of the ear. The organ of hearing would have no awareness in the absence of both movement and stillness. Thus, nothing would be known by it. Since the organ would lack awareness, what would characterize the

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consciousness?

阿难。若因耳生。动静二相。既不现前。根不成知。必无所知。知尚无成。识何形貌。

“You may hold that the ears hear, but when there is no movement and stillness, hearing cannot occur. How, then, could the ears, which are but physical forms, unite with external objects to be called the realm of consciousness? Once again, therefore, how would the realm of consciousness be established?

若取耳闻。无动静故。闻无所成。云何耳形。杂色触尘。名为识界。则耳识界。复从谁立。

“Suppose it was produced from sound. If the consciousness existed because of sound, then it would have no connection with hearing. Without hearing, then the characteristic of sound would have no location.

若生于声。识因声有。则不关闻。无闻则亡声相所在。

“Suppose consciousness existed because of sound. Given that sound exists because of hearing, which causes the characteristic of sound to manifest, then you should also hear the hearing consciousness.

识从声生。许声因闻而有声相。闻应闻识。

“If the hearing consciousness is not heard, there is no realm. If it is heard, then it is the same as sound. If the consciousness itself is heard, who is it that perceives and hears the consciousness? If there is no perceiver, then in the end you would be like grass or wood.

不闻非界。闻则同声。识已被闻。谁知闻识。若无知者。终如草木。

“Nor is it likely that the sound and hearing mix together to form a realm in between. Since a realm in between could not be established, how could the internal and external characteristics be delineated?

不应声闻杂成中界。界无中位。则内外相。复从何成。

“Therefore, you should know that as to the ear and sound creating the

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conditions which produce the realm of the ear-consciousness, none of the three places exists. Thus, the three aspects of the ear, sound, and sound consciousness do not have their origin in causes and conditions, nor do their natures arise spontaneously.

是故当知。耳声为缘。生耳识界。三处都无。则耳与声。及声界三。本非因缘。非自然性。

“Moreover, Ananda, as you understand it, the nose and smells create the conditions that produce the nose-consciousness.

阿难。又汝所明。鼻香为缘。生于鼻识。

“Is this consciousness produced because of the nose, such that the nose is its realm? Or, is it produced because of smells, such that smells are its realm?

此识为复因鼻所生。以鼻为界。因香所生。以香为界。

“Suppose, Ananda, that the nose-consciousness were produced because of the nose, then in your mind, what do you take to be the nose? Do you hold that it takes the form of two fleshy claws, or do you hold it is an inherent ability of the nature which perceives smells as a result of movement?

阿难。若因鼻生。则汝心中以何为鼻。为取肉形双爪之相。为取嗅知动摇之性。

“Suppose you hold that it is fleshy claws which form an integral part of your body. Since the body’s perception is touch, the sense organ of smelling would be named ‘body’ instead of ‘nose,’ and the objects of smelling would be objects of touch. Since it would not even have the name ‘nose,’ how could a realm be established for it?

若取肉形。肉质乃身。身知即触。名身非鼻。名触即尘。鼻尚无名。云何立界。

“Suppose you held that the nose was the perceiver of smells. Then, in your mind, what is it that perceives? Suppose it were the flesh that perceived. Basically, what the flesh perceives is objects of touch, which

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have nothing to do with the nose.

若取嗅知。又汝心中以何为知。以肉为知。则肉之知。元触非鼻。

“Suppose it were emptiness that perceived. Then emptiness would itself be the perceiver, and the flesh would have no awareness. Thus, empty space would be you, and since your body would be without perception, Ananda would not exist.

以空为知。空则自知。肉应非觉。如是则应虚空是汝。汝身非知。今日阿难。应无所在。

“If it is the smell that perceives perception itself would lie with the smell. What would that have to do with you?

以香为知。知自属香。何预于汝。

“If it is certain that vapors of fragrance and stench are produced from your nose, then the two flowing vapors of fragrance and stench would not arise from the wood of Airavana or Chandana. Given that the smell does not come from these two things, when you smell your own nose, is it fragrant, or does it stink? What stinks does not give off fragrance; what is fragrant does not stink.

若香臭气。必生汝鼻。则彼香臭二种流气。不生伊兰。及栴檀木。二物不来。汝自嗅鼻。为香为臭。臭则非香。香则非臭。

“Suppose you say you can smell both the fragrance and the stench; then you, one person, would have two noses, and I would now be addressing questions to two Anandas. Which one is you?

若香臭二俱能闻者。则汝一人。应有两鼻。对我问道。有二阿难。谁为汝体。

“Suppose there is one nose; then fragrance and stench would not be two. Since stench would be fragrance and fragrance would become stench, there would not be two natures, thus what would make up the realm?

若鼻是一。香臭无二。臭既为香。香复成臭。二性不有。界从谁立。

“If the nose-consciousness were produced because of smells, it follows

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that it is in existence just because of smells. Just as the eyes can see but are unable to see themselves, so, too, if it exists because of smells, it would not be aware of smells.

若因香生。识因香有。如眼有见。不能观眼。因香有故。应不知香。

“If it is aware of smells, then it is not produced from smells. If it had no awareness, the realm of smelling would not come into being. If the consciousness were not aware of smells, then the realm would not be established from smells.

知即非生。不知非识。香非知有。香界不成。识不知香。因界则非从香建立。

“Since there is no intermediate realm of consciousness, there is no basis for establishing anything internal or external, either. Therefore, the nature of smelling is ultimately empty and false.

既无中间。不成内外。彼诸闻性。毕竟虚妄。

“Therefore, you should know that, as to the nose and smells being the conditions which produce the realm of the nose-consciousness, none of the three places exists. Thus, the three aspects of the nose, smells, and the realm of smelling do not have their origin in causes and conditions, nor do their natures arise spontaneously.

是故当知。鼻香为缘。生鼻识界。三处都无。则鼻与香。及香界三。本非因缘。非自然性。

“Moreover, Ananda, as you understand it, the tongue and flavors create the conditions that produce the tongue-consciousness.

阿难。又汝所明。舌味为缘。生于舌识。

“Is the consciousness produced because of the tongue, such that the tongue is its realm, or is it produced because of the flavors, such that the flavors are its realm?

此识为复因舌所生。以舌为界。因味所生。以味为界。

“Suppose, Ananda, that it were produced because of the tongue. Then all

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the sugar cane, black plums, huang lien, salt, wild ginger, ginger, and cassia in the world would be entirely without flavor. Also, when you taste your own tongue, is it sweet or bitter?

阿难。若因舌生。则诸世间甘蔗、乌梅、黄连、石盐、细辛、姜、桂、都无有味。汝自尝舌。为甜为苦。

“Suppose the nature of your tongue were bitter. Then, what would it be that tasted the tongue? Since the tongue cannot taste itself, who would have the sense of taste? If the nature of the tongue were not bitter, there would be no flavor engendered by it. Thus, how could a realm be established?

若舌性苦。谁来尝舌。舌不自尝。孰为知觉。舌性非苦。味自不生。云何立界。

“If it were produced because of flavor, the consciousness itself would be a flavor. The case would be the same as with the tongue organ being unable to taste itself. How could the consciousness know whether it had flavor or not?

若因味生。识自为味。同于舌根。应不自尝。云何识知是味非味。

“Moreover, flavors do not all come from one thing. Since flavors are produced from many things, the consciousness would have many substances.

又一切味。非一物生。味既多生。识应多体。

“Suppose that the consciousness were of a single substance and that the substance was definitely produced from flavor. Then, when salt, bland, sweet, and pungent were combined, their various differences would change into a single flavor and there would be no distinctions among them.

识体若一。体必味生。咸淡甘辛。和合俱生。诸变异相。同为一味。应无分别。

“If there were no distinctions, it could not be called consciousness. So, how could it further be called the realm of tongue, flavor, and

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consciousness?

分别既无。则不名识。云何复名舌味识界。

“Nor can it be that empty space produces your conscious awareness.

不应虚空。生汝心识。

“The tongue and flavors could not combine without each losing its basic nature. How could a realm be produced?

舌味和合。即于是中元无自性。云何界生。

“Therefore, you should know that, as to the tongue and flavors being the conditions that produce the realm of tongue-consciousness, none of the three places exists. Thus, the three aspects of the tongue, flavors, and the realm of the tongue do not have their origin in causes and conditions, nor do their natures arise spontaneously.

是故当知。舌味为缘。生舌识界。三处都无。则舌与味。及舌界三。本非因缘。非自然性。

“Moreover, Ananda, as you understand it, the body and objects of touch create the conditions that produce the body-consciousness.

阿难。又汝所明。身触为缘。生于身识。

“Is this consciousness produced because of the body, such that the body is its realm, or is it produced because of objects of touch, such that objects of touch are its realm?

此识为复因身所生。以身为界。因触所生。以触为界。

“Suppose, Ananda, that it were produced because of the body. When there was no awareness of the two conditions of contact with and separation from objects of touch, what would the body be conscious of?

阿难。若因身生。必无合离二觉观缘。身何所识。

“Suppose it were produced because of objects of touch. Then you would not need your body. Without a body, what could perceive contact with

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and separation from objects of touch?

若因触生。必无汝身。谁有非身知合离者。

“Ananda, things do not perceive objects of touch. It is the body that perceives objects of touch.

阿难。物不触知。身知有触。

“What the body knows is objects of touch, and what is aware of objects of touch is the body. What is objects of touch is not the body, and what is the body is not objects of touch.

知身即触。知触即身。即触非身。即身非触。

“The two characteristics of body and objects of touch are basically without a location. If it united with the body, it would be the body’s own substance and nature. If it were apart from the body, it would have the same appearance as empty space.

身触二相。元无处所。合身即为身自体性。离身即是虚空等相。

“Since the inside and the outside don’t stand up, how can one set up a middle? The middle cannot be set up, either. The inside and the outside are by nature empty. From what realm, then, is your consciousness born?

内外不成。中云何立。中不复立。内外性空。则汝识生。从谁立界。

“Therefore, you should know that, as to the body and objects of touch being the conditions that produce the realm of body-consciousness, none of the three places exists. Thus, the three aspects of the body, objects of touch, and the realm of the body do not have their origin in causes and conditions, nor do their natures arise spontaneously.

是故当知。身触为缘。生身识界。三处都无。则身与触。及身界三。本非因缘。非自然性。

“Moreover, Ananda, as you understand it, the mind and dharmas create the conditions that produce the mind-consciousness.

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阿难。又汝所明。意法为缘。生于意识。

“Is this consciousness produced because of the mind, such that the mind is its realm, or is it produced because of dharmas, such that dharmas are its realm?

此识为复因意所生。以意为界。因法所生。以法为界。

“Suppose, Ananda, that it were produced because of the mind. In your mind there certainly must be thoughts; these give expression to your mind. If there are no dharmas before you, the mind does not give rise to anything. Apart from conditions, it has no shape; thus, what use would the consciousness be?

阿难。若因意生。于汝意中。必有所思。发明汝意。若无前法。意无所生。离缘无形。识将何用。

“Moreover, is your conscious awareness the same as your mind organ, with its capacity to understand and make distinctions, or is it different? If it were the same as the mind, it would be the mind; how could it be something else that arises? If it were different from the mind, it should thereby be devoid of consciousness. If there were no consciousness, how would it arise from the mind? If there were consciousness, how would it differ from the mind? Since it is by nature neither the same nor different, how can a realm be established?

又汝识心。与诸思量。兼了别性。为同为异。同意即意。云何所生。异意不同。应无所识。若无所识。云何意生。若有所识。云何识意。唯同与异。二性无成。界云何立。

“Suppose it were produced because of dharmas. None of the dharmas of the world exists apart from the five defiling objects. Consider the dharmas of form, the dharmas of sound, the dharmas of smell, the dharmas of taste, and the dharmas of touch: each has a clearly distinguishable appearance and is matched with one of the five organs. They are not what the mind takes in.

若因法生。世间诸法。不离五尘。汝观色法。及诸声法。香法味法。及与触法。相状分明。以对五根。非意所摄。

“Suppose your consciousness were indeed produced through a reliance

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on dharmas. Take a close look at them now: what does each and every dharma look like?

汝识决定依于法生。今汝谛观。法法何状。

“Underlying the characteristics of form and emptiness, movement and stillness, penetration and obstruction, unity and separation, and production and extinction there is nothing at all.

若离色空。动静通塞。合离生灭。越此诸相。终无所得。

“When there is production, then form, emptiness, and all dharmas are produced. When there is extinction, then form, emptiness, and all dharmas are extinguished. Since what is causal does not exist, if those causes produce the consciousness, what appearance does the consciousness assume? If there is nothing discernable about the consciousness, how can a realm be established for it?

生则色空诸法等生。灭则色空诸法等灭。所因既无。因生有识。作何形相。相状不有。界云何生。

“Therefore, you should know that, as to the mind and dharmas being the conditions that produce the realm of the mind-consciousness, none of the three places exists. Thus, the three aspects of the mind, dharmas, and the realm of the mind do not have their origin in causes and conditions, nor do their natures arise spontaneously.”

是故当知。意法为缘。生意识界。三处都无。则意与法。及意界三。本非因缘。非自然性。

Ananda said to the Buddha, “World Honored One, the Thus Come One has often spoken of the mixture and union of causes and conditions, saying that the transformations of everything in the world are created from the mixing and uniting of the four elements.

阿难白佛言。世尊。如来常说和合因缘。一切世间种种变化。皆因四大和合发明。

“Why does the Thus Come One reject causes and conditions and spontaneity as well? I do not know how to understand your meaning

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now.

云何如来因缘自然二俱排摈。我今不知斯义所属。

“Please be so compassionate as to instruct us living beings in the final meaning of the Middle Way in the dharmas which are not idle theories.”

惟垂哀愍。开示众生中道了义无戏论法。

The World Honored One then told Ananda, “You have renounced the Small Vehicle dharmas of the Sound Hearers and those enlightened to conditions and have resolved to diligently seek unsurpassed Bodhi. Because of that, I will now explain the foremost truth to you.

尔时世尊。告阿难言。汝先厌离声闻缘觉诸小乘法。发心勤求无上菩提。故我今时。为汝开示第一义谛。

“Why do you still bind yourself up in the idle theories and false thoughts current among people of the world?

如何复将世间戏论。妄想因缘。而自缠绕。

“Although you are very learned, you are like someone who can discuss medicines but cannot distinguish a real medicine when it is placed before you. The Thus Come One says that you are truly pitiful.

汝虽多闻。如说药人。真药现前。不能分别。如来说为真可怜愍。

“Listen attentively now as I explain this point in detail for you and also for those of the future who cultivate the Great Vehicle, so that you all can penetrate to the real appearance.”

汝今谛听。吾当为汝。分别开示。亦令当来修大乘者。通达实相。

Ananda was silent and awaited the Buddha’s holy.

阿难默然。承佛圣旨。

“Ananda, according to what you said, the mixing and uniting of the four elements create the myriad transformations of everything in the world.

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阿难。如汝所言四大和合。发明世间种种变化。

“Ananda, if the nature of those elements does not mix and unite in substance, then they cannot combine with other elements, just as empty space cannot combine with forms.

阿难。若彼大性体非和合。则不能与诸大杂和。犹如虚空。不和诸色。

“Assuming that they do mix and unite, they are then only in a process of transformation in which they depend on one another for existence from beginning to end. In the course of transformation they are produced and extinguished being born and then dying, dying and then being born, in birth after birth, in death after death, the way a torch spun in a circle forms an unbroken wheel of flame.

若和合者。同于变化。始终相成。生灭相续。生死死生。生生死死。如旋火轮。未有休息。

“Ananda, the process is like water becoming ice and ice becoming water again.

阿难。如水成冰。冰还成水。

“Consider the nature of earth: its coarse particles make up the great earth. Its fine particles make up motes of dust, down to and including motes of dust bordering upon emptiness.

汝观地性。麤为大地。细为微尘。至邻虚尘。

“If one divides those fine motes of dust, their appearance is at the boundaries of form. Then divide those into seven parts.

析彼极微色边际相。七分所成。更析邻虚。即实空性。

“Ananda, if this mote of dust bordering upon emptiness is divided and becomes emptiness, it should be that emptiness can give rise to form.

阿难。若此邻虚。析成虚空。当知虚空。出生色相。

“Just now you asked if mixing and uniting doesn’t bring about the transformations of everything in the world.

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汝今问言。由和合故。出生世间诸变化相。

“You should carefully consider how much emptiness mixes and unites to make a single mote of dust bordering upon emptiness, since it makes no sense to say that dust bordering on emptiness is composed of dust bordering on emptiness.

汝且观此一邻虚尘。用几虚空和合而有。不应邻虚合成邻虚。

“Moreover, since motes of dust bordering upon emptiness can be reduced to emptiness, of how many motes of such form as this must emptiness be composed?

又邻虚尘。析入空者。用几色相。合成虚空。

“When these motes of form mass together, a mass of form does not make emptiness; when emptiness is massed together, a mass of emptiness does not make form. Besides, although form can be divided, how can emptiness be massed together?

若色合时。合色非空。若空合时。合空非色。色犹可析。空云何合。

“You simply do not know that in the Treasury of the Thus Come One the nature of form is true emptiness, and the nature of emptiness is true form. Pure at its origin, it pervades the Dharma Realm. It accords with living beings’ minds, in response to their capacity to know.

汝元不知。如来藏中。性色真空。性空真色。清净本然。周遍法界。随众生心。应所知量。

“It is experienced to whatever extent is dictated by the law of karma. Ignorant of this fact, people in the world are so deluded as to assign its origin to causes and conditions or to spontaneity. These mistakes, which arise from the discriminations and reasoning processes of the conscious mind, are nothing but the play of empty words which have no real meaning.

循业发现。世间无知。惑为因缘及自然性。皆是识心分别计度。但有言说。都无实义。

“Ananda, fire, which has no nature of its own, depends upon various

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causes and conditions for its existence. Consider a family in the city that has not yet eaten. When they wish to prepare food, they hold up a speculum to the sun, seeking fire.

阿难。火性无我。寄于诸缘。汝观城中未食之家。欲炊爨时。手执阳燧。日前求火。

“Ananda, let us look into your suggestion that the fire comes forth from mixing and uniting. By way of example, you and I and the twelve hundred and fifty bhikshus unite together to form a community. However, a careful analysis of the community reveals that every member composing it has his own body, birthplace, clan, and name. For instance, Shariputra is a Brahman, Uruvilva is of the Kashyapa clan, and you, Ananda, come from the Gautama family.

阿难。名和合者。如我与汝。一千二百五十比丘。今为一众。众虽为一。诘其根本。各各有身。皆有所生氏族名字。如舍利弗。婆罗门种。优楼频螺。迦叶波种。乃至阿难。瞿昙种姓。

“Ananda, suppose fire existed because of mixing and uniting. When the hand holds up the speculum to the sun to seek fire, does the fire come out of the speculum? Does it come out of the moxa tinder? Or does it come from the sun?

阿难。若此火性。因和合有。彼手执镜于日求火。此火为从镜中而出。为从艾出。为于日来。

“Suppose, Ananda, that it came from the sun. Not only would it burn the moxa tinder in your hand, but as it came across the groves of trees, it should burn them up as well.

阿难。若日来者。自能烧汝手中之艾。来处林木。皆应受焚。

“Suppose that it came from the speculum. Since it came out from within the speculum to ignite the moxa tinder, why doesn’t the speculum melt? Yet your hand that holds it feels no heat; how, then, could the speculum melt?

若镜中出。自能于镜。出然于艾。镜何不镕。纡汝手执。尚无热相。云何融泮。

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“Suppose that the fire came from the moxa tinder. Then why is fire generated only when the bright mirror comes into contact with the dazzling light?

若生于艾。何藉日镜光明相接。然后火生。

“Furthermore, on closer examination you will find the speculum held in hands, the sun high up in the sky, and moxa grown from the ground. Where does the fire come from? How can it travel some distance to reach here?

汝又谛观。镜因手执。日从天来。艾本地生。火从何方游历于此。

“The sun and the speculum cannot mix and unite, since they are far apart from each other. Nor can it be that the fire exists spontaneously, without an origin.

日镜相远。非和非合。不应火光。无从自有。

“You simply do not know that in the Treasury of the Thus Come One the nature of fire is true emptiness, and the nature of emptiness is true fire. Pure at its origin, it pervades the Dharma Realm. It accords with living beings’ minds, in response to their capacity to know.

汝犹不知如来藏中。性火真空。性空真火。清净本然。周遍法界。随众生心。应所知量。

“Ananda, you should know that fire is generated in the place where a speculum is held up to the sunlight, and fire will be generated everywhere if specula are held up to the sunlight throughout the Dharma Realm. Since fire can come forth throughout the whole world, can there be any fixed place to which it is confined?

阿难。当知世人。一处执镜。一处火生。遍法界执。满世间起。起遍世间。宁有方所。

“It is experienced to whatever extent is dictated by the law of karma. Ignorant of this fact, people in the world are so deluded as to assign its origin to causes and conditions or to spontaneity. These mistakes, which arise from the discriminations and reasoning processes of the conscious mind, are nothing but the play of empty words which have no real

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meaning.

循业发现。世间无知。惑为因缘。及自然性。皆是识心。分别计度。但有言说。都无实义。

“Ananda, water is by nature unstable. It may keep on flowing or come to a stop. Kapila, Chakra, Padma, and Hasta, and other great magicians of Shravasti often hold up instruments to the light of the full moon at midnight to extract from the moon the essence of water to mix with their drugs.

阿难。水性不定。流息无恒。如室罗城。迦毗罗仙。斫迦罗仙。及钵头摩。诃萨多等。诸大幻师。求太阴精用和幻药。是诸师等。于白月昼。手执方诸。承月中水。

“Does the water come out of the crystal ball? Does it exist of itself in space? Or, does it come from the moon?

此水为复从珠中出。空中自有。为从月来。

“Ananda, suppose the water came from the distant moon. Water then should also flow from all the grass and trees when the moonlight passes over them on its way to the crystal ball. If it does flow from them, why wait for it to come out of the crystal ball? If it does not flow from the trees, then it is clear that the water does not descend from the moon.

阿难。若从月来。尚能远方令珠出水。所经林木。皆应吐流。流则何待方诸所出。不流明水非从月降。

“If it came from the crystal balls, then it should flow from the crystal all the time. Why would they have to wait for midnight and the light of the full moon to receive it?

若从珠出。则此珠中。常应流水。何待中宵承白月昼。

“If it came from space, which is by nature boundless, it would flow everywhere, until everything between earth and sky was submerged. How, then, could there still be travel by water, land, and space?

若从空生。空性无边。水当无际。从人洎天。皆同滔溺。云何复有水陆

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空行。

“Furthermore, upon closer examination you will find that the moon moves through the sky, the crystal ball is held in the hand, and the pan for receiving the water is put there by someone; but, where does the water that flows into the pan come from?

汝更谛观。月从天陟。珠因手持。承珠水盘。本人敷设。水从何方。流注于此。

“The moon and the crystal balls cannot mix or unite, since they are far apart. Nor can it be that the essence of water exists spontaneously without an origin.

月珠相远。非和非合。不应水精。无从自有。

“You still do not know that in the Treasury of the Thus Come One the nature of water is true emptiness, and the nature of emptiness is true water. Pure in its origin, it pervades the Dharma Realm. It accords with living beings’ minds, in response to their capacity to know.

汝尚不知。如来藏中。性水真空。性空真水。清净本然。周遍法界。随众生心。应所知量。

“A crystal ball is held up at a certain place, and there water comes forth. If crystal balls were held up throughout the Dharma Realm, then throughout the Dharma Realm water would come forth. Since water can come forth throughout the entire world, can there be any fixed place to which it is confined?

一处执珠。一处水出。遍法界执。满法界生。生满世间。宁有方所。

“It is experienced to whatever extent is dictated by the law of karma. Ignorant of this fact, people in the world are so deluded as to assign their origin to causes and conditions or to spontaneity. These mistakes, which arise from the discriminations and reasoning processes of the conscious mind, are nothing but the play of empty words which have no real meaning.

循业发现。世间无知。惑为因缘。及自然性。皆是识心。分别计度。但

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有言说。都无实义。

“Ananda, by nature, the wind has no substance, and its movements and stillness are erratic. You always adjust your robe as you enter the great assembly. When the corner of your samghati brushes the person next to you, there is a slight breeze which stirs against that person’s face.

阿难。风性无体。动静不常。汝常整衣入于大众。僧伽梨角动及傍人。则有微风拂彼人面。

“Does this wind come from the corner of the kashaya, does it arise from emptiness, or is it produced from the face of the person brushed by the wind?

此风为复出袈裟角。发于虚空。生彼人面。

“Ananda, if the wind comes from the corner of the kashaya, you are then clad in the wind, and your kashaya should fly about and leave your body. I am now speaking dharma in the midst of the assembly, and my robe remains motionless and hangs straight down. You should look closely at my robe to see whether there is any wind in it. It cannot be that the wind is stored somewhere in the robe, either.

阿难。此风若复出袈裟角。汝乃披风。其衣飞摇。应离汝体。我今说法。会中垂衣。汝看我衣。风何所在。不应衣中。有藏风地。

“If it arose from emptiness, why wouldn’t the wind brush against the man even when your robe did not move? Emptiness is constant in nature; thus, the wind should constantly arise. When there was no wind, the emptiness should disappear. You can perceive the disappearance of the wind; but, what would the disappearance of emptiness look like? If it did arise and disappear, it could not be what is called emptiness. Since it is what is called emptiness, how can it generate wind?

若生虚空。汝衣不动。何因无拂。空性常住。风应常生。若无风时。虚空当灭。灭风可见。灭空何状。若有生灭。不名虚空。名为虚空。云何风出。

“If the wind came from the face of the person by your side, it would blow upon you while you set your robe in order. Why would it blow

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backwards upon the person from whom it was generated?

若风自生被拂之面。从彼面生。当应拂汝。自汝整衣。云何倒拂。

“Upon closer examination, you will find that the robe is set in order by yourself, the face blown by the wind belongs to the person by your side, and the emptiness is tranquil and not involved in movement. Where, then, does the wind come from that blows in this place?

汝审谛观。整衣在汝。面属彼人。虚空寂然。不曾流动。风自谁方鼓动来此。

“The wind and emptiness cannot mix and unite, since they are different from each other. Nor should it be that the wind spontaneously exists without an origin.

风空性隔。非和非合。不应风性。无从自有。

“You still do not know that in the Treasury of the Thus Come One the nature of wind is true emptiness, and the nature of emptiness is true wind. Pure at its origin, it pervades the Dharma Realm. It accords with living beings’ minds, in response to their capacity to know.

汝宛不知如来藏中。性风真空。性空真风。清净本然。周遍法界。随众生心。应所知量。

“Ananda, in the same way that you, as one person, move your robe slightly, and a small wind arises, so a wind arises in all countries if there is a similar movement throughout the Dharma Realm. Since it can be produced throughout the world, how can there be any fixed place to which it is confined?

阿难。如汝一人微动服衣。有微风出。遍法界拂。满国土生周遍世间。宁有方所。

“It is experienced to whatever extent is dictated by the law of karma. Ignorant of this fact, people in the world are so deluded as to assign their origin to causes and conditions or to spontaneity. These mistakes, which arise from the discriminations and reasoning processes of the conscious mind, are nothing but the play of empty words which bear no real

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meaning.

循业发现。世间无知。惑为因缘。及自然性。皆是识心。分别计度。但有言说。都无实义。

“Ananda, the nature of emptiness has no shape; it is only apparent because of form. For instance, Shravasti is far from the river, so when the Kshatriyas, Brahmans, Vaishyas, Shudras, Bharadvajas, Chandalas, and so forth, build their homes there, they dig wells seeking water. Where a foot of earth is removed, there is a foot of emptiness; where as many as ten feet of earth are removed, there are ten feet of emptiness. The depth of the emptiness corresponds to the amount of earth removed.

阿难。空性无形。因色显发。如室罗城。去河遥处。诸剎利种。及婆罗门。毗舍。首陀。兼颇罗堕。旃陀罗等。新立安居。凿井求水。出土一尺。于中则有一尺虚空。如是乃至出土一丈。中间还得一丈虚空。虚空浅深。随出多少。

“Does this emptiness come out of the dirt, does it exist because of the digging, or does it arise of itself without a cause?

此空为当因土所出。因凿所有。无因自生。

“Moreover, Ananda, suppose this emptiness arose of itself without any cause. Why wasn’t it unobstructed before the earth was dug? Quite the contrary, one saw only the great earth; there was no emptiness evident in it.

阿难。若复此空。无因自生。未凿土前。何不无碍。唯见大地。迥无通达。

“If emptiness came about because of the removal of the earth, we should have seen it entering the well as the earth was removed. If emptiness was not seen entering the well when the earth was first removed, how can we say that emptiness came about because of the removal of the earth?

若因土出。则土出时。应见空入。若土先出无空入者。云何虚空因土而出。

“If there is no going in or coming out, then there is no difference between the earth and emptiness. Why, then, doesn’t emptiness come out of the

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well along with the earth in the process of digging?

若无出入。则应空土元无异因。无异则同。则土出时。空何不出。

“If emptiness appeared because of the digging, then the digging would bring out emptiness instead of the earth. If emptiness does not come out because of the digging, then the digging yields only earth. Why, then, do we see emptiness appear as the well is dug?

若因凿出。则凿出空。应非出土。不因凿出。凿自出土。云何见空。

“You should consider this even more carefully. Look into it deeply, and you will find that the digging comes from the person’s hand as its means of conveyance, and the earth exists because of a change in the ground. But what causes the emptiness to appear?

汝更审谛。谛审谛观。凿从人手。随方运转。土因地移。如是虚空。因何所出。

“The digging and the emptiness, one being substantial and the other insubstantial, do not function on the same plane. They do not mix and unite. Nor can it be that emptiness exists spontaneously without an origin.

凿空虚实。不相为用。非和非合。不应虚空。无从自出。

“Although the nature of emptiness is completely pervasive, it is basically unmoving. You should know that it and earth, water, fire, and wind are together called the five elements. Their natures are true and perfectly fused, and all are the Treasury of the Thus Come One, fundamentally devoid of production and extinction.

若此虚空。性圆周遍。本不动摇。当知现前地水火风。均名五大。性真圆融。皆如来藏。本无生灭。

“Ananda, your mind is murky and confused, and you do not awaken to the fact that the source of the four elements is none other than the Treasury of the Thus Come One. Why do you not take a look at emptiness to see whether it is subject to such relativities as coming and going?

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阿难。汝心昏迷。不悟四大元如来藏。当观虚空。为出为入。为非出入。

“You do not know at all that in the Treasury of the Thus Come One the nature of enlightenment is true emptiness, and the nature of emptiness is true enlightenment. Pure at its origin, it pervades the Dharma Realm.

汝全不知如来藏中。性觉真空。性空真觉。清净本然。周遍法界。

“It accords with living beings’ minds, in response to their capacity to know.

随众生心。应所知量。

“Ananda, if in one place there is a well empty of earth, there will be emptiness filling up that one place. If there are wells empty of earth in the ten directions, there will be emptiness filling them up in the ten directions. Since it fills up the ten directions, is there any fixed location in which emptiness is found?

阿难。如一井空。空生一井。十方虚空。亦复如是。圆满十方。宁有方所。

“It is experienced to whatever extent is dictated by the law of karma. Ignorant of this fact, people in the world are so deluded as to assign their origin to causes and conditions or to spontaneity. These mistakes, which arise from the discriminations and reasoning processes of the conscious mind, are nothing but the play of empty words which bear no real meaning.

循业发现。世间无知。惑为因缘及自然性。皆是识心。分别计度。但有言说。都无实义。

“Ananda, the seeing awareness does not perceive by itself. It depends upon form and emptiness for its existence. You are now in the Jeta Grove where you see brightness in the morning and darkness in the evening. Deep in the night you will see brightness when the moon arises and darkness when no moon is visible. The brightness and darkness are discerned by the seeing.

阿难。见觉无知。因色空有。如汝今者在祇陀林。朝明夕昏。设居中

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宵。白月则光。黑月便暗。则明暗等。因见分析。

“Is the seeing identical in substance with brightness, darkness, and emptiness, or are they not the same substance? Are they the same and yet different, or are they not the same and yet not different?

此见为复与明暗相并太虚空。为同一体。为非一体。或同非同。或异非异。

“Ananda, suppose seeing were one with brightness, darkness, and emptiness. It so happens that where there is darkness there is no brightness, and where there is brightness there is no darkness, because the two cancel each other out. If it were one with darkness, it would cease to exist in brightness; if it were one with brightness, it would cease to exist in darkness. Such being the case, how could it perceive both brightness and darkness? If brightness and darkness differ from each other, how can they form a unity with seeing, which transcends production and destruction?

阿难。此见若复与明与暗。及与虚空元一体者。则明与暗。二体相亡。暗时无明。明时无暗。若与暗一。明则见亡。必一于明。暗时当灭。灭则云何见明见暗。若明暗殊。见无生灭。一云何成。

“Suppose that the essence of seeing were not of one substance with brightness and darkness, and that you were separate from light, darkness, and emptiness. Then what shape and appearance would the source of the seeing have, as you distinguish it?

若此见精与暗与明非一体者。汝离明暗。及与虚空。分析见元。作何形相。

“In the absence of darkness, brightness, and emptiness, the seeing would be the same as hair on a tortoise or horns on a hare. How could we establish the seeing perception without the presence of the three qualities of brightness, darkness, and emptiness?

离明离暗。及离虚空。是见元同龟毛兔角。明暗虚空。三事俱异。从何立见。

“How could we say that the seeing was one with darkness and brightness, since brightness and darkness are opposites? Yet, how can we say that it

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was different from the three qualities mentioned, since in their absence the seeing perception can never be established?

明暗相背。云何或同。离三元无。云何或异。

“How could we say that the seeing was not one with emptiness, since no boundary is established between them when they are separated from each other? How could we say that they were not different, since the seeing always remains unchanged, regardless of whether it is perceiving brightness or perceiving darkness?

分空分见。本无边畔。云何非同。见暗见明。性非迁改。云何非异。

“You should examine this in even greater detail, investigate it minutely, consider and contemplate it carefully. The light comes from the sun and darkness from the absence of the moon; penetration belongs to emptiness, and solidity returns to the earth. From what does the essence of seeing arise?

汝更细审。微细审详。审谛审观。明从太阳。暗随黑月。通属虚空。壅归大地。如是见精。因何所出。

“Seeing has awareness, and emptiness is inanimate: they do not mix and unite. Nor can it be that the essence of seeing arises spontaneously without an origin.

见觉空顽。非和非合。不应见精。无从自出。

“If the faculties of seeing, hearing, and knowing are by nature all pervasive and unmoving, you should know that the stable, boundless emptiness, together with the unstable elements such as earth, water, fire, and wind, are together known as the six elements. They are, in nature, true and perfectly fused and thus are the Treasury of the Thus Come One, fundamentally devoid of production and destruction.

若见闻知。性圆周遍。本不动摇。当知无边不动虚空。并其动摇地水火风。均名六大。性真圆融。皆如来藏。本无生灭。

“Ananda, your nature is so submerged that you have not realized that your seeing, hearing, awareness, and knowing are basically the Treasury of the Thus Come One. You should contemplate seeing, hearing,

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awareness, and knowing to see whether they are subject to production and extinction; whether they are identical or different; whether they are not subject to production and extinction; and whether they are not identical and not different.

阿难。汝性沉沦。不悟汝之见闻觉知本如来藏。汝当观此见闻觉知。为生为灭。为同为异。为非生灭。为非同异。

“You still don’t know that in the Treasury of the Thus Come One the nature of seeing is enlightened brightness; the essence of enlightenment is bright seeing. Pure at its origin, it pervades the Dharma Realm.

汝曾不知如来藏中。性见觉明。觉精明见。清净本然。周遍法界。

“It accords with living beings’ minds in response to their capacity to know. Consider, for example, the sense organ of seeing. Its seeing pervades the Dharma Realm. The same is true of the luster of the wonderful virtue of hearing, smelling, tasting, contact, and knowing. Since they fill emptiness in the ten directions throughout the Dharma Realm, how could there be any fixed location in which they are found?

随众生心。应所知量。如一见根。见周法界。听嗅尝触。觉触觉知。妙德莹然。遍周法界。圆满十虚。宁有方所。

“It is experienced to whatever extent is dictated by the law of karma. Ignorant of this fact, people in the world are so deluded as to assign its origin to causes and conditions or to spontaneity. These mistakes, which arise from the discriminations and reasoning processes of the conscious mind, are nothing but the play of empty words which have no real meaning.

循业发现。世间无知。惑为因缘。及自然性。皆是识心。分别计度。但有言说。都无实义。

“Ananda, the nature of consciousness has no source, but is a false manifestation based on the six organs and objects. Now, take a look at the entire holy assembly gathered here. As you glance at each one in turn, everything you see is like what is seen in a mirror, where nothing has any special distinction.

阿难。识性无源。因于六种根尘妄出。汝今遍观此会圣众。用目循历。

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其目周视。但如镜中。无别分析。

“However, your consciousness will identify them one by one: for example, Manjushri, Purna, Maudgalyayana, Subhuti, and Shariputra.

汝识于中次第标指。此是文殊。此富楼那。此目犍连。此须菩提。此舍利弗。

“Does the discerning faculty of the conscious mind come from seeing, from forms, or from emptiness, or does it arise suddenly without a cause?

此识了知。为生于见。为生于相。为生虚空。为无所因。突然而出。

“Ananda, suppose your consciousness came from seeing. If there were no brightness, darkness, form, and emptiness – if these four did not exist – you could not see. With seeing non-existent, what would be the origin of your consciousness?

阿难。若汝识性生于见中。如无明暗及与色空。四种必无。元无汝见。见性尚无。从何发识。

“If your consciousness arose from form rather than from seeing, it would not see either in brightness or in darkness. In the absence of brightness and darkness, it would not see form or emptiness, either. In the absence of form, where would your consciousness come from?

若汝识性生于相中。不从见生。既不见明。亦不见暗。明暗不瞩。即无色空。彼相尚无。识从何发。

“If it came from emptiness, it is neither an appearance nor the seeing. Since it does not see, it is unable by itself to discern brightness, darkness, form, or emptiness. Since it is not an appearance, it is in itself devoid of external conditions. Therefore, there is no place for seeing, hearing, awareness, and knowing to be established.

若生于空。非相非见。非见无辨。自不能知。明暗色空。非相灭缘。见闻觉知。无处安立。

“Since its location is devoid of these two, the consciousness that arises from emptiness would be the same as non-existent. Even if it did exist, it

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would not be the same as a thing. Even if your consciousness came forth from it, how would it discern anything?

处此二非。空则同无。有非同物。纵发汝识。欲何分别。

“If it suddenly comes forth without a cause, why can’t you discern the moonlight within the sunlight?

若无所因。突然而出。何不日中。别识明月。

“You should investigate this even more carefully, discriminate it in detail, and look into it. The seeing belongs to your eyes; the appearances are considered to be the environment; what has an appearance is existent; what is without any appearance is non-existent. What, then, are the conditions that cause the consciousness to come into being?

汝更细详。微细详审。见托汝睛。相推前境。可状成有。不相成无。如是识缘。因何所出。

“The consciousness moves and the seeing is quiet; they do not mix and unite. Smelling, hearing, awareness, and knowing are the same way. Nor should it be that the condition of consciousness exists spontaneously without an origin.

识动见澄。非和非合。闻听觉知。亦复如是。不应识缘。无从自出。

“If this conscious mind does not come from anywhere, you should know that the same is true of the mind, which makes distinctions, and the seeing, hearing, awareness, and knowing, which are all complete and tranquil. Their nature is without an origin. They and emptiness, earth, water, fire, and wind are together called the seven elements. Their true natures are perfectly fused, and all are the Treasury of the Thus Come One, fundamentally devoid of production and extinction.

若此识心。本无所从。当知了别见闻觉知。圆满湛然。性非从所。兼彼虚空地水火风。均名七大。性真圆融。皆如来藏。本无生灭。

“Ananda, your mind is coarse and shallow, and so you do not realize that the seeing and hearing are the Treasury of the Thus Come One, and you do not discover that knowing is the same way. You should contemplate these six locations of consciousness: are they the same or different? Are

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they empty or existent? Are they neither the same nor different? Are they neither empty nor existent?

阿难。汝心麤浮。不悟见闻发明了知本如来藏。汝应观此六处识心。为同为异。为空为有。为非同异。为非空有。

“You basically do not know that in the Treasury of the Thus Come One the nature of consciousness is bright and knowing. Enlightened brightness is the true consciousness. The wonderful enlightenment is tranquil and pervades the Dharma Realm.

汝元不知。如来藏中。性识明知。觉明真识。妙觉湛然。遍周法界。

“It encompasses the emptiness of the ten directions and issues forth in it. How can it have a location?

含吐十虚。宁有方所。

“It is experienced to whatever extent is dictated by the law of karma. Ignorant of this fact, people in the world are so deluded as to assign its origin to causes and conditions or to spontaneity. These mistakes, which arise from the discriminations and reasoning processes of the conscious mind, are nothing but the play of empty words which have no real meaning.”

循业发现。世间无知。惑为因缘。及自然性。皆是识心。分别计度。但有言说。都无实义。

At that time, Ananda and the Great Assembly, filled with the subtle, wonderful instruction of the Buddha, the Thus Come One, were peaceful in body and mind and were without obstructions. Everyone in the Great Assembly became aware that his or her mind pervaded the ten directions, beholding emptiness in the ten directions as one might look at a leaf or at an object held in one’s hands.

尔时阿难及诸大众。蒙佛如来。微妙开示。身心荡然。得无罣碍。是诸大众。各各自知。心遍十方。见十方空。如观手中所持叶物。

All the things that exist in the world were the wonderfully bright inherent mind of Bodhi.

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一切世间诸所有物。皆即菩提妙明元心。

The essence of the mind was completely pervading and contained the ten directions.

心精遍圆。含裹十方。

Then they looked back upon their bodies born of their parents as a fine mote of dust blown about in the emptiness of the ten directions; sometimes visible, sometimes not, as a single bubble floating on the clear, vast sea, appearing from nowhere and disappearing into oblivion. They comprehended and knew for themselves, and obtained their fundamental wonderful mind, which is everlasting and cannot be extinguished.

反观父母所生之身。犹彼十方虚空之中吹一微尘。若存若亡。如湛巨海流一浮沤。起灭无从。了然自知。获本妙心。常住不灭。

They bowed to the Buddha and placed their palms together, having obtained what they had never had before. Then, facing the Thus Come One, Ananda spoke verses in praise of the Buddha.

礼佛合掌。得未曾有。于如来前。说偈赞佛。

“The wonderfully deep Dharani, the unmoving Honored One,

The Foremost Shurangama King is seldom found in the world.

妙湛总持不动尊。首楞严王世稀有。

“It melts away my upside down thoughts gathered in a million kalpas.

So I needn’t endure asamkhyeya aeons to obtain the dharma body.

销我亿劫颠倒想。不历僧祇获法身。

“I wish now to achieve the result and become an honored king,

Who then returns to save as many beings

As there are sand grains in the Ganges.

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I offer this deep thought to those who are

As countless as the motes of dust of the Buddhalands,

To repay the kindness shown me by the Buddha.

愿今得果成宝王。还度如是恒沙众。将此深心奉尘剎。是则名为报佛恩。

“In obeisance I ask the World Honored One to certify

My vow to first enter the five turbid evil realms.

伏请世尊为证明。五浊恶世誓先入。

“If there is even one being who hasn’t become a Buddha,

At death I will not reach for Nirvana.

如一众生未成佛。终不于此取泥洹。

“May the exalted hero’s awesome strength, his kindness and compassion,

Search out and dispel even the most subtle of my doubts.

十雄大力大慈悲。希更审除微细惑。

“Causing me to quickly attain the supreme enlightenment,

And sit in the Bodhimanda of the worlds of the ten directions.

令我早登无上觉。于十方界坐道场。

“Should even the shunyata nature entirely melt away,

This vajra mind will never waver.”

舜若多性可销亡。烁迦罗心无动转。

(End of Chapter 1卷三完)

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The Sutra of the Foremost Shurangama at the Great Buddha’s Summit Concerning the Tathagata’s Secret Cause of Cultivation, His Certification to the Complete Meaning and all Bodhisattvas’ Myriad Practices.

Chapter 4

《大佛顶如来密因修证了义诸菩萨万行首楞严经》卷四

Then Purnamaitreyaniputra arose from his seat in the midst of the Great Assembly, uncovered his right shoulder, knelt on his right knee, put his palms together respectfully, and said to the Buddha, “The most virtuous and awe-inspiring World Honored One has for the sake of living beings expounded the primary truth of the Thus Come One with remarkable eloquence.

尔时富楼那弥多罗尼子。在大众中。即从座起。偏袒右肩。右膝着地。合掌恭敬。而白佛言。大威德世尊。善为众生敷演如来第一义谛。

“The World Honored One often singles me out as the foremost among speakers of dharma. But now when I hear the wonderful and subtle expression of the dharma, I am like a deaf person who at a distance of more than a hundred paces tries to hear a mosquito, which in fact cannot be seen, let alone heard.

世尊常推说法人中。我为第一。今闻如来微妙法音。犹如聋人。逾百步外。聆于蚊蚋。本所不见。何况得闻。 佛虽宣明。令我除惑。今犹未详斯义究竟无疑惑地。

“World Honored One, although Ananda and those like him have become enlightened, they have not yet cast out their habits and outflows.

世尊。如阿难辈。虽则开悟。习漏未除。

“We in the assembly have reached the level of no outflows. Yet, although we have no outflows, we still have doubts about the dharma we have now heard the Thus Come One speak.

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我等会中登无漏者。虽尽诸漏。今闻如来所说法音。尚纡疑悔。

“World Honored One, if all the sense organs, sense objects, skandhas, places, and realms in all the world are the Treasury of the Thus Come One, originally pure, why do there suddenly arise the mountains, the rivers, and the great earth – all conditioned appearances which cyclically change and flow, end and then begin again?

世尊。若复世间一切根尘阴处界等。皆如来藏清净本然。云何忽生山河大地诸有为相。次第迁流。终而复始。

“Moreover, the Thus Come One said that earth, water, fire, and wind are by nature perfectly fused, are all-pervasive in the Dharma Realm, and are all tranquil and everlasting.

又如来说。地水火风。本性圆融。周遍法界。湛然常住。

“World Honored One, if the nature of earth is pervasive, how can it contain water? If the nature of water is pervasive, then fire does not arise. Further, how do you explain that the natures of fire and water can each pervade empty space with out displacing one another? World Honored One, the nature of earth is solid; the nature of emptiness is penetrating. How can they both pervade the Dharma Realm? I don’t know where this doctrine is leading.

世尊。若地性遍。云何容水。水性周遍。火则不生。复云何明水火二性俱遍虚空。不相陵灭。世尊。地性障碍。空性虚通。云何二俱周遍法界。而我不知是义攸往。

“I only hope the Thus Come One will compassionately explain in order to rend the clouds of confusion in me and among the Great Assembly.” After saying this, he made a full prostration and respectfully and expectantly awaited the Thus Come One’s unsurpassed compassionate instruction.

惟愿如来。宣流大慈。开我迷云。及诸大众。作是语已。五体投地。钦渴如来无上慈诲。

The World Honored One then told Purna and all the Arhats in the assembly who had extinguished their outflows and had reached the level

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of no study,

尔时。世尊告富楼那及诸会中漏尽无学诸阿罗汉。

“Today the Thus Come One will explain in depth the true, supreme meaning within the supreme meaning in order to cause all of you in the assembly who are fixed-nature Sound-Hearers and those Arhats who have not realized the two kinds of emptiness, but are dedicated to the superior vehicle, as well as the others, to obtain the place of still extinction, the one vehicle, the true aranya, the proper place of cultivation. Listen attentively and I will explain it for you.”

如来今日普为此会宣胜义中真胜义性。令汝会中定性声闻。及诸一切未得二空回向上乘阿罗汉等。皆获一乘寂灭场地。真阿练若正修行处。汝今谛听。当为汝说。

Purna and the others, revering the Buddha’s expression of Dharma, listened silently.

富楼那等。钦佛法音。默然承听。

The Buddha said, “Purna, you have asked why in fundamental purity the mountains, the rivers, and the great earth suddenly arise.

佛言。富楼那。如汝所言。清净本然。云何忽生山河大地。

“Have you not often heard the Thus Come One expound upon the wonderful light of the enlightened nature and the bright wonder of the fundamental enlightenment?”

汝常不闻如来宣说。性觉妙明。本觉明妙。

Purna said, “Yes, World Honored One, I have often heard the Buddha expound upon this subject.”

富楼那言。唯然。世尊。我常闻佛宣说斯义。

The Buddha said, “You speak of the light of enlightenment; is it that the natural light is called enlightenment? Or are you saying that enlightenment is initially without light and that then there is a so-called

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brightening of the enlightenment?”

佛言。汝称觉明。为复性明。称名为觉。为觉不明。称为明觉。

Purna said, “If the absence of light is called enlightenment, then there is no light whatever.”

富楼那言。若此不明名为觉者。则无所明。

The Buddha said, “If there is no bright enlightenment without light added to it, then it is not enlightenment with it; and it is not light without it. The absence of light is not the still, bright nature of enlightenment, either.

佛言。若无所明。则无明觉。有所非觉。无所非明。无明又非觉湛明性。

“The nature of enlightenment is essentially bright. It is false for you to make it bright enlightenment.

性觉必明。妄为明觉。

“Enlightenment is not something that needs to be made bright, for once that is done, an object is established because of this light. Once an object is falsely set up, you as a false subject come into being.

觉非所明。因明立所。所既妄立。生汝妄能。

“In the midst of what is neither the same nor different, difference blazes forth. And what is different from that difference becomes sameness, because of the difference. Once sameness and difference are created then due to them what is neither the same nor different is further established.

无同异中。炽然成异。异彼所异。因异立同。同异发明。因此复立无同无异。

“This turmoil eventually brings about weariness. Prolonged weariness produces defilement. The combination of these in a murky turbidity creates affliction with respect to wearisome defilement.

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如是扰乱。相待生劳。劳久发尘。自相浑浊。由是引起尘劳烦恼。

“Arisal is the world; stillness is emptiness. Emptiness is sameness; the world is difference. What is neither sameness nor difference is the actual conditioned dharmas.

起为世界。静成虚空。虚空为同。世界为异。彼无同异。真有为法。

“The interaction of bright enlightenment and dark emptiness sets them in a perpetual rotation; thus there is the pervasiveness of wind which supports the world.

觉明空昧。相待成摇。故有风轮执持世界。

“Because emptiness produces movement, hardened light sets up a solidity which is the store of metal. Bright enlightenment makes this hardness; thus there is the pervasiveness of metal which secures the lands.

因空生摇。坚明立碍。彼金宝者。明觉立坚。故有金轮。保持国土。

“Obstinate attachment to unenlightened awareness results in the formation of metals, while the vibration of illusory awareness causes wind to rise up. The wind and metal rub together; thus there is the light of fire which is changeable by nature.

坚觉宝成。摇明风出。风金相摩。故有火光为变化性。

“The brightness of the metal produces moisture, and from the light of fire steam arises; thus there is the pervasiveness of water which encompasses realms in the ten directions.

宝明生润。火光上蒸。故有水轮。含十方界。

“Fire rises and water falls, and the combination sets up a solidity. What is wet becomes the oceans and seas; what is dry becomes the continents and islands.

火腾水降。交发立坚。湿为巨海。干为洲潬。

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“Because of this, fire often rises up in the oceans, and on the continents the streams and rivers ever flow.

以是义故。彼大海中火光常起。彼洲潬中江河常注。

“When the power of water is less than that of fire, high mountains result. So it is that mountain rocks give off sparks when struck, and become liquid when melted.

水势劣火。结为高山。是故山石。击则成焰。融则成水。

“When the power of earth is less than that of water, the outcome is grasses and trees. So it is that groves and meadows turn to ashes when burned and ooze water when twisted.

土势劣水。抽为草木。是故林薮。遇烧成土。因绞成水。

“A falseness is produced with interaction as the seeds, and from these causes and conditions comes the continuity of the world.

交妄发生。递相为种。以是因缘。世界相续。

“Moreover, Purna, the false brightness is none other than the mistake of adding light to enlightenment.

复次富楼那。明妄非他。觉明为咎。

“After the falseness of an object is established, the faculty of understanding cannot transcend it. Due to this cause and condition, hearing does not go beyond sound, and seeing does not surpass form.

所妄既立。明理不踰。以是因缘。听不出声。见不超色。

“Forms, smells, tastes, and objects of touch – six falsenesses are realized. Because of them there is division into seeing, sensation, hearing, and knowing.

色香味触。六妄成就。由是分开。见觉闻知。

“Similar karma binds together: union and separation bring about transformation.

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同业相缠。合离成化。

“One sees that a bright spot is generated. At the sight of the bright spot conception comes into being. Differing views produce hatred; similar views create love. The flow of love becomes a seed, and the conception is drawn into the womb. Intercourse happens with a mutual attraction of similar karma. And so there are the causes and conditions that create the kalala, the arbuda, and the rest.

见明色发。明见想成。异见成憎。同想成爱。流爱为种。纳想为胎。交遘发生。吸引同业。故有因缘生羯罗蓝、遏蒲昙等。

“The womb-born, egg-born, moisture-born, and transformation-born come about in response: the egg-born come from thought, the womb-born are due to emotion, the moisture-born arise from union, and transformations occur through separation.

胎卵湿化。随其所应。卵唯想生。胎因情有。湿以合感。化以离应。

“Emotion, thought, union, and separation go through further changes, and from all the karma received one either rises or sinks. From these causes and conditions comes the continuity of living beings.

情想合离。更相变易。所有受业。逐其飞沈。以是因缘。众生相续。

“Purna, thought and love become bound together so that people love each other and cannot bear to be apart. As a result, the world has seen an endless succession of births of parents, children, and grandchildren. And the basis for all of this is desire and greed.

富楼那。想爱同结。爱不能离。则诸世间父母子孙。相生不断。是等则以欲贪为本。

“Greed and love feed on one another until greed becomes insatiable. As a result, in the world all the sentient beings born of eggs, wombs, moisture, and by transformation tend to devour one another for the nourishment of their bodies to the extent that their strength permits. And the basis for all of this is killing and greed.

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贪爱同滋。贪不能止。则诸世间卵化湿胎。随力强弱。递相吞食。是等则以杀贪为本。

“A person eats a sheep. The sheep dies and becomes a person. The person dies and becomes a sheep, and it goes on that way through ten births and more. Through death after death and birth after birth, they come back to eat one another. The evil karma becomes innate and exhausts the bounds of the future. And the basis for all of this is stealing and greed.

以人食羊。羊死为人。人死为羊。如是乃至十生之类。死死生生。互来相啖。恶业俱生。穷未来际。是等则以盗贪为本。

“‘You owe me a life; I have to repay my debt to you.’ From these causes and conditions we pass through hundreds of thousands of aeons, in a sustained cycle of birth and death.

汝负我命。我还汝债。以是因缘。经百千劫。常在生死。

“‘You love my mind; I adore your form.’ From these causes and conditions we pass through hundreds of thousands of aeons, in a sustained mutual entanglement.

汝爱我心。我怜汝色。以是因缘。经百千劫。常在缠缚。

“Killing, stealing, and lust are themselves the basic roots. From these causes and conditions comes the continuity of karmic retribution.

唯杀盗淫三为根本。以是因缘。业果相续。

“Therefore, Purna, the three kinds of upside down continuity come from the light which is added to enlightenment. With this false enlightening of the knowing-nature, subjective awareness gives rise to objective appearances. Both are born of false views, and from this falseness the mountains, the rivers, the great earth, and all conditioned appearances unfold themselves in a succession that recurs in endless cycles.”

富楼那。如是三种颠倒相续。皆是觉明。明了知性。因了发相。从妄见生。山河大地诸有为相。次第迁流。因此虚妄终而复始。

Purna said, “If this wonderful enlightenment, this basic miraculous

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enlightened brightness which is neither greater than nor less than the mind of the Thus Come One, abruptly brings forth the mountains, the rivers, and the great earth, and all conditioned appearances, then now that the Thus Come One has attained the wonderful empty bright enlightenment, will the mountains, the rivers, the great earth, and all conditioned habitual outflows arise again?”

富楼那言。若此妙觉本妙觉明。与如来心不增不减。无状忽生山河大地诸有为相。如来今得妙空明觉。山河大地有为习漏何当复生。

The Buddha said to Purna, “Consider for example a person who has become confused in a village, mistaking south for north. Is this confusion the result of confusion or of awareness?”

佛告富楼那。譬如迷人。于一聚落。惑南为北。此迷为复因迷而有。因悟所出。

Purna said, “This person’s confusion is the result neither of confusion nor of awareness. Why? Confusion is fundamentally baseless, so how could it arise because of confusion? Awareness does not produce confusion, so how could it arise because of awareness?”

富楼那言。如是迷人。亦不因迷。又不因悟。何以故。迷本无根。云何因迷。悟非生迷。云何因悟。

The Buddha said, “If a person who is aware points out the way to the person who is in the midst of confusion, and makes him aware, then do you suppose, Purna, that once the person is over his confusion he could lose his sense of direction again in that village?”

佛言。彼之迷人。正在迷时。倏有悟人指示令悟。富楼那。于意云何。此人纵迷。于此聚落。更生迷不。

“No, World Honored One.”

不也。世尊。

“Purna, the Thus Come Ones of the ten directions are the same way. Confusion is groundless and ultimately empty in nature. There had basically been no confusion: it merely seemed as if there were confusion and enlightenment. When the delusion about confusion and

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enlightenment is ended, enlightenment does not give rise to confusion.

富楼那。十方如来亦复如是。此迷无本性毕竟空。昔本无迷。似有迷觉。觉迷迷灭。觉不生迷。

“It is also like a person with an eye-ailment who sees flowers in space. If he gets rid of his eye-ailment, the flowers in space will disappear. If he were so stupid as to quickly return to the spot where the flowers disappeared and wait for them to reappear, would you consider that person to be stupid or smart?”

亦如翳人见空中华。翳病若除。华于空灭。忽有愚人。于彼空华所灭空地。待华更生。汝观是人为愚为慧。

Purna said, “Originally there weren’t any flowers in space. It was through a falseness in the seeing that they were produced and extinguished. To see the disappearance of the flowers in space is already upside down. To wait for them to reappear is sheer madness. Why bother to determine further if such a person is stupid or smart?”

富楼那言。空元无华。妄见生灭。见华灭空。已是颠倒。敕令更出。斯实狂痴。云何更名如是狂人为愚为慧。

The Buddha said, “Since you explain it that way, why do you ask if the wonderful enlightened bright emptiness can once again give rise to the mountains, the rivers, and the great earth?

佛言。如汝所解。云何问言。诸佛如来妙觉明空。何当更出山河大地。

“It is like a piece of ore containing gold and a mixture of other metals. Once the pure gold is extracted, it will not become an ore again. It is like wood that has been burned to ashes; it will not become wood again.

又如金矿。杂于精金。其金一纯。更不成杂。如木成灰。不重为木。

“The Bodhi and Nirvana of all Buddhas, the Thus Come Ones, are the same way.

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诸佛如来。菩提涅盘。亦复如是。

“Purna, you also asked whether the natures of water and fire would not destroy each other if the natures of earth, water, fire, and wind were all perfectly fused and pervaded the Dharma Realm, and whether subtle emptiness and the great earth would not be incompatible if both pervaded the Dharma Realm.

富楼那。又汝问言。地水火风。本性圆融。周遍法界。疑水火性不相陵灭。又征虚空及诸大地。俱遍法界。不合相容。

“For example, Purna, the substance of emptiness is not the myriad things, and yet it does not prevent the inclusion of all appearances within it.

富楼那。譬如虚空。体非群相。而不拒彼诸相发挥。

“Do you know the reason why? Purna, the empty space is bright on a sunny day, and dark when the sky is cloudy. It moves when the wind rises up, it is fresh when the sky clears. It is turbid and hazy when the weather is foul, it is obscure when a dust-storm breaks out. It casts a bright reflection on a pool of clear water.

所以者何。富楼那。彼太虚空。日照则明。云屯则暗。风摇则动。霁澄则清。气凝则浊。土积成霾。水澄成映。

“What do you think of these conditions which come into existence at different places? Are they created from these conditions themselves or do they find their origin in emptiness?

于意云何。如是殊方诸有为相。为因彼生。为复空有。

“If they arise from those conditions, Purna, then on a sunny day since the sun is bright, all the worlds of the ten directions should take the form of the sun. Then how does it happen that on a sunny day one still sees the round sun in the sky? If emptiness is bright, emptiness itself should shine. How does it happen that when there is a covering of clouds and fog there is no light in evidence?

若彼所生。富楼那。且日照时。既是日明。十方世界同为日色。云何空中更见圆日。若是空明。空应自照。云何中宵云雾之时。不生光

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耀。

“You should know that brightness is not the sun, is not emptiness, and is not other than the emptiness and the sun.

当知是明。非日非空。不异空日。

“The truly wonderful enlightened brightness is the same way. If your karma finds expression in emptiness, then emptiness will appear. If your karma finds expression in one or another of earth, water, fire, or wind, that one will appear. If your karma finds expression in them all, they will all appear.

真妙觉明。亦复如是。汝以空明。则有空现。地水火风。各各发明。则各各现。若俱发明。则有俱现。

“How can they all appear? Suppose, Purna, the sun’s reflection appears in a single body of water, and two people gaze at it, both at the same time. Then one person walks east and the other walks west. Each person, still looking in the water, will see a sun go along with him, one to the east, one to the west, seemingly without there being any fixed direction for the movement of the sun’s reflection.

云何俱现。富楼那。如一水中现于日影。两人同观水中之日。东西各行。则各有日随二人去。一东一西。先无准的。

“You shouldn’t belabor the question and say, ‘if there is one sun, how can it follow both people? Since the sun is double, why does only one appear in the sky?’ This is just to revolve in falseness, because it cannot be proved.

不应难言。此日是一。云何各行。各日既双。云何现一。宛转虚妄。无可凭据。

“Contemplate the fundamental falseness of appearances. They are just like flowers that are conjured up in space and produce empty fruit. Why, then, investigate the meaning of their formation and disappearance?

观相元妄。无可指陈。犹邀空华。结为空果。云何诘其相陵灭义。

“Contemplate the fundamental truth of the nature. It is solely the

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wonderful enlightened brightness, the wonderful enlightened bright mind. Originally, it is neither water nor fire. Why, then, ask about incompatibility?

观性元真。唯妙觉明。妙觉明心。先非水火。云何复问不相容者。

“Purna, you think that form and emptiness overcome and destroy one another in the Treasury of the Thus Come One. Thus the Treasury of the Thus Come One accordingly appears to you as form and emptiness throughout the Dharma Realm.

富楼那。汝以色空相倾相夺于如来藏。而如来藏随为色空。周遍法界。

“And so, within it the wind moves, emptiness is still, the sun is bright, and the clouds are dark. The reason for this lies in the delusion of living beings who have turned their backs on enlightenment and joined with the ‘dust.’ Thus, the wearisome defilements come into being and mundane appearances exist.

是故于中。风动空澄。日明云暗。众生迷闷。背觉合尘。故发尘劳。有世间相。

“With the wonderful brightness that is not extinguished and not produced, I unite with the Treasury of the Thus Come One. Thus the Treasury of the Thus Come One is the unique and wonderful enlightened brightness which completely illumines the Dharma Realm.

我以妙明不灭不生合如来藏。而如来藏唯妙觉明圆照法界。

“That is why, within it, the one is limitless; the limitless is one. In the small appears the great; in the great appears the small.

是故于中。一为无量。无量为一。小中现大。大中现小。

“Unmoving in the Bodhimanda, yet pervading the ten directions, my body contains the ten directions and endless emptiness. On the tip of a single hair appear the lands of the Jeweled Kings. Sitting in a mote of dust, I turn the great Dharma wheel, destroy the defilements, and unite with enlightenment, so, true suchness, the wonderful enlightened bright

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nature, comes into being.

不动道场。遍十方界。身含十方无尽虚空。于一毛端现宝王刹。坐微尘里转大法轮。灭尘合觉。故发真如妙觉明性。

“The Treasury of the Thus Come One is the fundamental, wonderful, perfect mind.

而如来藏本妙圆心。

“It is not the mind, nor emptiness, nor earth, nor water, nor wind, nor fire; it is not the eyes, nor the ears, the nose, the tongue, the body, or the mind. It is not form, nor sound, smells, tastes, objects of touch, or dharmas. It is not the realm of eye-consciousness, nor any other, up to and including the realm of mind-consciousness.

非心非空。非地非水。非风非火。非眼非耳鼻舌身意。非色非声香味触法。非眼识界。如是乃至非意识界。

“It is not understanding, nor ignorance, nor the ending of understanding or ignorance, nor any other, up to and including old age and death and the ending of old age and death.

非明无明。明无明尽。如是乃至非老非死。非老死尽。

“It is not suffering, nor accumulation, nor extinction, nor the way. It is neither knowing nor attaining.

非苦非集。非灭非道。非智非得。

“It is not Dana, nor Shila, nor Virya, nor Kshanti, nor Dhyana, nor Prajna, nor Paramita.

非檀那。非尸罗。非毗梨耶。非羼提。非禅那。非般刺若。非波罗密多。

“Nor any other: it is not the Tathagata, nor the Arhats, nor Samyaksambodhi, nor Parinirvana, nor Permanence, nor Bliss, nor True Self, nor Purity.

如是乃至非怛闼阿竭。非阿罗诃。三耶三菩。非大涅盘。非常非乐

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非我非净。

“Therefore, it is neither mundane nor transcendental, since the Treasury of the Thus Come One is the fundamental brightness of the wonderful mind.

以是俱非世出世故。即如来藏元明心妙。

“It is the mind, it is emptiness, it is earth, it is water, it is wind, it is fire, it is the eyes, it is the ears, the nose, the tongue, the body, and the mind. It is form, it is sounds, smells, tastes, objects of touch, and dharmas. It is the realm of eye-consciousness, and so forth up to and including the realm of mind-consciousness.

即心即空。即地即水。即风即火。即眼即耳鼻舌身意。即色即声香味触法。即眼识界。如是乃至即意识界。

“It is understanding and ignorance and the ending of understanding and ignorance, and so forth up to and including old age and death and the ending of old age and death.

即明无明。明无明尽。如是乃至即老即死。即老死尽。

“It is suffering, it is accumulation, it is extinction, and it is the way. It is knowing and attaining.

即苦即集即灭即道。即智即得。

“It is Dana, it is Shila, it is Virya, it is Kshanti, it is Dhyana, it is Prajna, and it is Paramita, and so forth, up to and including the Tathagata, the Arhats, Samyaksambodhi, Parinirvana, Permanence, Bliss, True Self, and Purity.

即檀那。即尸罗。即毗梨耶。即羼提。即禅那。即般刺若。即波罗密多。如是乃至即怛闼阿竭。即阿罗诃。三耶三菩。即大涅盘。即常即乐即我即净。

“It is both mundane and transcendental, since the Treasury of the Thus Come One is the wonderful brightness of the fundamental mind.

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以是俱即世出世故。即如来藏妙明心元。

“It is apart from ‘is’ and ‘is not.’ It is identical with ‘is’ and ‘is not.’

离即离非。是即非即。

“How can living beings in the three realms of existence on the level of worldliness and the Sound-Hearers and Those Enlightened to Conditions on the level of transcendence make suppositions about the supreme Bodhi of the Thus Come One with the minds that they know of, or enter the knowledge and vision of the Buddha through the medium of worldly language and expressions?

如何世间三有众生。及出世间声闻缘觉。以所知心测度如来无上菩提。用世语言入佛知见。

“For example, lutes, flutes, and guitars can make wonderful sounds, but if there are no skilled fingers to play them, their music will never come forth.

譬如琴瑟箜篌琵琶。虽有妙音。若无妙指终不能发。

“You and all living beings are the same way. The precious, enlightened mind is perfect in everyone. Thus, I press my finger upon it and the ocean-impression emits light; you move your mind, and the wearisome defilements spring up.

汝与众生。亦复如是。宝觉真心。各各圆满。如我按指。海印发光。汝暂举心。尘劳先起。

“It is all because you do not diligently seek the unsurpassed enlightened Way, but are fond of the lesser vehicle and are satisfied with little attainment.”

由不勤求无上觉道。爱念小乘。得少为足。

Purna said, “I am non-dual and complete with the Thus Come One’s perfect brightness of the precious enlightenment, the true wonder of the pure mind. But long ago I was victimized by false thoughts that have no beginning and I have long endured the turning wheel of rebirth. Now I have attained the sagely vehicle, but it is not yet ultimate. The World

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Honored One has completely extinguished all falseness and obtained wonderful true permanence.

富楼那言。我与如来宝觉圆明。真妙净心。无二圆满。而我昔遭无始妄想。久在轮回。今得圣乘。犹未究竟。世尊。诸妄一切圆灭。独妙真常。

“I venture to ask the Thus Come One why all living beings exist in falseness and conceal their own wonderful brightness, so that they keep drowning in this deluge?”

敢问如来。一切众生何因有妄。自蔽妙明。受此沦溺。

The Buddha said to Purna, “Although you have cast off doubts, you still have not ended residual delusions. I will now employ a worldly event in questioning you.

佛告富楼那。汝虽除疑。余惑未尽。吾以世间现前诸事。今复问汝。

“Have you not heard of Yajnadatta in Shravasti who on impulse one morning held a mirror to his face and fell in love with the head in the mirror? He gazed at the eyes and eyebrows but got angry because he could not see his own face. He decided he must be a li mei ghost. Having lost all his bearings, he ran madly out. What do you think? Why did this person set out on a mad chase for no reason?”

汝岂不闻室罗城中。演若达多。忽于晨朝以镜照面。爱镜中头眉目可见。嗔责己头不见面目。以为魑魅。无状狂走。于意云何。此人何因无故狂走。

Purna said, “That person was insane. There’s no other reason.”

富楼那言。是人心狂。更无他故。

The Buddha said, “What reason can you give for calling false the wonderful enlightened bright perfection, the fundamentally perfect bright wonder? If there is a reason, then how can you say it is false?

佛言。妙觉明圆。本圆明妙。既称为妄。云何有因。若有所因。云

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何名妄。

“All your own false thinking becomes in turn the cause for more. From confusion you accumulate confusion through kalpa after kalpa; although the Buddha is aware of it, he cannot counteract it.

自诸妄想辗转相因。从迷积迷以历尘劫。虽佛发明。犹不能返。

“From such confused causes, the cause of confusion perpetuates itself. When one realizes that confusion has no cause, the falseness becomes baseless. Since it never arose, why would you hope for its extinction? One who obtains Bodhi is like a person who awakens to realize the events of a dream; even though his mind is awake and clear, he cannot get hold of the things in the dream and physically display them.

如是迷因。因迷自有。识迷无因。妄无所依。尚无有生。欲何为灭。得菩提者。如寤时人。说梦中事。心纵精明。欲何因缘取梦中物。

“How much the more is that the case with some thing which is without a cause and basically non-existent, such as Yajnadatta’s situation that day in the city? Was there any reason why he became fearful for his head and went running about? If his madness were suddenly to cease, it would not be that he had obtained his head from someplace outside; and so before his madness ceases, how can his head have been lost?

况复无因本无所有。如彼城中演若达多。岂有因缘自怖头走。忽然狂歇。头非外得。纵未歇狂。亦何遗失。

“Purna, falseness is the same way. How can it exist?

富楼那。妄性如是。因何为在。

“All you need do is not follow discriminations, because none of the three causes arises when the three conditions of the three continuities of the world, living beings, and karmic retribution are cut off.

汝但不随分别。世间业果众生三种相续。三缘断故。三因不生。

“Then the madness of the Yajnadatta in your mind will cease of itself, and just that ceasing is Bodhi. The supreme, pure, bright mind originally pervades the Dharma Realm. It is not something obtained from anyone

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else. Why, then, labor and toil with marrow and joint to cultivate and be certified?

则汝心中演若达多狂性自歇。歇即菩提。胜净明心。本周法界。不从人得。何藉劬劳肯綮修证。

“This is to be like the person who has a wish fulfilling pearl sewn in his clothing without realizing it. Thus he roams abroad in a state of poverty, begging for food and always on the move. Although he is indeed destitute, the pearl is never lost.

譬如有人于自衣中系如意珠。不自觉知。穷露他方。乞食驰走。虽实贫穷。珠不曾失。

“Suddenly, a wise person shows him the pearl: all his wishes are fulfilled, he obtains great wealth, and he realizes that the pearl did not come from somewhere outside.”

忽有智者指示其珠。所愿从心。致大饶富。方悟神珠非从外得。

Ananda then bowed at the Buddha’s feet, arose in the Great Assembly, and said to the Buddha, “The World Honored One now explains that when the three conditions of the karma of killing, stealing, and lust are cut off, the three causes for them do not arise. Then the madness of Yajnadatta in the mind ceases of itself, and just that ceasing is Bodhi. It is not something obtained from anyone else.

实时阿难在大众中。顶礼佛足。起立白佛。世尊现说杀盗淫业。三缘断故。三因不生。心中达多狂性自歇。歇即菩提。不从人得。

“These clearly are causes and conditions; why, then, does the Thus Come One abruptly reject causes and conditions?

斯则因缘皎然明白。云何如来顿弃因缘。

“It was through causes and conditions that my mind became enlightened, World Honored One, and that is not only true of us who are young in years, of us Sound-Hearers who still have to study. Mahamaudgalyayana, Shariputra, and Subhuti, who are now in this assembly and who followed the elder Brahmans, became enlightened and obtained the state of no outflows upon hearing the Buddha expound

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upon causes and conditions.

我从因缘心得开悟。世尊。此义何独我等年少有学声闻。今此会中大目犍连及舍利弗须菩提等。从老梵志闻佛因缘。发心开悟得成无漏。

“Now you say that Bodhi does not come from causes and conditions. So the spontaneity that Maskari Goshaliputra and others advocated in Rajagriha then becomes the primary meaning! I only hope you will let fall great compassion and break through my confusion.”

今说菩提不从因缘。则王舍城拘舍梨等。所说自然成第一义。惟垂大悲。开发迷闷。

The Buddha said to Ananda, “Let us take the case of Yajnadatta in the city: if the causes and conditions of his madness cease, the nature that is not mad will spontaneously come forth. The entire principle of spontaneity and causes and conditions is nothing more than that.

佛告阿难。即如城中演若达多。狂性因缘。若得灭除。则不狂性自然而出。因缘自然。理穷于是。

“Ananda, Yajnadatta’s head was spontaneously there, it was a spontaneous part of him. There was never a time when it was not. Why, then, did he suddenly fear that he had no head and start running about madly?

阿难。演若达多。头本自然。本自其然。无然非自。何因缘故。怖头狂走。

“If he naturally had a head and went mad due to causes and conditions, would it not be just as natural for him to lose his head due to causes and conditions?

若自然头因缘故狂。何不自然因缘故失。

“Basically his head was not lost. The madness and fear arose from falseness. There was never any change that took place. Why, then, labor the point about causes and conditions?

本头不失。狂怖妄出。曾无变易。何藉因缘。

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“If the madness were spontaneous, the madness and fear would be fundamental. Before he went mad, then, where was his madness hidden?

本狂自然。本有狂怖。未狂之际。狂何所潜。

“If the madness were not spontaneous, and his head were in fact not lost, why did he run about in a state of madness?

不狂自然。头本无妄。何为狂走。

“If you realize that you have a head and recognize the madness of your pursuit, then both spontaneity and causes and conditions become idle theories. That is why I say that the three conditions’ ceasing to be is itself the Bodhi mind.

若悟本头。识知狂走。因缘自然。俱为戏论。是故我言。三缘断故。即菩提心。

“The Bodhi mind’s being produced and the mind subject to production and extinction’s being extinguished is simply production and extinction.

菩提心生。生灭心灭。此但生灭。

“The ending of both production and extinction is the effortless Way. If there is spontaneity, then clearly it must be that the thought of spontaneity arises and the mind subject to production and extinction ceases: that, then, is still production and extinction.

灭生俱尽。无功用道。若有自然。如是则明。自然心生。生灭心灭。此亦生灭。

“To call the lack of production and extinction spontaneity is the same as to say that the single substance formed by the combination of all mundane appearances is a mixed and united essence, and that whatever is not mixed and united is basically spontaneous in nature.

无生灭者。名为自然。犹如世间诸相杂和。成一体者。名和合性。非和合者。称本然性。

“When spontaneity is devoid of spontaneity, and mixing and uniting are devoid of their unifying quality, so that spontaneity and unity alike are

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abandoned, and both the abandonment of them and their existence cease to be – that is no idle theory.

本然非然。和合非合。合然俱离。离合俱非。此句方名无戏论法。

“Bodhi and Nirvana are still so far away that you must undoubtedly pass through kalpas of bitterness and diligence before you cultivate them and are certified.

菩提涅盘尚在遥远。非汝历劫辛勤修证。

“You can hold in memory the twelve divisions of the sutras spoken by the Buddhas of the ten directions and their pure, wonderful principles as many as the sands of the River Ganges, but it only aids your idle theorizing.

虽复忆持十方如来十二部经。清净妙理如恒河沙。祗益戏论。

“You can discuss causes and conditions and spontaneity and understand them perfectly clearly, and people in the world refer to you as the one foremost in learning. You have spent aeons upon aeons saturating yourself with learning, yet you could not avoid the difficulty of Matangi.

汝虽谈说因缘自然决定明了。人间称汝多闻第一。以此积劫多闻熏习。不能免离摩登伽难。

“Why did you have to wait for me to use the spiritual mantra of the Buddha’s summit? The fire of lust in Matangi’s daughter’s heart died instantly, and she attained the position of an Anagamin. Now she is one of a vigorous group in my dharma assembly. The river of love dried up in her, and she was able to set you free.

何须待我佛顶神咒。摩登伽心淫火顿歇。得阿那含。于我法中。成精进林。爱河干枯。令汝解脱。

“Therefore, Ananda, your ability to keep in mind the Thus Come One’s wonderful secret teachings of aeon after aeon is not as good as a single day of no-outflow cultivation that is intent upon getting far away from the two worldly sufferings of love and hate.

是故阿难。汝虽历劫忆持如来秘密妙严。不如一日修无漏业。远离

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世间憎爱二苦。

“In Matangi’s daughter, a former prostitute, love and desire were dispelled by the spiritual power of the mantra. Now her name in dharma is Bhikshuni ‘Nature.’

如摩登伽宿为淫女。由神咒力销其爱欲。法中今名性比丘尼。

“She and Rahula’s mother, Yashodhara both became aware of their past causes and knew that for many kalpas they had endured the suffering of greed and love. Because they single-mindedly became permeated with the cultivation of the goodness of no outflows, they were both freed from their bonds and received predictions. Why, then, do you cheat yourself and still remain caught up in looking and listening?”

与罗侯母耶输陀罗同悟宿因。知历世因贪爱为苦。一念熏修无漏善故。或得出缠。或蒙授记。如何自欺。尚留观听。

When Ananda and the Great Assembly heard the Buddha’s instruction, their doubts and delusion were dispelled. Their minds awakened to the actual appearance, they experienced “Light ease” both physically and mentally, and they obtained what they had never had before.

阿难及诸大众。闻佛示诲。疑惑销除。心悟实相。身意轻安。得未曾有。

Once again he wept, bowed at the Buddha’s feet, knelt on both knees, placed his palms together, and said to the Buddha, “The Unsurpassed, Great, Compassionate, Pure, and Precious King has instructed me well, so that, by means of these various causes and conditions, expedients, and encouragements, all of us who were immersed in the sea of suffering have escaped it.

重复悲泪。顶礼佛足。长跪合掌而白佛言。无上大悲清净宝王。善开我心。能以如是种种因缘。方便提奖。引诸沉冥出于苦海。

“World Honored One, having heard the sound of dharma like this, I know that the Treasury of the Thus Come One, the wonderful, enlightened, bright mind, pervades the ten directions and includes the Thus Come One, the lands of the ten directions, and the pure, precious

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adornments of the land of the Wonderfully Enlightened King.

世尊。我今虽承如是法音。知如来藏妙觉明心遍十方界。含育如来十方国土。清净宝严妙觉王刹。

“Yet, the Thus Come One once again admonishes that erudition is of no merit and is not as good as cultivation.

如来复责多闻无功。不逮修习。

“So now I am like a wanderer who suddenly encounters a reigning king who bestows upon him an elegant house. He has obtained a mansion, but there needs to be a door in order for him to enter it.

我今犹如旅泊之人。忽蒙天王赐与华屋。虽获大宅。要因门入。

“I only hope the Thus Come One will not withhold his great compassion in instructing those of us in the assembly who are covered over by darkness, so that we may renounce the small vehicle and attain at last the Thus Come One’s Nirvana without residue, the fundamental path of resolve, and that he will enable those who still must study to know now how to subdue the age-old seeking of advantage from conditions, to obtain Dharani, and to enter into the knowledge and vision of the Buddha.”

惟愿如来不舍大悲。示我在会诸蒙暗者。捐舍小乘。毕获如来无余涅盘本发心路。令有学者。从何摄伏畴昔攀缘。得陀罗尼。入佛知见。

Having said this, he made a full prostration, and together with the members of the assembly, he single-mindedly awaited the Buddha’s compassionate instruction.

作是语已。五体投地。在会一心。伫佛慈旨。

The World Honored One then took pity on the Sound-Hearers and the Condition-Enlightened Ones in the assembly – all those who were not yet at ease with the Bodhi mind – and on all living beings to come after the Buddha’s extinction during the Dharma-ending Age. He revealed the wonderful path of cultivation of the unsurpassed vehicle.

尔时世尊。哀愍会中缘觉声闻。于菩提心未自在者。及为当来佛灭度

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后。末法众生发菩提心。开无上乘妙修行路。

He proclaimed to Ananda and to the Great Assembly, “If you want to have decisive resolve for Bodhi and not grow weary of the Wonderful Samadhi of the Buddha, the Thus Come One, you must first understand the two resolutions regarding initial resolve for enlightenment. What are the two resolutions regarding initial resolve for enlightenment?

宣示阿难及诸大众。汝等决定发菩提心。于佛如来妙三摩提。不生疲倦。应当先明发觉初心二决定义。云何初心二义决定。

“Ananda, the first resolution is this: if you wish to renounce the position of Sound-Hearer and cultivate the Bodhisattva Vehicle, and to enter the knowledge and vision of the Buddha, you must carefully consider whether the resolve on the cause ground and the enlightenment on the ground of fruition are the same or different.

阿难。第一义者。汝等若欲捐舍声闻。修菩萨乘入佛知见。应当审观因地发心。与果地觉为同为异。

“Ananda, it is impossible while on the cause-ground to use the mind subject to production and extinction as the basis for cultivating in quest of the Buddha vehicle, which is neither produced nor extinguished.

阿难。若于因地以生灭心为本修因。而求佛乘不生不灭。无有是处。

“For this reason, you should realize that all existing dharmas in the material world will decay and disappear. Ananda, contemplate the world: what thing is there that will not waste away?

以是义故。汝当照明诸器世间可作之法。皆从变灭。阿难。汝观世间可作之法。谁为不坏。

“But, has anyone ever heard of the disintegration of the void? Why not? It is because the void does not exist, and so it can never be destroyed.

然终不闻烂坏虚空。何以故。空非可作。由是始终无坏灭故。

“While you are in your body, what is solid is of earth, what is moist is of water, what is warm is of fire, and what moves is of wind. Because of

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these four bonds, your tranquil and perfect, wonderfully enlightened bright mind divides into seeing, hearing, sensation, and cognition. From beginning to end there are the five layers of turbidity.

则汝身中。坚相为地。润湿为水。暖触为火。动摇为风。由此四缠。分汝湛圆妙觉明心。为视为听为觉为察。从始入终。五迭浑浊。

“What is meant by ‘turbidity?’ Ananda, pure water, for instance, is fundamentally clear and clean, whereas dust, dirt, ashes, silt, and the like, are basically solid substances. Such are the properties of the two; their natures are not compatible. Suppose, then, that an ordinary person takes some dirt and tosses it into the pure water. The dirt loses its solid quality and the water is deprived of its transparency. The cloudiness which results is called ‘turbidity.’ Your five layers of turbidity are similar to it.

云何为浊。阿难。譬如清水。清洁本然。即彼尘土灰沙之伦。本质留碍。二体法尔。性不相循。有世间人。取彼土尘。投于净水。土失留碍。水亡清洁。容貌汩然。名之为浊。汝浊五重。亦复如是。

“Ananda, you see that emptiness pervades the ten directions. There is no division between emptiness and seeing. However, although emptiness has no substance and your seeing has no awareness, the two become entangled in a falseness. This is the first layer, called the turbidity of time.

阿难。汝见虚空遍十方界。空见不分。有空无体。有见无觉。相织妄成。是第一重。名为劫浊。

“Your body appears in full, with the four elements composing its substance, and from this, seeing, hearing, sensation, and cognition become firmly defined. Water, fire, wind, and earth fluctuate between sensation and cognition and become entangled in a falseness. This is the second layer, called the turbidity of views.

汝身现抟四大为体。见闻觉知。壅令留碍。水火风土。旋令觉知。相织妄成。是第二重。名为见浊。

“Further, the functions of memory, discrimination, and verbal comprehension in your mind bring into being knowledge and views. From out of them appear the six defiling objects. Apart from the defiling

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objects there are no appearances. Apart from cognition they have no nature. But they become entangled in a falseness. This is the third layer, called the turbidity of afflictions.

又汝心中忆识通习。性发知见。容现六尘。离尘无相。离觉无性。相织妄成。是第三重。名烦恼浊。

“And then day and night there is endless production and extinction as your knowledge and views continually wish to remain in the world, while your karmic patterns constantly move you to various places. This entanglement becomes a falseness, which is the fourth layer, called the turbidity of living beings.

又汝朝夕生灭不停。知见每欲留于世间业运每常迁于国土。相织妄成。是第四重。名众生浊。

“Originally, your seeing and hearing were not different natures, but a multitude of defiling objects has divided them until suddenly they became different. Their natures have a mutual awareness, but their functions are in opposition. Sameness and difference arise and they lose their identity. This entanglement becomes a falseness, which is the fifth layer, called the turbidity of a lifespan.

汝等见闻元无异性。众尘隔越。无状异生。性中相知。用中相背。同异失准。相织妄成。是第五重。名为命浊。

“Ananda, you now want to cause your seeing, hearing, sensation, and cognition to return to and tally with the permanence, bliss, true self, and purity of the Thus Come One.

阿难。汝今欲令见闻觉知。远契如来常乐我净。

“You should first decide what the basis of birth and death is by relying on the perfect, tranquil nature which is neither produced nor extinguished.

应当先择死生根本。依不生灭圆湛性成。

“By means of this tranquility, turn the empty and false production and extinction so that they are subdued and return to the source of enlightenment. The attainment of this source of bright enlightenment,

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which is neither produced nor extinguished, is the mind on the cause-ground.

以湛旋其虚妄灭生。伏还元觉。得元明觉无生灭性为因地心。

“Then you can completely accomplish the cultivation of and certification to the ground of fruition.

然后圆成果地修证。

“It is like purifying muddy water by placing it in a quiet vessel which is kept completely still and unmoving. The sand and silt settle, and the pure water appears. This is called the initial subduing of the guest-dust affliction.

如澄浊水。贮于静器。静深不动。沙土自沈。清水现前。名为初伏客尘烦恼。

“The complete removal of the mud from the water is called the eternal severance of fundamental ignorance.

去泥纯水。名为永断根本无明。

“When clarity is pure to its essence, then no matter what happens there is no affliction. Everything is in accord with the pure and wonderful virtues of Nirvana.

明相精纯。一切变现。不为烦恼。皆合涅盘清净妙德。

“The second resolution is this: if you definitely wish to bring forth the resolve for Bodhi and to be especially courageous and dedicated in your cultivation of the Bodhisattva Vehicle, you must decisively renounce all conditioned appearances.

第二义者。汝等必欲发菩提心。于菩萨乘生大勇猛。决定弃捐诸有为相。

“You should carefully consider the origin of affliction and the beginningless creation of karma and perpetuation of rebirth – who creates it and who endures it?

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应当审详烦恼根本。此无始来发业润生谁作谁受。

“Ananda, if in your cultivation of Bodhi you do not carefully consider the origin of affliction, you cannot realize the empty falseness of the sense-organs and sense-objects or the location of delusion. If you don’t even know its location, how can you subdue it and reach the level of the Thus Come One?

阿难。汝修菩提。若不审观烦恼根本。则不能知虚妄根尘何处颠倒。处尚不知。云何降伏取如来位。

“Ananda, consider the ordinary person who wants to untie a knot. If he can’t see where the knot is, how can he untie it?

阿难。汝观世间解结之人。不见所结。云何知解。

“But I have never heard that one can obliterate empty space. Why? It is because emptiness has no form or appearance; therefore there are no knots to untie.

不闻虚空被汝隳裂。何以故。空无形相。无结解故。

“But now your visible eyes, ears, nose and tongue, as well as your body and mind, are like six thieving matchmakers who plunder the jewels of your household.

则汝现前眼耳鼻舌。及与身心。六为贼媒。自劫家宝。

“And, thus, from beginningless time living beings and the world have been bound up together, so that the material world cannot be transcended.

由此无始众生世界。生缠缚故。于器世间不能超越。

“Ananda, what is meant by the time and space of living beings? ‘Time’ refers to change and flow; ‘space’ refers to location.

阿难。云何名为众生世界。世为迁流。界为方位。

“You should know by now that north, east, south, west, northeast, northwest, southeast, southwest, above and below are space. Past,

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present, and future are periods of time. There are ten directions in space and three periods of time.

汝今当知东、西、南、北、东南、西南、东北、西北、上、下为界。过去、未来、现在为世。方位有十。流数有三。

“All living beings come into being because of false interaction. Their bodies go through changes and they are caught up in time and space.

一切众生织妄相成。身中贸迁。世界相涉。

“However, although there are ten directions in space, those known in the world as north, south, east, and west are the only ones that can be clearly fixed. Above and below have no position; the intermediates have no definite direction. Determined clearly to be four in number, they are then combined with the three periods of time. Three times four, or, alternately, four times three, make twelve.

而此界性。设虽十方。定位可明。世间只目东西南北。上下无位。中无定方。四数必明。与世相涉。三四四三。宛转十二。

“Increase it three times: itself multiplied by ten and again by ten, to reach the thousands: one thousand two hundred is the greatest possible efficacy of the six organs.

流变三迭。一十百千。总括始终。六根之中。各各功德有千二百。

“Ananda, you can thereby establish their value. For example, the eyes see darkness behind and light in front. The front is totally light; the back is totally dark. With your peripheral vision included, you can see two thirds around at most. Therefore, its capacity can be expressed as an efficacy which is not complete. One third of its efficacy is without virtue. Know, then, that the eyes have an efficacy of only eight hundred.

阿难。汝复于中。克定优劣。如眼观见。后暗前明。前方全明。后方全暗。左右旁观三分之二。统论所作。功德不全。三分言功。一分无德。当知眼唯八百功德。

“For example, the ears hear everywhere in the ten directions, without loss. They hear movements, whether far or near, and stillness without bounds. Know, then, that the organ of hearing is complete with an

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efficacy of twelve hundred.

如耳周听。十方无遗。动若迩遥。静无边际。当知耳根圆满一千二百功德。

“For example, the nose smells odors with each inhalation and exhalation of the breath. It is deficient at the point between the inhalation and exhalation. The organ of smell can be considered to be deficient by one third. Know, then, that the nose has an efficacy of only eight hundred.

如鼻嗅闻。通出入息。有出有入。而阙中交。验于鼻根。三分阙一。当知鼻唯八百功德。

“For example, the tongue can proclaim the entirety of worldly and transcendental wisdom. Although language varies according to locality, the principles go beyond boundaries of any kind. Know, then, that the organ of the tongue is complete with an efficacy of twelve hundred.

如舌宣扬。尽诸世间出世间智。言有方分。理无穷尽。当知舌根圆满一千二百功德。

“For example, the body is aware of touch, registering it as pain or pleasure. When it makes contact, it is aware of the thing touched; when in isolation, it has no tactile knowledge of other things. Isolation has a single and contact has a dual aspect. The organ of the body can be considered as deficient by one third. Know, then, that the body has an efficacy of only eight hundred.

如身觉触。识于违顺。合时能觉。离中不知。离一合双。验于身根。三分阙一。当知身唯八百功德。

“For example, the mind silently includes all worldly and transcendental dharmas of the ten directions and the three periods of time. Regardless of whether it be sagely or ordinary, everything is included in its boundlessness. Know, then, that the organ of the mind is complete with an efficacy of twelve hundred.

如意默容。十方三世一切世间出世间法。唯圣与凡。无不包容。尽其涯际。当知意根圆满一千二百功德。

“Ananda, now you wish to oppose the flow of desire that leads to birth

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and death. You should turn back the flow of the organs to reach a state of neither production nor extinction.

阿难。汝今欲逆生死欲流。返穷流根。至不生灭。

“You should investigate all of these six functioning organs to see which are uniting, which are isolated, which are deep, which are shallow, which will penetrate perfectly, and which are not perfect.

当验此等六受用根。谁合谁离。谁深谁浅。谁为圆通。谁不圆满。

“Once you have awakened to the organ which penetrates perfectly, you should thereupon reverse the flow of its beginningless involvement in false karma. Then you will know the difference between one that penetrates perfectly and one that does not. Then a day and an aeon will be one and the same.

若能于此悟圆通根。逆彼无始织妄业流。得循圆通。与不圆根。日劫相倍。

“I have now revealed to you the fundamental efficacy of the tranquil perfect brightness of these six. This is what the numbers are; it is up to you to select which one to enter. I will explain more to aid your progress in it.

我今备显六湛圆明。本所功德。数量如是。随汝详择其可入者。吾当发明。令汝增进。

“The Thus Come Ones of the ten directions cultivated by means of all of the eighteen realms and obtained perfect, unsurpassed Bodhi. All of them were generally adequate.

十方如来。于十八界一一修行。皆得圆满无上菩提。于其中间。亦无优劣。

“But you are at an inferior level and are not yet able to perfect comfortable wisdom among them. Therefore, I shall give you an explanation, so that you will be able to enter deeply into one door.

但汝下劣。未能于中圆自在慧。故我宣扬。令汝但于一门深入。

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“Enter one without falseness, and the six sense organs will be simultaneously pure.”

入一无妄。彼六知根。一时清净。

Ananda said to the Buddha, “World Honored One, how do we oppose the flow, enter deeply into one door, and cause the six organs to simultaneously become pure?”

阿难白佛言。世尊。云何逆流深入一门。能令六根一时清净。

The Buddha told Ananda, “You have already obtained the fruition of a Shrotaapanna. You have already extinguished the view-delusions of living beings in the three realms, but you do not yet know that your organs have accumulated habits that are without beginning. It is through cultivation that one severs not simply these habits, but also their numerous subtleties as they pass through arisal, dwelling, change, and extinction.

佛告阿难。汝今已得须陀洹果。已灭三界众生世间见所断惑。然犹未知根中积生无始虚习。彼习要因修所断得。何况此中生住异灭。分剂头数。

“You should now contemplate the six organs further: are they one or six? If you say they are one, Ananda, why can’t the ears see? Why can’t the eyes hear? Why can’t the head walk? Why can’t the feet talk?

今汝且观现前六根。为一为六。阿难。若言一者。耳何不见。目何不闻。头奚不履。足奚无语。

“If the six organs are definitely six, then as I now explain this subtle, wonderful dharma-door for you in this assembly, which of your six organs is receiving it?”

若此六根决定成六。如我今会。与汝宣扬微妙法门。汝之六根。谁来领受。

Ananda said, “I hear it with my ears.”

阿难言。我用耳闻。

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The Buddha said, “Your ears hear by themselves, what, then, does it have to do with your body and mouth? And yet you ask about the principles with your mouth, and your body displays veneration.

佛言。汝耳自闻。何关身口。口来问义。身起钦承。

“Therefore, you should know that if they are not one, then they must be six. And if they are not six, they must be one. But you can’t say that your organs are basically one and six.

是故应知非一终六。非六终一。终不汝根元一元六。

“Ananda, you should know that these organs are neither one nor six. It is from being upside-down and sinking into involvements throughout time without beginning that the theory of one and six has become established. As a Shrotaapanna, you have dissolved the six, but you still have not done away with the one.

阿难当知。是根非一非六。由无始来颠倒沦替。故于圆湛一六义生。汝须陀洹。虽得六销。犹未亡一。

“It is like emptiness fitting into differently shaped vessels. The emptiness is said to be whatever shape the vessel is. But if you get rid of the vessel and look at the emptiness, you will say it is one and the same.

如太虚空参合群器。由器形异。名之异空。除器观空。说空为一。

“But how can that emptiness become alike and different at your convenience? Even less can it be one or not one.

彼太虚空。云何为汝成同不同。何况更名是一非一。

“Therefore, you should understand that the six receptive functioning organs should be the same way.

则汝了知六受用根。亦复如是。

“Seeing occurs because the two appearances of darkness and light, and their like, firmly adhere to quietude in what originally was wonderful perfection. The essence of seeing reflects form and combines with form to become an organ. In its pure state the organ of the eye is the four elements. And yet it takes the name ‘eye-organ’ and is shaped like a

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grape. Of the superficial sense-organs and the four defiling objects, this one races out after form.

由明暗等二种相形。于妙圆中黏湛发见。见精映色。结色成根。根元目为清净四大。因名眼体。如蒲萄朵。浮根四尘。流逸奔色。

“Hearing occurs because the two reverberations of movement and stillness, and their like, firmly adhere to quietude in what originally was wonderful perfection. The essence of hearing reflects sound and resounds with sound to become the organ of the ear. In its pure state, the organ of the ear is the four elements. It takes the name ‘ear organ’ and is shaped like a fresh, curled leaf. Of the superficial sense-organs and the four defiling objects, this one is loosed upon sound.

由动静等二种相击。于妙圆中黏湛发听。听精映声。卷声成根。根元目为清净四大。因名耳体。如新卷叶。浮根四尘。流逸奔声。

“Smelling occurs because the two appearances of penetration and obstruction, and their like, firmly adhere to quietude in what originally was wonderful perfection. The essence of smelling reflects scents and takes in scents to become the organ of the nose. In its pure state, the organ of the nose is the four elements. It takes the name ‘nose-organ’ and is shaped like a double hanging claw. Of the superficial sense-organs and the four defiling objects, this one probes out after scents.

由通塞等二种相发。于妙圆中黏湛发嗅。嗅精映香。纳香成根。根元目为清净四大。因名鼻体。如双垂爪。浮根四尘。流逸奔香。

“Tasting occurs because the two blends of blandness and variety, and their like, firmly adhere to quietude in what originally was wonderful perfection. The essence of tasting reflects flavors and becomes entwined with flavors to become the organ of the tongue. In its pure state the organ of the tongue is the four elements. It takes the name ‘tongue-organ’ and is shaped like the crescent moon. Of the superficial sense organs and the four defiling objects, this one pursues flavors.

由恬变等二种相参。于妙圆中黏湛发尝。尝精映味。绞味成根。根元目为清净四大。因名舌体。如初偃月。浮根四尘。流逸奔味。

“Sensation occurs because the two frictions of separation and union, and their like, firmly adhere to quietude in what originally was wonderful

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perfection. The essence of sensation reflects contact and seizes upon contact to become the organ of the body. In its pure state, the organ of the body is the four elements. It takes the name ‘body-organ’ and is shaped like a tabla. Of the superficial organs and the four defiling objects, this one is compelled by contact.

由离合等二种相摩。于妙圆中黏湛发觉。觉精映触。抟触成根。根元目为清净四大。因名身体。如腰鼓颡。浮根四尘。流逸奔触。

“Knowing occurs because the two continuities of production and extinction, and their like, firmly adhere to quietude in what originally was wonderful perfection. The essence of knowing reflects dharmas and grasps dharmas to become the organ of the mind. In its pure state, the organ of the mind is the four elements. It takes the name ‘Mental Cognition’ and resembles seeing in a dark room. Of the superficial sense-organs and their four defiling objects, this one chases after dharmas.

由生灭等二种相续。于妙圆中黏湛发知。知精映法。揽法成根。根元目为清净四大。因名意思。如幽室见。浮根四尘。流逸奔法。

“Ananda, in this way the six organs occur, because that bright enlightenment has a brightness added to it. Thus they lose their essence and adhere to falseness and create light.

阿难。如是六根。由彼觉明。有明明觉。失彼精了。黏妄发光。

“Therefore, apart from darkness and light there is no substance to seeing for you now; apart from movement and stillness, there, basically, is no disposition of hearing; without penetration and obstruction, the nature of smelling does not arise; in the absence of variety and blandness, tasting does not occur, lacking separation and union, the sensation of contact is fundamentally non-existent; without extinction and production, knowing is put to rest.

是以汝今离暗离明。无有见体。离动离静。元无听质。无通无塞。嗅性不生。非变非恬。尝无所出。不离不合。觉触本无。无灭无生。了知安寄。

“You need only not follow the twelve conditioned appearances of movement and stillness, union and separation, blandness and variety, penetration and obstruction, production and extinction, and brightness

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and darkness.

汝但不循动静、合离、恬变、通塞、生灭、明暗。如是十二诸有为相。

“Accordingly, extract one organ from adhesion, free it, and subdue it at its inner core. Once subdued, it will return to inherent truth and radiate its innate brilliance. When that brilliance shines forth, the remaining five adhesions will be freed to accomplish total liberation.

随拔一根。脱黏内伏。伏归元真。发本明耀。耀性发明。诸余五黏。应拔圆脱。

“Do not follow the knowing and seeing that arise from the objects before you. True brightness does not comply with the sense-organs. Yet, lodged at the organs is the revelation of the brightness that permits the mutual functioning of the six organs.

不由前尘所起知见。明不循根。寄根明发。由是六根。互相为用。

“Ananda, don’t you know that now in this assembly there is Aniruddha, who is blind and yet can see; the dragon, Upananda, who is deaf and yet can hear; the spirit of the Ganges River, who has no nose and yet smells fragrance; Gavampati, who has an unusual tongue and yet senses flavor; and the spirit, Shunyata, who has no body and yet is aware of contact? In the light of the Thus Come One, this spirit is illumined temporarily as an ethereal essence without any substance. In the same way, there is also Mahakashyapa in this assembly, dwelling in the samadhi of extinction, having obtained the stillness of a Sound-Hearer. He has long since extinguished the mind-organ, and yet he has a perfectly clear knowledge which is not due to the mental process of thinking.

阿难。汝岂不知今此会中。阿那律陀。无目而见。跋难陀龙。无耳而听。殑伽神女。非鼻闻香。骄梵钵提。异舌知味。舜若多神。无身觉触。如来光中。映令暂现。既为风质。其体元无。诸灭尽定。得寂声闻。如此会中摩诃迦叶。久灭意根。圆明了知不因心念。

“Then, Ananda, after all your organs are completely freed, you will glow with an inner light. All the ephemeral, defiling objects and the material world will thereupon change their appearance like ice which is melted by hot liquid. In response to your mind, they will transform and become the

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knowledge and awareness which is unsurpassed enlightenment.

阿难。今汝诸根若圆拔已。内莹发光。如是浮尘及器世间诸变化相。如汤销冰。应念化成无上知觉。

“Ananda, it is like an ordinary person who has confined seeing to his eyes. If you suddenly have him close his eyes, he will see darkness before him. The six organs and his head and feet will be enveloped in total darkness. If the person traces the shape of external things with his hands, then even though he cannot see, he will recognize someone’s head and feet if he feels them. This knowledge and awareness are the same way.

阿难。如彼世人聚见于眼。若令急合。暗相现前。六根黯然。头足相类。彼人以手循体外绕。彼虽不见。头足一辨。知觉是同。

“If light is the condition requisite for seeing, then darkness brings the absence of seeing. But to perceive without light means that no dark manifestation can obscure the seeing.

缘见因明。暗成无见。不明自发。则诸暗相永不能昏。

“Once the organs and objects are eradicated, how can the enlightened brightness not become perfect and wonderful?”

根尘既销。云何觉明不成圆妙。

Ananda said to the Buddha, “World Honored One, as the Buddha has said, ‘The resolve for enlightenment on the cause-ground which seeks the eternal must be in mutual accord with the ground of fruition.’

阿难白佛言。世尊。如佛说言。因地觉心。欲求常住。要与果位名目相应。

“World Honored One, the ground of fruition is Bodhi; Nirvana; true suchness; the Buddha-nature; the Amala-Consciousness; the Empty Treasury of the Thus Come One; the great, Perfect Mirror-Wisdom. But although it is called by these seven names, it is pure and perfect, its substance is durable, like royal vajra, everlasting and indestructible.

世尊。如果位中。菩提、涅盘、真如、佛性、庵摩罗识。空如来藏。大圆镜智。是七种名。称谓虽别。清净圆满。体性坚凝。如金刚

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王。常住不坏。

“If the seeing and hearing are apart from light and darkness, movement and stillness, and penetration and obstruction and are ultimately devoid of substance, they are then like thoughts apart from sense-objects: they do not exist at all.

若此见听。离于明暗、动静、通塞。毕竟无体。犹如念心。离于前尘。本无所有。

“How can what is ultimately destroyed be a cause by which one cultivates in the hope of obtaining the fruition of the Thus Come One’s sevenfold permanent abode?

云何将此毕竟断灭以为修因。欲获如来七常住果。

“World Honored One, when it is apart from light and darkness, the seeing is ultimately empty, just as when there is no sense-object, the essence of thought is extinguished.

世尊。若离明暗。见毕竟空。如无前尘。念自性灭。

“I go back and forth in circles, minutely searching, and basically there is no such thing as my mind or its objects. Just what should be used to seek the Unsurpassed Enlightenment?

进退循环。微细推求。本无我心及我心所。将谁立因求无上觉。

“The Thus Come One previously said it was a tranquil essence, perfect and eternal. His present contradiction defies belief and is a resort to idle theorizing. How can the Thus Come One’s words be true and actual?

如来先说湛精圆常。违越诚言。终成戏论。云何如来真实语者。

“I only hope the Buddha will let fall his great compassion and will instruct us who do not understand and who are holding on tightly.”

惟垂大慈。开我蒙悕。

The Buddha told Ananda, “You study and learn much, but you have not yet extinguished outflows. In your mind you know only the causes of

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being upside down. But when the true inversion manifests, you really cannot recognize it yet.

佛告阿难。汝学多闻。未尽诸漏。心中徒知颠倒所因。真倒现前。实未能识。

“Lest your sincerity and faith remain insufficient, I will try to make use of an ordinary happening to dispel your doubts.”

恐汝诚心犹未信伏。吾今试将尘俗诸事。当除汝疑。

Then the Thus Come One instructed Rahula to strike the bell once, and he asked Ananda, “Did you hear that?”

实时如来敕罗侯罗击钟一声。问阿难言。汝今闻不。

Ananda and the members of the Great Assembly all said, “We heard it.”

阿难大众。俱言我闻。

The bell ceased to sound, and the Buddha again asked, “Do you hear it now?”

钟歇无声。佛又问言。汝今闻不。

Ananda and the members of the Great Assembly all said, “We do not hear it.”

阿难大众。俱言不闻。

Then Rahula struck the bell once again. The Buddha again asked, “Do you hear it now?”

时罗侯罗又击一声。佛又问言。汝今闻不。

Ananda and the Great Assembly again said, “We hear it.”

阿难大众。又言俱闻。

The Buddha asked Ananda, “What do you hear and what do you not hear?”

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佛问阿难。汝云何闻。云何不闻。

Ananda and the members of the Great Assembly all said to the Buddha, “When the bell is rung, we hear it. Once the sound of the bell ceases, so that even its echo fades away, we do not hear it.”

阿难大众俱白佛言。钟声若击。则我得闻。击久声销。音响双绝。则名无闻。

The Thus Come One again instructed Rahula to strike the bell, and he asked Ananda, “Is there sound now?”

如来又敕罗侯击钟。问阿难言。尔今声不。

Ananda and the members of the Great Assembly all said, “There is a sound.”

阿难大众。俱言有声。

After a short time the sound ceased, and the Buddha again asked, “Is there a sound now?”

少选声销。佛又问言。尔今声不。

Ananda and the Great Assembly answered, “There is no sound.”

阿难大众。答言无声。

After a moment, Rahula again struck the bell, and the Buddha again asked, “Is there sound now?”

有顷罗侯更来撞钟。佛又问言。尔今声不。

Ananda and the Great Assembly said together, “There is sound.”

阿难大众。俱言有声。

The Buddha asked Ananda, “What is meant by ‘sound,’ and what is meant by ‘no sound?’”

佛问阿难。汝云何声。云何无声。

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Ananda and the Great Assembly told the Buddha, “When the bell is struck there is sound. Once the sound ceases and even the echo fades away, there is said to be no sound.”

阿难大众俱白佛言。钟声若击。则名有声。击久声销。音响双绝。则名无声。

The Buddha said to Ananda and the Great Assembly, “Why are you inconsistent in what you say?”

佛语阿难及诸大众。汝今云何自语矫乱。

The Great Assembly and Ananda then asked the Buddha, “In what way have we been inconsistent?”

大众阿难。俱时问佛。我今云何名为矫乱。

The Buddha said, “When I asked you if it was your hearing, you said it was your hearing. Then, when I asked you if it was sound, you said it was sound. I cannot ascertain from your answers if it is hearing or if it is sound. How can you not say this is inconsistent?

佛言。我问汝闻。汝则言闻。又问汝声。汝则言声。唯闻与声。报答无定。如是云何不名矫乱。

“Ananda, when the sound is gone without an echo, you say there is no hearing. If there were really no hearing, the hearing-nature would be extinguished. It would be just like dead wood. If then the bell were sounded again, how would you know?

阿难。声销无响。汝说无闻。若实无闻。闻性已灭。同于枯木。钟声更击。汝云何知。

“What you know to be there or not there is the defiling object of sound. But could the hearing-nature be there or not be there depending on your perception of its being there or not? If the hearing could really not be there, what would perceive that it was not?

知有知无。自是声尘或无或有。岂彼闻性为汝有无。闻实云无。谁知无者。

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“And so, Ananda, the sounds that you hear are what are subject to production and extinction, not your hearing. The arising and cessation of sounds cause your hearing-nature to be as if there or not there.

是故阿难。声于闻中。自有生灭。非为汝闻。声生声灭。令汝闻性。为有为无。

“You are so upside-down that you mistake sound for hearing. No wonder you are so confused that you take what is everlasting for what is annihilated. Ultimately, you cannot say that there is no hearing-nature apart from movement and stillness and from obstruction and penetration.

汝尚颠倒。惑声为闻。何怪昏迷。以常为断。终不应言。离诸动静闭塞开通。说闻无性。

“Consider a person who falls into a deep sleep while napping on his bed. While he is asleep, someone in his household starts beating clothes or pounding rice. In his dream, the person hears the sound of beating and pounding and takes it for something else, perhaps for the striking of a drum or the ringing of a bell. In the dream he wonders why the bell sounds like stone or wood.

如重睡人。眠熟床枕。其家有人。于彼睡时。捣练舂米。其人梦中闻舂捣声。别作他物。或为击鼓。或为撞钟。即于梦时自怪其钟为木石响。

“Suddenly he awakens and immediately recognizes the sound of pounding. He tells the members of his household, ‘I was just having a dream in which I mistook the sound of pounding for the sound of a drum.’

于时忽寤。遄知杵音。自告家人。我正梦时。惑此舂音将为鼓响。

“Ananda, how can this person in the dream-state remember stillness and motion, opening and closing, and penetrability and obstruction? Yet, although he is physically asleep, his hearing-nature is not drowsy.

阿难。是人梦中。岂忆静摇开闭通塞。其形虽寐。闻性不昏。

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could this nature leave you?

纵汝形销。命光迁谢。此性云何为汝销灭。

“But because living beings, from time without beginning, have pursued forms and sounds and have followed their thoughts as they turn and flow, they still are not enlightened to the purity, wonder, and permanence of their nature.

以诸众生从无始来。循诸色声。逐念流转。曾不开悟性净妙常。

“They do not accord with what is eternal, but chase after things which are subject to production and extinction. Because of this they are born again and again and become mixed with defilement as they flow and turn.

不循所常。逐诸生灭。由是生生杂染流转。

“But if they reject production and extinction and uphold true permanence, an everlasting light will appear, and with that, the sense-organs, defiling objects, and consciousnesses will disappear.

若弃生灭。守于真常。常光现前。根尘识心应时销落。

“The appearance of thought becomes defilement; the emotions of the consciousness become filth. If you stay far away from these two, then your dharma eye will accordingly become pure and bright. How could you fail to accomplish unsurpassed knowledge and enlightenment?”

想相为尘。识情为垢。二俱远离。则汝法眼应时清明。云何不成无上知觉。

(End of chapter 4卷四完)

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The Sutra of the Foremost Shurangama at the Great Buddha’s Summit Concerning the Tathagata’s Secret Cause of Cultivation, His Certification to the Complete Meaning and all Bodhisattvas’ Myriad Practices.

Chapter 5

《大佛顶如来密因修证了义诸菩萨万行首楞严经》卷五

Ananda said to the Buddha, “World Honored One, the Thus Come One has explained the two meanings, yet, as I now contemplate people in the world, I believe that if they try to untie a knot and cannot find its center, they will never get the knot undone.

阿难白佛言。世尊。如来虽说第二义门。今观世间解结之人。若不知其所结之元。我信是人终不能解。

“World Honored One, I and all the other Sound Hearers in the Great Assembly who are not beyond study are the same way. From time without beginning we have been accompanied in birth and death by ignorance. We have obtained these good roots of erudition and are said to have left the home life, yet in fact we act like someone with a recurrent fever.

世尊。我及会中有学声闻。亦复如是。从无始际与诸无明。俱灭俱生。虽得如是多闻善根。名为出家。犹隔日疟。

“I only hope that you, the Greatly Compassionate One, will take pity on us. We are sinking and drowning so that to this very day we do not know how our bodies and minds are in knots or how to go about untying them. Your explanation will also enable future living beings who are in suffering and difficulty to avoid the turning wheel and not fall into the three realms of existence.”

惟愿大慈。哀愍沦溺。今日身心。云何是结。从何名解。亦令未来苦难众生。得免轮回。不落三有。

After saying this, he and the entire Great Assembly made full prostrations. He wept profusely, and with sincere anticipation awaited the unsurpassed

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instruction of the Buddha, the Thus Come One.

作是语已。普及大众五体投地。雨泪翘诚。伫佛如来无上开示。

Then the World Honored One took pity on Ananda and on those in the assembly with something left to study, as well as on living beings of the future, in order to help them transcend the world and become eyes for the future.

尔时世尊怜愍阿难。及诸会中诸有学者。亦为未来一切众生。为出世因作将来眼。

He rubbed the crown of Ananda’s head with his Jambunada purple-golden bright hand. Instantaneously all the Buddhalands in the ten directions quaked in six ways.

以阎浮檀紫金光手。摩阿难顶。实时十方普佛世界。六种震动。

Thus Come Ones as numerous as fine motes of dust, each dwelling in his respective world, emitted a precious light from the crown of his head.

微尘如来住世界者。各有宝光从其顶出。

At one and the same time their light went from their own countries to the Jeta Grove and anointed the crown of the Thus Come One’s head. All in that Great Assembly obtained what they had never had before.

其光同时于彼世界。来只陀林。灌如来顶。是诸大众。得未曾有。

Then Ananda and everyone in the Great Assembly heard the Thus Come Ones as numerous as fine motes of dust throughout the ten directions speak to Ananda with different mouths but in a single voice. “Good indeed, Ananda! You wish to recognize your innate ignorance that causes you to turn on the wheel. The origin of the knot of birth and death is simply your six sense-organs and nothing else.

于是阿难及诸大众。俱闻十方微尘如来。异口同音。告阿难言。善哉阿难。汝欲识知俱生无明。使汝轮转生死结根。唯汝六根。更无他物。

“You also want to understand unsurpassed Bodhi, so that you can quickly realize bliss, liberation, tranquility, and wonderful permanence. It, too, is your six sense-organs and nothing else.”

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汝复欲知无上菩提。令汝速证安乐解脱寂静妙常。亦汝六根。更非他物。

Ananda heard these sounds of Dharma, but he did not yet understand in his mind. Bowing his head, he said to the Buddha, “How can what causes me to revolve in the cycle of birth and death and what enables me to gain bliss and wonderful permanence be the six sense-organs in both cases and nothing else?”

阿难虽闻如是法音。心犹未明。稽首白佛。云何令我生死轮回。安乐妙常。同是六根。更非他物。

The Buddha said to Ananda, “The sense-organs and the objects are of the same source. The bonds and the release are not two. The nature of the consciousnesses is empty and false; it is like strange flowers in space.

佛告阿难。根尘同源。缚脱无二。识性虚妄。犹如空华。

“Ananda, sense-awareness arises because of the sense objects: the appearance of objects exists because of the senseorgans. The appearance and the perception, both devoid of a nature, support each other like intertwining reeds.

阿难。由尘发知。因根有相。相见无性。同于交芦。

“Therefore, you now base your knowledge on awareness and perception; but that is fundamental ignorance. The absence of a view regarding awareness and perception is Nirvana – the true purity of no outflows. How could there by anything else in the midst of it?”

是故汝今。知见立知。即无明本。知见无见。斯即涅盘。无漏真净。云何是中更容他物。

Then the World Honored One, wishing to restate this meaning, spoke verses, saying:

尔时世尊。欲重宣此义。而说偈言。

“In the true nature, conditioned things are empty.

They spring from causes, as illusions do.

Things unconditioned neither rise nor cease.

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Unreal they are, like flowers in space.

真性有为空。缘生故如幻。无为无起灭。不实如空华。

“To speak of the false is to reveal the true.

But both the false and the true are false themselves.

If there is neither truth nor untruth,

How can there be perceiver and perceived?

言妄显诸真。妄真同二妄。犹非真非真。云何见所见。

“Between them the two in fact have no nature.

Thus they are likened to entwining reeds.

The knots and their release have a common cause.

The sages’ and ordinary people’s paths are not two.

中间无实性。是故若交芦。结解同所因。圣凡无二路。

“Regard the nature of the intertwined.

Emptiness, existence both are naught.

Dark confusion is simply ignorance;

Bringing it to light is liberation.

汝观交中性。空有二俱非。迷晦即无明。发明便解脱。

“The knots must be untied successively.

When the six are released, even the one ceases to be.

Select an organ preferred for perfect penetration;

Enter the flow and realize proper enlightenment.

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解结因次第。六解一亦亡。根选择圆通。入流成正觉。

“Extremely subtle, the Adana consciousness

Makes patterns of habit that flow on in torrents.

Fearing you will confuse the truth with what is not,

I rarely tell you of all this.

陀那微细识。习气成瀑流。真非真恐迷。我常不开演。

“With your own mind, you grasp at your own mind.

What is not illusory turns into illusion.

If you don’t grasp, there is no non-illusion.

If even non-illusion does not arise,

How can illusory dharmas be established?

自心取自心。非幻成幻法。不取无非幻。非幻尚不生。幻法云何立。

“This is called the Wonderful Lotus Flower,

The Regal Vajra Gem of Enlightenment.

是名妙莲华。金刚王宝觉。

“In this Samapatti that is likened to illusion,

Transcend all study instantly.

如幻三摩提。弹指超无学。

“This Abhidharma, incomparable

Is the single pathway through Nirvana’s gate,

Taken by Bhagavans in all the ten directions.”

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此阿毗达磨。十方薄伽梵。一路涅盘门。

When Ananda and the Great Assembly heard the unsurpassed, compassionate instruction of the Buddha, the Thus Come One, this harmonious and brilliant Geya verse with its clear and penetrating wonderful principles, their hearts and eyes were opened, and they exclaimed that Dharma such as this had never been before.

于是阿难及诸大众。闻佛如来无上慈诲。祇夜伽陀。杂糅精莹。妙理清澈。心目开明。叹未曾有。

Ananda put his palms together, bowed, and said to the Buddha, “Having heard the Buddha’s unbounded, greatly compassionate, pure, everlasting, true and actual expression of dharma,

阿难合掌顶礼白佛。我今闻佛无遮大悲。性净妙常真实法句。

“I still have not understood the sequence for releasing the knots such that when the six are untied, the one is gone also. I only hope you will be compassionate, and once again take pity on this assembly and on those of the future, by bestowing the sounds of Dharma on us and wash and rinse away our heavy defilements.”

心犹未达六解一亡。舒结伦次。惟垂大慈。再愍斯会及与将来。施以法音。洗涤沈垢。

Then, upon the lion’s throne, the Thus Come One straightened his ‘Nirvana robes,’ arranged his samghati, took hold of the table made of the seven gems, reached out onto the table with his hand and picked up a flowered cloth given him by the Suyama God.

实时如来于师子座。整涅盘僧。敛僧伽梨。揽七宝几。引手于几。取劫波罗天所奉华巾。

Then, as the assembly watched, he tied it into a knot and showed it to Ananda, asking, “What is this called?”

于大众前绾成一结。示阿难言。此名何等。

Ananda and the great assembly answered together, “It’s called a knot.”

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阿难大众俱白佛言。此名为结。

Then the Thus Come One tied another knot in the cloth of layered flowers and asked Ananda again, “What is this called?”

于是如来绾迭华巾。又成一结。重问阿难。此名何等。

Ananda and the great assembly once again answered together, “It, too, is called a knot.”

阿难大众。又白佛言。此亦名结。

He continued in this pattern until he had tied six knots in the cloth of layered flowers. As he made each knot, he held it up to Ananda and asked, “What is this called?”

如是伦次绾迭华巾。总成六结。一一结成。皆取手中所成之结。持问阿难。此名何等。

And each time Ananda and the great assembly answered the Buddha in the same way: “It is called a knot.”

阿难大众。亦复如是次第酬佛。此名为结。

The Buddha said to Ananda, “When I first tied the cloth, you called it a knot. Since the cloth of layered flowers is basically a single strip, how can you call the second and third ties knots as well?”

佛告阿难。我初绾巾。汝名为结。此迭华巾。先实一条。第二第三。云何汝曹复名为结。

Ananda said to the Buddha, “World Honored One, this cloth of woven layered flowers is just one piece, but as I consider it, when the Thus Come One makes one tie, it is called a knot. If he were to make a hundred ties, they would be called a hundred knots, how much the more so with this cloth, which has exactly six knots, not seven or five. Why does the Thus Come One allow me to call only the first tie a knot and not the second or third ties?”

阿难白佛言。世尊。此宝迭华缉绩成巾。虽本一体。如我思惟。如来一绾。得一结名。若百绾成。终名百结。何况此巾祗有六结。终不至七。亦不停五。云

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何如来祗许初时。第二第三不名为结。

The Buddha told Ananda, “You know that this precious cloth of flowers is basically one strip, but when I made six ties in it, you said it had six knots. As you carefully consider this, you will see that the substance of the cloth is the same; it is the knots that make the difference.

佛告阿难。此宝华巾。汝知此巾元止一条。我六绾时。名有六结。汝审观察。巾体是同。因结有异。

“What do you think? The first knot I tied was called number one. Continuing until I come to the sixth knot, and as I now tie it, is it also number one?”

于意云何。初绾结成。名为第一。如是乃至第六结生。吾今欲将第六结名成第一不。

“No, World Honored One. If there are six knots, the sixth knot can never be called number one. In all my lives of learning, with all my understanding, how could I now confuse the names of six knots?”

不也。世尊。六结若存。斯第六名。终非第一。纵我历生尽其明辩。如何令是六结乱名。

The Buddha said, “So it is. The six knots are not the same. Consider their origin. They are created from the one cloth. To confuse their order will not do.

佛言。如是。六结不同。循顾本因。一巾所造。令其杂乱。终不得成。

“Your six sense organs are also like this. In the midst or ultimate sameness, conclusive differences arise.”

则汝六根。亦复如是。毕竟同中。生毕竟异。

The Buddha said to Ananda, “You certainly dislike these six knots and would like there to be just one cloth. But how can that be done?”

佛告阿难。汝必嫌此六结不成。愿乐一成。复云何得。

Ananda said, “As long as these knots remain, there will be grounds for argument about what is and what is not. Their very existence will lead to such distinctions as this knot not being that knot and that knot not being this one. But if on this

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day, the Thus Come One unties them all, so that no knots remain, then there will be no ‘this’ and no ‘that.’ There will not even be something called ‘one.’ How much the less can there be six?”

阿难言。此结若存。是非锋起。于中自生此结非彼。彼结非此。如来今日若总解除。结若不生。则无彼此。尚不名一。六云何成。

The Buddha said, “‘When the six are untied, the one is gone’ is the same meaning.

佛言。六解一亡。亦复如是。

“Because from beginningless time your mind and nature have been made wild and rebellious, you have produced false knowledge and views. This falseness continues to arise without respite, and the wearisomeness of these views brings about objective ‘dust.’

由汝无始心性狂乱。知见妄发。发妄不息。劳见发尘。

“It is just like strange flowers appearing when your eyes grow weary of staring. They arise at random without any cause within the tranquil, essential brightness.

如劳目睛。则有狂华。于湛精明。无因乱起。

“Everything in the world – the mountains, the rivers, and the great earth, as well as birth, death, and Nirvana – is all just a strange weariness: the upside-down appearance of flowers.”

一切世间山河大地生死涅盘。皆即狂劳颠倒华相。

Ananda said, “This weariness is the same as the knots. How do we untie them?”

阿难言。此劳同结。云何解除。

The Thus Come One took hold of the knotted cloth and pulled on its left end and asked Ananda, “Is this the way to untie it?”

“No, World Honored One.”

Then with his hand he pulled on the right end and again asked Ananda, “Is this the way to untie it?”

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“No, World Honored One.”

如来以手将所结巾偏掣其左。问阿难言。如是解不。不也。世尊。旋复以手偏牵右边。又问阿难。如是解不。不也。世尊。

The Buddha said to Ananda, “Now I have pulled it to the left and right with my hand and still have not been able to undo them. What method do you propose for untying them?”

佛告阿难。吾今以手左右各牵。竟不能解。汝设方便。云何解成。

Ananda said to the Buddha, “World Honored One, you must untie the knots from their center. Then they will come undone.”

阿难白佛言。世尊。当于结心解即分散。

The Buddha said to Ananda, “So it is, so it is, if you want to get them undone, you have to untie them from the center.

佛告阿难。如是如是。若欲除结。当于结心。

“Ananda, the Buddhadharma I explain arises from causes and conditions. But that is not to grasp at the mixing and uniting of coarse appearances in the world. The Thus Come One understands all worldly and world-transcending dharmas and knows their fundamental causes and what conditions bring them into being.

阿难。我说佛法从因缘生。非取世间和合粗相。如来发明世出世法。知其本因随所缘出。

“This is so to the extent that I know how many drops of rain fall in as many worlds away from here as there are dust motes in the Ganges. The same is true for all the things you can see: why the pine is straight, why the brambles are twisted, why the goose is white, why the crow is black – I understand the reasons.

如是乃至恒沙界外一滴之雨。亦知头数。现前种种松直棘曲鹄白乌玄。皆了元由。

“Therefore, Ananda, you can select whichever one of the six sense-organs you wish. If the knots of the sense-organs are removed, then the defiling appearances disappear of themselves. All falseness ceases to be. If that is not the true, what do

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you expect in addition to it?

是故阿难。随汝心中选择六根。根结若除。尘相自灭。诸妄销亡。不真何待。

“Ananda, I now ask you, can the six knots in the cloth of layered flowers be untied simultaneously and released all at once?”

阿难。吾今问汝。此劫波罗巾六结现前。同时解萦。得同除不。

“No, World Honored One. The knots were originally made one at a time, now they must be untied one at a time. The substance of the six knots is the same, but they were not made simultaneously, and so now when it is time to release them, how can they be untied simultaneously?”

不也。世尊。是结本以次第绾生。今日当须次第而解。六结同体。结不同时。则结解时。云何同除。

The Buddha said, “Releasing the six sense-organs is the same way. When the sense-organ begins to be released, one realizes the emptiness of people first. When the nature of that emptiness is fully understood, then one is released from dharmas. Once one is freed from dharmas, neither kind of emptiness will arise.

佛言。六根解除。亦复如是。此根初解。先得人空。空性圆明。成法解脱。解脱法已。俱空不生。

“This is called the Patience with Non-Production attained by the Bodhisattvas by means of samadhi.”

是名菩萨从三摩地。得无生忍。

Upon receiving the Buddha’s instruction, Ananda and the great assembly gained wisdom and awareness that was perfectly penetrating and free of doubt and delusion.

阿难及诸大众。蒙佛开示。慧觉圆通。得无疑惑。

All at the same time, they placed their palms together, bowed at the Buddha’s feet, and he said to the Buddha, “Today our bodies and minds are illumined, and we are happily free from obstruction.

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一时合掌。顶礼双足。而白佛言。我等今日身心皎然。快得无碍。

“We have understood the meaning of the ending of the six and the one. Still, we have not yet gone through to fundamental, perfect penetration.

虽复悟知一六亡义。然犹未达圆通本根。

“World Honored One, we who have floated and floundered our way through aeon after aeon, homeless and orphaned, had no idea, we never imagined that we could meet with the Buddha in such a close relationship. We are like lost infants who have suddenly found their compassionate mother.

世尊。我辈飘零。积劫孤露。何心何虑。预佛天伦。如失乳儿。忽遇慈母。

“Because of this, we accomplished the way in this assembly. Yet, the secret words which we received are the same as our basic enlightenment, and so it is the same as if we hadn’t even heard them.

若复因此际会道成。所得密言。还同本悟。则与未闻无有差别。

“We only wish the greatly compassionate one will bestow upon us the profound secret as the Thus Come One’s final instruction.” After saying this he prostrated himself, withdrew, and held himself ready for the secret opportunity as he awaited the Buddha’s hidden transmission.

惟垂大悲。惠我秘严。成就如来最后开示。作是语已。五体投地。退藏密机。冀佛冥授。

Then the World Honored One told all those in the assembly who were great Bodhisattvas and great Arhats, their outflows extinguished – “All of you Bodhisattvas and Arhats who are born from within my dharma and have attained the stage beyond study, I now ask you: When you first brought forth your resolve and became enlightened to the eighteen realms, which one of these brought perfect penetration? Through which expedient did you enter samadhi?”

尔时世尊。普告众中诸大菩萨。及诸漏尽大阿罗汉。汝等菩萨及阿罗汉。生我法中。得成无学。吾今问汝。最初发心悟十八界。谁为圆通。从何方便入三摩地。

Kaundinya, with the others of the five Bhikshus, arose from his seat, bowed at the Buddha’s feet, and said to the Buddha, “When I was in the Deer Park and

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the Pheasant Garden, I observed the Thus Come One immediately after his accomplishment of the Way. Upon hearing the Buddha’s voice, I understood the Four Truths.

憍陈那五比丘。即从座起。顶礼佛足。而白佛言。我在鹿苑。及于鸡园。观见如来最初成道。于佛音声。悟明四谛。

“The Buddha asks us Bhikshus to speak. I was the first to understand, and the Thus Come One certified me and named me Ajnata. His wonderful sound was both secret and allpervasive. It was through sound that I became an Arhat.

佛问比丘。我初称解。如来印我名阿若多。妙音密圆。我于音声得阿罗汉。

“The Buddha asks about perfect penetration. As I have been certified to it, sound is the superior means.”

佛问圆通。如我所证。音声为上。

Upanishad arose from his seat, bowed at the Buddha’s feet, and said to the Buddha, “I also saw the Buddha when he first accomplished the way. I learned to contemplate the appearance of impurity until I grew to loathe it and came to understand that the nature of all form is unclean. Bare bones and subtle dust all return to emptiness, and so both emptiness and form are done away with. With this realization, I accomplished the Path Beyond Study.

优波尼沙陀。即从座起。顶礼佛足。而白佛言。我亦观佛最初成道。观不净相。生大厌离。悟诸色性。以从不净白骨微尘。归于虚空。空色二无。成无学道。

“The Thus Come One certified me and named me Upanishad. The object of form came to an end, and wonderful form was both secret and all-pervasive. Thus, it was through the appearance of form that I became an Arhat.

如来印我名尼沙陀。尘色既尽。妙色密圆。我从色相。得阿罗汉。

“The Buddha asks about perfect penetration. As I have been certified to it, form is the superior means.”

佛问圆通。如我所证。色因为上。

The Pure Youth, Adorned with Fragrance, arose from his seat, bowed at the

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Buddha’s feet, and said to the Buddha, “I heard the Thus Come One teach me to contemplate attentively all conditioned appearances.

香严童子。即从座起。顶礼佛足。而白佛言。我闻如来教我谛观诸有为相。

“After I heard the Buddha’s instruction, I sat in repose in the quiet of a pure dwelling. When I saw the bhikshus light sinking incense, the fragrant scent quietly entered my nostrils. I contemplated this fragrance: it did not come from the wood; it did not come from emptiness; it did not come from the smoke, and it did not come from the fire. There was no place it came from and no place it went to. Because of this, my discriminating mind was dispelled, and I attained the absence of outflows.

我时辞佛。宴晦清斋。见诸比丘烧沉水香。香气寂然来入鼻中。我观此气。非木非空。非烟非火。去无所著。来无所从。由是意销。发明无漏。

“The Thus Come One certified me and called me ‘Adorned with Fragrance.’ Defiling scent suddenly vanished, and wonderful fragrance was both secret and all pervasive. It was through the adornment of fragrance that I became an Arhat.

如来印我得香严号。尘气倏灭。妙香密圆。我从香严。得阿罗汉。

“The Buddha asks about perfect penetration. As I have been certified to it, the adornment of fragrance is the superior means.”

佛问圆通。如我所证。香严为上。

The two Dharma-Princes, Physician King and Superior Physician, and five hundred Brahma gods in the assembly arose from their seats, bowed at the Buddha’s feet, and said to the Buddha, “From beginningless kalpas until now, we have been good doctors for the world. In our mouths we have tasted many herbs, wood, metals, and stones of the Saha world, a hundred and eight thousand flavors. We know in detail the bitter, sour, salty, bland, sweet, and pungent flavors, and the like, in all their combinations and inherent changes. We have a thorough knowledge of whether they be cooling or warming, poisonous or non-poisonous.

药王药上二法王子。并在会中五百梵天。即从座起。顶礼佛足。而白佛言。我无始劫。为世良医。口中尝此娑婆世界草木金石。名数凡有十万八千。如是悉知苦酢咸淡甘辛等味。并诸和合俱生变异。是冷是热。有毒无毒。悉能遍知。

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“While serving the Thus Come One we came to know that the nature of flavors is not empty and is not existent, nor is it the body or mind, nor is it apart from body and mind. We became enlightened by discriminating among flavors.

承事如来。了知味性。非空非有。非即身心。非离身心。分别味因。从是开悟。

“The Thus Come One sealed and certified us brothers and named us as Bodhisattvas Physician King and Superior Physician. Now in the assembly we are Dharma Princes who have ascended to the Bodhisattva level because we became enlightened by means of flavors.

蒙佛如来印我昆季。药王药上二菩萨名。今于会中为法王子。因味觉明。位登菩萨。

“The Buddha asks about perfect penetration. As we have been certified to it, the cause of flavors is the superior means.”

佛问圆通。如我所证。味因为上。

Bhadrapala and sixteen awakened lords who were his companions, arose from their seats and bowed at the Buddha’s feet. He said to the Buddha:

跋陀婆罗。并其同伴十六开士。即从座起。顶礼佛足。而白佛言。

“We first heard the dharma and left the home-life under King of Awesome Sound Buddha. Once, when it was time for the Sangha to bathe, I followed the custom and entered the bathhouse. Suddenly I awakened to the fact that water does not wash away the dust, nor does it cleanse the body. At that point, between the two, I became peaceful, and I attained the state of there being nothing at all.

我等先于威音王佛。闻法出家。于浴僧时。随例入室。忽悟水因。既不洗尘。亦不洗体。中间安然。得无所有。

“To this day, I have never forgotten that past experience. Having left home with the Buddha, I have gone beyond study. That Buddha named me Bhadrapala. Wonderful touch was revealed, and I accomplished the position of the Buddha’s disciple.

宿习无忘。乃至今时从佛出家。令得无学。彼佛名我跋陀婆罗。妙触宣明。成

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佛子住。

“The Buddha asks about perfect penetration. As I have been certified to it, touch is the superior means.”

佛问圆通如我所证。触因为上。

Mahakashyapa, Purple-golden Light Bhikshuni, and others arose from their seats, bowed at the Buddha’s feet, and said to the Buddha:

摩诃迦叶。及紫金光比丘尼等。即从座起。顶礼佛足。而白佛言。

“In a past kalpa in this region, I drew near to the Buddha named Sun-Moon-Lamp, who was then in the world. I heard dharma from him and cultivated and studied with him. After that Buddha’s extinction, I made offerings to his sharira and lit lamps to continue his light. Purple-Golden Light gilded the Buddha’s image. From that time on, in life after life, my body has always been perfect and has shone with a purple-golden light. The Bhikshuni, Purple-Golden Light, and others make up my retinue, and we all brought forth the resolve for Bodhi at the same time.

我于往劫。于此界中。有佛出世。名日月灯。我得亲近。闻法修学。佛灭度后。供养舍利。然灯续明。以紫光金涂佛形像。自尔已来。世世生生。身常圆满紫金光聚。此紫金光比丘尼等。即我眷属。同时发心。

“I contemplated that the world’s six sense-objects change and decay; they are but empty stillness. Based on this, I cultivated extinction. Now my body and mind can pass through hundreds of thousands of kalpas as though they were a fingersnap.

我观世间六尘变坏。唯以空寂修于灭尽。身心乃能度百千劫。犹如弹指。

“Based on the emptiness of Dharmas, I accomplished Arhatship. The World Honored One says that I am foremost in Dhuta practices. Wonderful dharma brought me awakening and understanding, and I extinguished all outflows. The Buddha asks about perfect penetration. As I have been certified to it, dharmas are the superior means.”

我以空法成阿罗汉,世尊说我头陀为最,妙法开明,销灭诸漏。佛问圆通,如我所证,法因为上。

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Aniruddha arose from his seat, bowed at the Buddha’s feet, and said to the Buddha, “When I first left home, I was fond of sleeping all the time. The Thus Come One scolded me and said I was no better than an animal. When I heard the Buddha’s scolding, I wept and upbraided myself. For seven days I did not sleep, and I lost the sight in both my eyes.

阿那律陀。即从座起。顶礼佛足。而白佛言。我初出家。常乐睡眠。如来诃我为畜生类。我闻佛诃。啼泣自责。七日不眠。失其双目。

“The World Honored One taught me the Vajra Samadhi of the Delightful Seeing, which illumines and is bright. Although I had no eyes, I could contemplate the ten directions with true and penetrating clarity, just as if I were looking at a piece of fruit in the palm of my hand. The Thus Come One certified me as having attained Arhatship.

世尊示我乐见照明金刚三昧。我不因眼。观见十方。精真洞然。如观掌果。如来印我成阿罗汉。

“The Buddha asks about perfect penetration. As I have been certified to it, returning the seeing back to its source is the foremost method.”

佛问圆通。如我所证。旋见循元。斯为第一。

Kshudrapanthaka arose from his seat, bowed at the Buddha’s feet, and said to the Buddha:

周利盘特迦。即从座起。顶礼佛足。而白佛言。

“I am deficient in the ability to memorize and do not have much innate intelligence. When I first met the Buddha, I heard the dharma and left the home-life. But, when I tried to remember one line of a verse by the Thus Come One, I went through a hundred days remembering the first part and forgetting the last, or remembering the last and forgetting the first.

我阙诵持。无多闻性。最初值佛。闻法出家。忆持如来一句伽陀。于一百日。得前遗后。得后遗前。

“The Buddha took pity on my stupidity and taught me to relax and regulate my breath. I contemplated my breath thoroughly to the subtle point in which arising, dwelling, change, and extinction happen in every kshana.

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佛愍我愚。教我安居调出入息。我时观息。微细穷尽。生住异灭。诸行刹那。

“My mind suddenly attained vast non-obstruction, until my outflows were extinguished and I accomplished Arhatship. Beneath the Buddha’s seat I was sealed and certified as being beyond study.

其心豁然。得大无碍。乃至漏尽成阿罗汉。住佛座下。印成无学。

“The Buddha asks about perfect penetration. As I have been certified to it, turning the breath back to emptiness is the foremost method.”

佛问圆通。如我所证。反息循空。斯为第一。

Gavampati arose from his seat, bowed at the Buddha’s feet, and said to the Buddha, “I have mouth-karma created from a past offense. I slighted a Shramana, and in life after life I’ve had this cow-cud sickness.

憍梵钵提。即从座起。顶礼佛足。而白佛言。我有口业。于过去劫轻弄沙门。世世生生有牛司病。

“The Thus Come One taught me the mind-ground dharmadoor of the purity of a single flavor. My thought was extinguished, I entered samadhi, and contemplated the awareness of flavor as not having a substance and not being a thing. As a result, my mind transcended all worldly outflows.

如来示我一味清净心地法门。我得灭心入三摩地。观味之知。非体非物。应念得超世间诸漏。

“Internally I was freed of body and mind, and externally I abandoned the world. I left the three existences far behind, just like a bird released from its cage. I separated from filth and wiped out defilements, and so my Dharma Eye became pure, and I accomplished Arhatship. The Thus Come One certified me in person as having ascended to the Path Beyond Study.

内脱身心。外遗世界。远离三有。如鸟出笼。离垢销尘。法眼清净。成阿罗汉。如来亲印登无学道。

“The Buddha asks about perfect penetration. As I have been certified to it, returning flavor and turning awareness around is the superior method.”

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佛问圆通。如我所证。还味旋知。斯为第一。

Pilindavatsa arose from his seat, bowed at the Buddha’s feet, and said to the Buddha:

毕陵伽婆蹉。即从座起。顶礼佛足。而白佛言。

“When I first left home to follow the Buddha and enter the way, I often heard the Thus Come One explain that there is nothing in this world that brings happiness. Once, when I was begging in the city, I was reflecting on this Dharma-door and did not notice a poisonous thorn on the road until it had pricked my foot. My entire body experienced physical pain, but my mind also had an awareness: though it was aware of strong pain and recognized the feeling of pain, I knew that in my pure heart, there was neither pain nor awareness of pain.

我初发心从佛入道。数闻如来说诸世间不可乐事。乞食城中。心思法门。不觉路中毒剌伤足。举身疼痛。我念有知。知此深痛。虽觉觉痛。觉清净心。无痛痛觉。

“I also thought, ‘Is it possible for one body to have two awarenesses?’ Having reflected on this for a while, my body and mind were suddenly empty. After twenty-one days, my outflows disappeared. I accomplished Arhatship and received certification in person and a confirmation that I had realized the level beyond study.

我又思惟。如是一身。宁有双觉。摄念未久。身心忽空。三七日中。诸漏虚尽。成阿罗汉。得亲印记。发明无学。

“The Buddha asks about perfect penetration. As I have been certified to it, purifying the awareness and forgetting the body is the superior method.”

佛问圆通。如我所证。纯觉遗身。斯为第一。

Subhuti arose from his seat, bowed at the Buddha’s feet, and said to the Buddha, “From distant kalpas until now, my mind has been unobstructed. I remember as many of my past lives as there are sands in the Ganges River. From the beginning, in my mother’s womb, I knew emptiness and tranquility, to the extent that the ten directions became empty and I caused living beings to be certified to the nature of emptiness.

须菩提。即从座起。顶礼佛足。而白佛言。我旷劫来。心得无碍。自忆受生如

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河沙。初在母胎。即知空寂。如是乃至十方成空。亦令众生证得空性。

“Having received the Thus Come One’s revelation that the enlightened nature is true emptiness – that the nature of emptiness is perfect and bright – I attained Arhatship and suddenly entered into the Thus Come One’s sea of magnificent, bright emptiness. With knowledge and views identical with the Buddha, I was certified as being beyond study. In the liberation of the nature of emptiness, I am unsurpassed.

蒙如来发性觉真空。空性圆明。得阿罗汉。顿入如来宝明空海。同佛知见。印成无学。解脱性空。我为无上。

“The Buddha asks about perfect penetration. As I have been certified to it, all appearances enter into nothingness; nothingness and what becomes nothingness both disappear. Turning dharmas back to the void is the foremost method.”

佛问圆通。如我所证。诸相入非。非所非尽。旋法归无。斯为第一。

Shariputra arose from his seat, bowed at the Buddha’s feet, and said to the Buddha, “From distant kalpas until the present, my mind and views have been pure. In this way I have undergone as many births as there are grains of sand in the Ganges. As to the various transformations and changes of both the mundane and the transcendental, I am able to understand them at one glance and obtain non-obstruction.

舍利弗。即从座起。顶礼佛足。而白佛言。我旷劫来。心见清净。如是受生如河沙。世出世间种种变化。一见则通。获无障碍。

“Once I met the Kashyapas on the road, and I walked along with the brothers. They spoke about causes and conditions, and I awakened to the boundlessness of my mind.

我于路中。逢迦叶波兄弟相逐。宣说因缘。悟心无际。

“I followed the Buddha and left the home life. My seeingawareness became bright and perfect, I obtained fearlessness and became an Arhat. As one of the Buddha’s elder disciples, I am born from the Buddha’s mouth, transformationally born from the Dharma.

从佛出家。见觉明圆。得大无畏。成阿罗汉。为佛长子。从佛口生。从法化

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生。

“The Buddha asks about perfect penetration. As I have been certified to it, for the mind and the seeing to emit light and for the light to reach throughout knowing and seeing is the foremost method.”

佛问圆通。如我所证。心见发光。光极知见。斯为第一。

Universal Worthy Bodhisattva arose from his seat, bowed at the Buddha’s feet, and said to the Buddha, “I have been a Dharma Prince with as many Thus Come Ones as there are sands in the Ganges. The Thus Come Ones of the ten directions tell their disciples who have the roots of a Bodhisattva to cultivate the Universal Worthy conduct, which is named after me.

普贤菩萨。即从座起。顶礼佛足。而白佛言。我已曾与恒沙如来为法王子。十方如来。教其弟子菩萨根者。修普贤行。从我立名。

“World Honored One, I use my mind to listen and distinguish the knowledge and views of living beings. In other regions as many realms away as there are sands in the Ganges, if there is any living being who discovers the conduct of Universal Worthy, I immediately mount my six-tusked elephant and create hundreds of thousands of reduplicated bodies which go to those places. Although their obstacles may be so heavy that they do not see me, I secretly rub their crowns, protect and comfort them, and help them be successful.

世尊。我用心闻。分别众生所有知见。若于他方恒沙界外。有一众生。心中发明普贤行者。我于尔时乘六牙象。分身百千。皆至其处。纵彼障深。未得见我。我与其人暗中摩顶。拥护安慰。令其成就。

“The Buddha asks about perfect penetration. The basic cause I speak of in my case is listening with the mind to discover and distinguish at ease. This is the foremost method.”

佛问圆通。我说本因。心闻发明。分别自在。斯为第一。

Sundarananda arose from his seat, bowed at the Buddha’s feet, and said to the Buddha, “When I first left home and followed the Buddha to enter the Way, I received the complete precepts, but my mind was always too scattered for samadhi, and I could not attain the state of having no outflows. The World Honored One taught Kaushthila and me to contemplate the white spot at the tip

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of our noses.

孙陀罗难陀。即从座起。顶礼佛足。而白佛言。我初出家。从佛入道。虽具戒律。于三摩地心常散动。未获无漏。世尊教我。及拘絺罗。观鼻端白。

“From the first, I contemplated intently. After three weeks, I saw that the breath in my nostrils looked like smoke when I inhaled and exhaled. My body and mind became bright inside, and I perfectly understood the external world, to the point that everything became empty and pure, like crystal. The smoky appearance gradually disappeared, and the breath in my nostrils became white.

我初谛观。经三七日。见鼻中气出入如烟。身心内明。圆洞世界。遍成虚净。犹如琉璃。烟相渐销。鼻息成白。

“My mind opened and my outflows were extinguished. Every inhalation and exhalation of breath was transformed into light which illumined the ten directions, and I attained Arhatship. The World Honored One predicted that in the future I would obtain Bodhi.

心开漏尽。诸出入息化为光明。照十方界。得阿罗汉。世尊记我当得菩提。

“The Buddha asks about perfect penetration. I did it by means of the disappearance of the breath, until eventually the breath emitted light and the light completely extinguished my outflows. This is the foremost method.”

佛问圆通。我以销息。息久发明。明圆灭漏。斯为第一。

Purnamaitreyaniputra arose from his seat, bowed at the Buddha’s feet, and said to the Buddha, “For vast kalpas I have possessed unobstructed eloquence. When I discuss suffering and emptiness I penetrate deeply into the actual appearance, and in the same way, I give subtle, wonderful instruction to the assembly concerning the secret Dharma doors of as many Thus Come Ones as there are sands in the Ganges. I have also obtained fearlessness.

富楼那弥多罗尼子。即从座起。顶礼佛足。而白佛言。我旷劫来。辩才无碍。宣说苦空。深达实相。如是乃至恒沙如来秘密法门。我于众中微妙开示。得无所畏。

“The World Honored One knew that I had great eloquence, and so he made use of my voice in turning the wheel of the Dharma. He taught me how to disseminate it. I joined the Buddha to help him turn the wheel. I accomplished

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Arhatship through the lion’s roar. The World Honored One certified me as being foremost in speaking Dharma.

世尊知我有大辩才。以音声轮教我发扬。我于佛前助佛转轮。因师子吼。成阿罗汉。世尊印我说法无上。

“The Buddha asks about perfect penetration. I used the sound of Dharma to subdue demons and adversaries and melt away my outflows. This is the foremost method.”

佛问圆通。我以法音降伏魔怨。销灭诸漏。斯为第一。

Upali arose from his seat, bowed at the Buddha’s feet, and said to the Buddha, “I followed the Buddha in person when he fled the city and left the home-life. I observed the Thus Come One endure six years of diligent asceticism. I watched the Thus Come One subdue all the demons, control adherents of external paths and become liberated from all outflows which were based on worldly desire and greed.

优波离。即从座起。顶礼佛足。而白佛言。我亲随佛踰城出家。亲观如来六年勤苦。亲见如来降伏诸魔。制诸外道。解脱世间贪欲诸漏。

“I based myself on the Buddha’s teaching of precepts, encompassing the three thousand awesome deportments and the eighty thousand subtle aspects. Both my direct karma and my contributing karma became pure. My body and mind became tranquil, and I accomplished Arhatship.

承佛教戒。如是乃至三千威仪。八万微细。性业遮业。悉皆清净。身心寂灭。成阿罗汉。

“In the Thus Come One’s assembly, I am a governor of the law. The Buddha himself certified my mind’s upholding of the precepts and my genuine cultivation of them. I am considered a leader of the assembly.

我是如来众中纲纪。亲印我心。持戒修身。众推为上。

“The Buddha asks about perfect penetration. I disciplined the body until the body attained ease and comfort. Then I disciplined the mind until the mind attained penetrating clarity. After that, the body and mind experienced keen and thorough absorption. This is the foremost method.”

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佛问圆通。我以执身。身得自在。次第执心。心得通达。然后身心一切通利。斯为第一。

Great Maudgalyayana arose from his seat, bowed at the Buddha’s feet, and said to the Buddha, “Once when I was out on the road begging for food, I met the three Kashyapa brothers – Uruvilva, Gaya, and Nadi – who proclaimed for me the Thus Come One’s profound principle of causes and conditions. I immediately brought forth resolve and obtained a great understanding.

大目犍连。即从座起。顶礼佛足。而白佛言。我初于路乞食。逢遇优楼频螺、伽耶、那提、三迦叶波。宣说如来因缘深义。我顿发心。得大通达。

“The Thus Come One accepted me, and the kashaya was on my body and my hair fell out by itself. I roamed in the ten directions, having no impeding obstructions. I discovered my spiritual penetrations, which are esteemed as unsurpassed, and I accomplished Arhatship.

如来惠我袈裟着身。须发自落。我游十方。得无挂碍。神通发明。推为无上。成阿罗汉。

“Not only the World Honored One, but the Thus Come Ones of the ten directions praise my spiritual powers as perfectly clear and pure, masterful, and fearless.

宁唯世尊。十方如来叹我神力。圆明清净。自在无畏。

“The Buddha asks about perfect penetration. By means of a spiral-like attention to the profound, the light of my mind was revealed, just as muddy water clears. Eventually it became pure and dazzling. This is the foremost method.”

佛问圆通。我以旋湛。心光发宣。如澄浊流。久成清莹。斯为第一。

Ucchushma came before the Buddha, put his palms together, bowed at the Buddha’s feet, and said to the Buddha, “I can still remember how many kalpas ago I was filled with excessive greed and desire. There was a Buddha in the world named King of Emptiness. He said that people with too much desire turn into a raging mass of fire. He taught me to contemplate the coolness and warmth throughout my entire body.

乌刍瑟摩。于如来前。合掌顶礼佛之双足。而白佛言。我常先忆久远劫前。性多贪欲。有佛出世。名曰空王。说多淫人。成猛火聚。教我遍观百骸四肢诸冷

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暖气。

“A spiritual light coalesced inside and transformed my thoughts of excessive lust into the fire of wisdom. After that, when any of the Buddhas summoned me, they used the name ‘fire-head.’

神光内凝。化多淫心成智慧火。从是诸佛皆呼召我。名为火头。

“From the strength of the fire-light samadhi, I accomplished Arhatship. I made a great vow that when each of the Buddhas accomplishes the way, I will be a powerful knight and in person subdue the demons’ hatred.

我以火光三昧力故。成阿罗汉。心发大愿。诸佛成道。我为力士。亲伏魔怨。

“The Buddha asks about perfect penetration. I used attentive contemplation of the effects of heat in my body and mind, until it became unobstructed and penetrating and all my outflows were consumed. I produced a blazing brilliance and ascended to enlightenment. This is the foremost method.”

佛问圆通。我以谛观身心暖触。无碍流通。诸漏既销。生大宝焰。登无上觉。斯为第一。

The Bodhisattva, “Maintaining the Ground,” arose from his seat, bowed at the Buddha’s feet, and said to the Buddha, “I remember when Universal Light Thus Come One appeared in the world in the past. I was a Bhikshu who continually worked on making level the major roads, ferry-landings, and the dangerous spots in the ground, where the disrepair might hinder or harm carriages or horses. I did everything from building bridges to hauling sand.

持地菩萨。即从座起。顶礼佛足。而白佛言。我念往昔。普光如来出现于世。我为比丘。常于一切要路津口。田地险隘。有不如法。妨损车马。我皆平填。或作桥梁。或负沙土。

“I was diligent in this hard labor throughout the appearance of limitless Buddhas in the world. If there were beings at the walls and gates of the cities who needed someone to carry their goods, I would carry them all the way to their destination, set the things down, and leave without taking any recompense.

如是勤苦。经无量佛出现于世。或有众生于阛阓处。要人擎物。我先为擎。至其所诣。放物即行。不取其直。

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“When the Buddha Vipashyin appeared in the world, there was a world-wide famine. I would carry people on my back, and no matter how far the distance, I would only accept one small coin. If there was an ox-cart stuck in the mud, I would use my spiritual strength to push the wheels and get it out of difficulty.

毗舍浮佛现在世时。世多饥荒。我为负人。无问远近。唯取一钱。或有车牛被于泥溺。我有神力。为其推轮。拔其苦恼。

“Once a king asked the Buddha to accept a vegetarian feast. At that time, I served the Buddha by leveling the road as he went. Vipashyin Thus Come One rubbed my crown and said, ‘You should level your mind-ground, then everything else in the world would be level.’

时国大王延佛设斋。我于尔时平地待佛。毗舍如来。摩顶谓我。当平心地。则世界地一切皆平。

“Immediately my mind opened up and I saw that the particles of earth composing my own body were no different from all the particles of earth that made up the world. The nature of those particles of dust was such that they did not connect with one another nor could they be touched by the blade of a sword.

我即心开。见身微尘。与造世界所有微尘等无差别。微尘自性。不相触摩。乃至刀兵亦无所触。

“Within the dharma-nature I awakened to the patience with the non-production of dharmas and accomplished Arhatship. I brought my mind back, to the extent that I have now entered the ranks of the Bodhisattvas. Hearing the Thus Come One proclaim the Wonderful Lotus Flower, the level of the Buddha’s knowledge and vision, I have already been certified as having understood and am a leader in the assembly.

我于法性。悟无生忍。成阿罗汉。回心今入菩萨位中。闻诸如来宣妙莲华佛知见地。我先证明而为上首。

“The Buddha asks about perfect penetration. Upon attentive contemplation of the body and the environment, I saw that these two dusts are exactly the same – that, fundamentally, everything is the Treasury of the Thus Come One, but that an empty falseness arises and creates the dust. When the dust is eliminated, wisdom is perfected, and one accomplishes the unsurpassed Way. This is the foremost method.”

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佛问圆通。我以谛观身界二尘。等无差别。本如来藏。虚妄发尘。尘销智圆。成无上道。斯为第一。

The Pure Youth Moonlight arose from his seat, bowed at the Buddha’s feet, and said to the Buddha, “I remember that long ago, beyond kalpas as many as there are sands in the Ganges, there was a Buddha in the world named Water-God, who taught all the Bodhisattvas to cultivate the contemplation of water and enter samadhi.

月光童子。即从座起。顶礼佛足。而白佛言。我忆往昔恒河沙劫。有佛出世。名为水天。教诸菩萨修习水观。入三摩地。

“I reflected upon how throughout the body the essence of water is not in discord. I started with mucus and saliva and went on through digestive juices, phlegm, semen, blood, to urine and excrement. As it revolved through my body, the nature of water was identical. I saw that the water in my body was not at all different from that in the world outside: even that in royal lands of floating banners with all their seas of fragrant waters.

观于身中。水性无夺。初从涕唾。如是穷尽津液精血。大小便利。身中旋复。水性一同。见水身中与世界外浮幢王刹诸香水海。等无差别。

“At that time, when I first succeeded in the contemplation of water, I could see only water. I still had not gotten beyond my physical body.

我于是时。初成此观。但见其水。未得无身。

“I was a Bhikshu then, and once when I was in dhyana repose in my room, a disciple of mine peeked in the window and saw only pure water there, which filled the entire room. He saw nothing else.

当为比丘。室中安禅。我有弟子。窥窗观室。唯见清水遍在室中。了无所见。

“The lad was young, and not knowing any better, he picked up a tile and tossed it into the water. It hit the water with a ‘plunk.’ He gazed around and then left. When I came out of concentration, I was suddenly aware of a pain in my heart, and I felt like Shariputra must have felt when he met that cruel ghost.

童稚无知。取一瓦砾投于水内。激水作声。顾盼而去。我出定后。顿觉心痛。如舍利弗遭违害鬼。

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“I thought to myself, ‘I am already an Arhat and have long since abandoned conditions that bring on illness. Why is it that today I suddenly have a pain in my heart? Am I about to lose the position of non-retreat?’

我自思惟。今我已得阿罗汉道。久离病缘。云何今日忽生心痛。将无退失。

“Just then, the young lad came promptly to me and related what had happened. I quickly said to him, ‘When you see the water again, you may open the door, wade into the water, and remove the tile.’ The child was obedient, so that when I reentered samadhi, he again saw the water and the tile as well. He opened the door and took it out. When I came out of concentration, my body was as it had been before.

尔时童子捷来我前。说如上事。我则告言。汝更见水。可即开门。入此水中。除去瓦砾。童子奉教。后入定时。还复见水。瓦砾宛然。开门除出。我后出定。身质如初。

“I encountered limitless Buddhas and cultivated in this way until the coming of the Thus Come One, King of Masterful Penetrations of Mountains and Seas. Then I finally had no body. My nature and the seas of fragrant waters throughout the ten directions were identical with True Emptiness, without any duality or difference. Now I am with the Thus Come One and am known as a Pure Youth, and I have joined the assembly of Bodhisattvas.

逢无量佛。如是至于山海自在通王如来。方得亡身。与十方界诸香水海。性合真空。无二无别。今于如来得童真名。预菩萨会。

“The Buddha asks about perfect penetration. By means of the nature of water, I penetrated through to the flow of a single flavor, and I obtained patience with the non-production of dharmas and the perfection of Bodhi. This is the foremost method.”

佛问圆通。我以水性一味流通。得无生忍。圆满菩提。斯为第一。

The Dharma Prince Vaidurya Light arose from his seat, bowed at the Buddha’s feet, and said to the Buddha, “I can still remember back through aeons as many as the sands in the Ganges to the time of a Buddha named ‘Limitless Sound,’ who instructed the Bodhisattvas that fundamental enlightenment is wonderful and bright. He taught them to contemplate this world and all the beings in it as false conditions propelled by the power of wind.

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琉璃光法王子。即从座起。顶礼佛足。而白佛言。我忆往昔经恒沙劫。有佛出世。名无量声。开示菩萨本觉妙明。观此世界及众生身。皆是妄缘风力所转。

“At that time, I contemplated the position of the world, and I regarded the passage of time in the world. I reflected on the movement and stillness in my body. I considered the arising of thoughts in the mind. All these kinds of movement were nondual; they were equal and the same.

我于尔时。观界安立。观世动时。观身动止。观心动念。诸动无二。等无差别。

“I then understood that the nature of movement does not come from anywhere and does not go anywhere. Every single material particle throughout the ten directions and every upside-down living being in it is of the same empty falseness.

我时觉了此群动性。来无所从。去无所至。十方微尘颠倒众生。同一虚妄。

“And so, throughout the three-thousand-great-thousand worlds, the living beings in each of the worlds were like so many mosquitoes confined in a trap and droning monotonously. Caught in those few square inches, their hum built to a maddening crescendo. Not long after I encountered the Buddha, I attained patience with the non-production of dharmas.

如是乃至三千大千一世界内所有众生。如一器中贮百蚊蚋。啾啾乱鸣。于分寸中鼓发狂闹。逢佛未几。得无生忍。

“My mind then opened, and I could see the country of the Buddha, ‘Unmoving,’ in the east. I became a Dharma Prince and served the Buddhas of the ten directions. My body and mind emit a light that make them completely clear and translucent.

尔时心开。乃见东方不动佛国。为法王子。事十方佛。身心发光。洞彻无碍。

“The Buddha asks about perfect penetration. I contemplated the power of wind as lacking anything to rely on, and I awakened to the Bodhi-mind. I entered samadhi and meshed with the single, wonderful mind transmitted by all the Buddhas of the ten directions. This is the foremost method.”

佛问圆通。我以观察风力无依。悟菩提心。入三摩地。合十方佛传一妙心。斯

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为第一。

Treasury of Emptiness Bodhisattva arose from his seat, bowed to the Buddha’s feet, and said to the Buddha, “The Thus Come One and I attained boundless bodies at the place of the Buddha, ‘Samadhi-Light.’

虚空藏菩萨。即从座起。顶礼佛足。而白佛言。我与如来。定光佛所。得无边身。

“At that time, I held in my hands four huge precious pearls, which shone on Buddhalands as many as the motes of dust in the ten directions and transformed them into emptiness.

尔时手执四大宝珠。照明十方微尘佛刹。化成虚空。

“In my mind there appeared a great, perfect mirror, which emitted from within ten kinds of subtle, wonderful precious light that poured out into the ten directions to the farthest bounds of emptiness.

又于自心现大圆镜。内放十种微妙宝光。流灌十方尽虚空际。

“All the royal lands of banners came into the mirror and passed into my body. There was no hindrance to this interaction, because my body was like emptiness.

诸幢王刹。来入镜内。涉入我身。身同虚空。不相妨碍。

“My body could enter with ease as many countries as there are fine motes of dust and could do the Buddha’s work on a wide scale, because it had become completely compliant.

身能善入微尘国土。广行佛事。得大随顺。

“I achieved this great spiritual power from contemplating in detail how the four elements lack anything to return to; how the production and extinction of false thoughts is no different from emptiness; how all the Buddhalands are basically the same. Once I realized this identity, I obtained patience with the nonproduction of Dharmas.

此大神力。由我谛观四大无依。妄想生灭。虚空无二。佛国本同。于同发明。得无生忍。

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“The Buddha asks about perfect penetration. I used the contemplation of the boundlessness of emptiness to enter samadhi and attain wonderful power and perfect clarity. This is the foremost method.”

佛问圆通。我以观察虚空无边。入三摩地。妙力圆明。斯为第一。

Maitreya Bodhisattva arose from his seat, bowed at the Buddha’s feet, and said to the Buddha, “I remember when, as many kalpas ago as there are fine motes of dust, a Buddha named Light of Sun, Moon, and Lamp appeared in the world. Under that Buddha I left the home life; yet I was deeply committed to worldly fame and liked to fraternize with people of good family.

弥勒菩萨。即从座起。顶礼佛足。而白佛言。我忆往昔经微尘劫。有佛出世。名日月灯明。我从彼佛而得出家。心重世名。好游族姓。

“Then the World Honored One taught me to cultivate consciousness-only concentration, and I entered that samadhi. For many aeons I have made use of that samadhi as I performed deeds for as many Buddhas as there are sands in the Ganges. My seeking for worldly name and fame ceased completely and never recurred.

尔时世尊。教我修习唯心识定。入三摩地。历劫已来。以此三昧。事恒沙佛。求世名心。歇灭无有。

“When Burning Lamp Buddha appeared in the world, I finally accomplished the unsurpassed, wonderfully perfect Samadhi of Consciousness.

至然灯佛出现于世。我乃得成无上妙圆识心三昧。

“I went on until, to the ends of emptiness, all the lands of the Thus Come One, whether pure or defiled, existent or nonexistent, were transformations appearing from within my own mind.

乃至尽空如来国土净秽有无。皆是我心变化所现。

“World Honored One, because I understand consciousness only thus, the nature of consciousness reveals limitless Thus Come Ones. Now I have received the prediction that I will be the next to take the Buddha’s place.

世尊。我了如是唯心识故。识性流出无量如来。今得授记。次补佛处。

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“The Buddha asks about perfect penetration. I was intent upon the contemplation that the ten directions come only from consciousness. When the conscious mind is perfect and bright, one enters the perfection of the real. One leaves behind reliance on others and attachment to incessant calculating and attains the patience with the non-production of dharmas. This is the foremost method.”

佛问圆通。我以谛观十方唯识。识心圆明。入圆成实。远离依他及遍计执。得无生忍。斯为第一。

Dharma Prince, Great Strength, together with fifty-two Bodhisattvas of similar rank, arose from his seat, bowed at the Buddha’s feet, and said to the Buddha:

大势至法王子。与其同伦五十二菩萨。即从座起。顶礼佛足。而白佛言。

“I remember when, as many aeons ago as there are sands in the Ganges, a Buddha called Limitless Light appeared in the world. In that same aeon there were twelve successive Thus Come Ones; the last was called Light Surpassing the Sun and Moon. That Buddha taught me the Buddha-recitation Samadhi.

我忆往昔恒河沙劫。有佛出世。名无量光。十二如来。相继一劫。其最后佛。名超日月光。彼佛教我。念佛三昧。

“Suppose there were a person who always remembers someone else, but the someone else he remembers has entirely forgotten about him. If two such people were to meet, even if they were to see each other, they would not take notice. They would not recognize each other.

譬如有人。一专为忆。一人专忘。如是二人。若逢不逢。或见非见。

“If two people remember each other until the memory of each is deep, then in life after life they will be together like a form and its shadow, and they will never be at odds.

二人相忆。二忆念深。如是乃至从生至生。同于形影。不相乖异。

“Out of pity for living beings, the Thus Come Ones of the ten directions are mindful of them as a mother remembers her child. If the child runs away, of what use is the mother’s regard? But if the child remembers his mother in the same way that the mother remembers the child, then in life after life the mother

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and child will not be far apart.

十方如来怜念众生。如母忆子。若子逃逝。虽忆何为。子若忆母。如母忆时。母子历生不相违远。

“If living beings remember the Buddha and are mindful of the Buddha, certainly they will see the Buddha now or in the future.

若众生心。忆佛念佛。现前当来。必定见佛。

“They will never be far from the Buddha, and their minds will awaken by themselves, without the aid of expedients.

去佛不远。不假方便。自得心开。

“A person who has been near incense will carry a fragrance on his person; it is the same in this case. It is called an adornment of fragrant light.

如染香人。身有香气。此则名曰香光庄严。

“On the causal ground I used mindfulness of the Buddha to enter into patience with the non-production of dharmas. Now in this world I gather in all those who are mindful of the Buddha and bring them back to the Pure Land.

我本因地以念佛心入无生忍。今于此界摄念佛人归于净土。

“The Buddha asks about perfect penetration. I would select none other than gathering in the six organs through continuous pure mindfulness to obtain samadhi. This is the foremost method.”

佛问圆通。我无选择。都摄六根。净念相继。得三摩地。斯为第一。

(End of chapter 5 卷五完)

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The Sutra of the Foremost Shurangama at the Great Buddha’s Summit Concerning the Tathagata’s Secret Cause of Cultivation, His Certification to the Complete Meaning and all Bodhisattvas’ Myriad Practices.

Chapter 6《大佛顶如来密因修证了义诸菩萨万行首楞严经》卷六

Then Gwan Shr Yin Bodhisattva arose from his seat, bowed at the Buddha’s feet and said to the Buddha:

尔时观世音菩萨。即从座起。顶礼佛足。而白佛言。

“World Honored One, I remember when, as many kalpas ago as there are sands in the Ganges, there was a Buddha in the world named Contemplating the World’s Sounds. It was under that Buddha that I brought forth the Bodhi-resolve. That Buddha taught me to enter samadhi through a process of hearing and reflecting.

世尊。忆念我昔无数恒河沙劫。于时有佛出现于世。名观世音。我于彼佛发菩提心。彼佛教我从闻思修。入三摩地。

“Initially, I entered the flow through hearing and forgot objective states. Since the sense-objects and sense-organs were quiet, the two characteristics of movement and stillness crystallized and did not arise. After that, gradually advancing, the hearing and what was heard both disappeared. Once the hearing was ended, there was nothing to rely on, and awareness and the objects of awareness became empty. When the emptiness of awareness reached an ultimate perfection, emptiness and what was being emptied then also ceased to be. Since production and extinction were gone, still extinction was revealed.

初于闻中。入流亡所。所入既寂。动静二相了然不生。如是渐增。闻所闻尽。尽闻不住。觉所觉空。空觉极圆。空所空灭。生灭既灭。寂灭现前。

“Suddenly I transcended the mundane and transcendental worlds, and throughout the ten directions a perfect brightness prevailed. I obtained two supreme states.

忽然超越世出世间。十方圆明。获二殊胜。

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“First, I was united above with the fundamental, wonderfully enlightened mind of all the Buddhas of the ten directions, and I gained a strength of compassion equal to that of all the Buddhas, the Thus Come Ones.

一者。上合十方诸佛本妙觉心。与佛如来同一慈力。

“Second, I was united below with all living beings in the six paths, and I gained a kind regard for all living beings equally.

二者。下合十方一切六道众生。与诸众生同一悲仰。

“World Honored One, because I served and made offerings to the Thus Come One, Gwan Yin, I received from that Thus Come One a transmission of the Vajra Samadhi of all being like an illusion, as one becomes permeated with hearing and cultivates hearing. Because I gained a power of compassion identical with that of all Buddhas, the Thus Come Ones, I became accomplished in thirty-two response-bodies and entered all lands.

世尊。由我供养观音如来。蒙彼如来授我如幻闻熏闻修金刚三昧。与佛如来同慈力故。令我身成三十二应。入诸国土。

“World Honored One, if there are Bodhisattvas who enter samadhi and vigorously cultivate the extinction of outflows, who have superior understanding and manifest perfected penetration, I will appear in the body of a Buddha and speak dharma for them, causing them to attain liberation.

世尊。若诸菩萨。入三摩地。进修无漏。胜解现圆。我现佛身而为说法。令其解脱。

“If there are those who are studying, who are tranquil and have wonderful clarity, who are superior and miraculous and manifest perfection, I will appear before them in the body of a Solitarily Enlightened One and speak Dharma for them, causing them to attain liberation.

若诸有学。寂静妙明。胜妙现圆。我于彼前现独觉身。而为说法。令其解脱。

“If there are those who are studying, who have severed the twelve causal conditions, and, having severed the conditions, reveal a supreme nature, and who are superior and wonderful and manifest perfection, I will appear before them in the body of one enlightened to conditions and speak dharma for them, causing them to attain liberation.

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若诸有学。断十二缘。缘断胜性。胜妙现圆。我于彼前现缘觉身。而为说法。令其解脱。

“If there are those who are studying, who have attained the emptiness of the Four Truths, and cultivating the Way, have entered extinction, and have a superior nature and manifest perfection, I will appear before them in the body of a Sound-Hearer and speak Dharma for them, causing them to attain liberation.

若诸有学。得四谛空。修道入灭。胜性现圆。我于彼前现声闻身。而为说法。令其解脱。

“If there are living beings who wish to have their minds be clear and awakened, who do not engage in mundane desires and wish to purify their bodies, I will appear before them in the body of a Brahma King and speak Dharma for them, causing them to attain liberation.

若诸众生。欲心明悟。不犯欲尘。欲身清净。我于彼前现梵王身。而为说法。令其解脱。

“If there are living beings who wish to be the Heavenly Lord, leader of heavenly beings, I will appear before them in the body of Shakra and speak Dharma for them, enabling them to accomplish their wish.

若诸众生。欲为天主。统领诸天。我于彼前现帝释身。而为说法。令其成就。

“If living beings wish to attain physical self-mastery and to roam throughout the ten directions, I will appear before them in the body of a god from the heaven of self-mastery and speak dharma for them, enabling them to accomplish their wish.

若诸众生。欲身自在。游行十方。我于彼前现自在天身。而为说法。令其成就。

“If there are living beings who wish to attain physical self-mastery and fly through space, I will appear before them in the body of a god from the heaven of great self-mastery and speak dharma for them, enabling them to accomplish their wish.

若诸众生。欲身自在飞行虚空。我于彼前现大自在天身。而为说法。令其成就。

“If there are living beings who are fond of ruling over ghosts and spirits in order to rescue and protect their country, I will appear before them in the body of a

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great heavenly general and speak Dharma for them, enabling them to accomplish their wish.

若诸众生。爱统鬼神。救护国土。我于彼前现天大将军身。而为说法。令其成就。

“If there are living beings who like to govern the world in order to protect living beings, I will appear before them in the body of one of the Four Heavenly Kings and speak Dharma for them, enabling them to accomplish their wish.

若诸众生。爱统世界。保护众生。我于彼前现四天王身。而为说法。令其成就。

“If there are living beings who enjoy being born in the heavenly palaces and to command ghosts and spirits, I will appear before them in the body of a prince from the kingdoms of the Four Heavenly Kings and speak Dharma for them, enabling them to accomplish their wish.

若诸众生。爱生天宫。驱使鬼神。我于彼前现四天王国太子身。而为说法。令其成就。

“If there are living beings who would like to be kings of people, I will appear before them in the body of a human king and speak Dharma for them, enabling them to accomplish their wish.

若诸众生。乐为人王。我于彼前现人王身。而为说法。令其成就。

“If there are living beings who enjoy being heads of households, whom those of the world venerate and yield to, I will appear before them in the body of an elder and speak Dharma for them, enabling them to accomplish their wish.

若诸众生。爱主族姓。世间推让。我于彼前现长者身。而为说法。令其成就。

“If there are living beings who delight in discussing the classics and who keep themselves lofty and pure, I will appear before them in the body of an upasaka and speak Dharma for them, enabling them to accomplish their wish.

若诸众生。爱谈名言。清净自居。我于彼前现居士身。而为说法。令其成就。

“If there are living beings who enjoy governing the country and who can handle matters of state decisively, I will appear before them in the body of an official and speak Dharma for them, enabling then to accomplish their wish.

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若诸众生。爱治国土。剖断邦邑。我于彼前现宰官身。而为说法。令其成就。

“If there are living beings who like reckoning and incantation and who wish to guard and protect themselves, I will appear before them in the body of a Brahman and speak Dharma for them, enabling them to accomplish their wish.

若诸众生。爱诸数术。摄卫自居。我于彼前现婆罗门身。而为说法。令其成就。

“If there are men who want to leave the home-life and uphold the precepts and rules, I will appear before them in the body of a Bhikshu and speak Dharma for them, enabling them to accomplish their wish.

若有男子。好学出家。持诸戒律。我于彼前现比丘身。而为说法。令其成就。

“If there are women who would like to leave the home-life and hold the pure precepts, I will appear before them in the body of a Bhikshuni and speak Dharma for them, enabling them to accomplish their wish.

若有女人。好学出家。持诸禁戒。我于彼前现比丘尼身。而为说法。令其成就。

“If there are men who want to uphold the five precepts, I will appear before them in the body of an upasaka and speak dharma for them, enabling them to accomplish their wish.

若有男子。乐持五戒。我于彼前现优婆塞身。而为说法。令其成就。

“If there are women who wish to base themselves in the five precepts, I will appear before them in the body of an upasika and speak Dharma for them, enabling them to accomplish their wish.

若有女子。五戒自居。我于彼前现优婆夷身。而为说法。令其成就。

“If there are women who govern internal affairs of household or country, I will appear before them in the body of a queen, first lady, or noblewoman and speak Dharma for them, enabling them to accomplish their wish.

若有女人。内政立身。以修家国。我于彼前现女主身。及国夫人命妇大家。而为说法。令其成就。

“If there are virgin lads I will appear before them in the body of a pure youth and speak Dharma for them, enabling them to accomplish their wish.

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若有众生。不坏男根。我于彼前现童男身。而为说法。令其成就。

“If there are maidens who want to remain virgins and do not wish to marry, I will appear before them in the body of a gracious lady and speak Dharma for them, enabling them to accomplish their wish.

若有处女。爱乐处身。不求侵暴。我于彼前现童女身。而为说法。令其成就。

“If there are heavenly beings who wish to escape their heavenly destiny, I will appear in the body of a god and speak Dharma for them, enabling them to accomplish their wish.

若有诸天。乐出天伦。我现天身而为说法。令其成就。

“If there are dragons who want to quit their lot of being dragons, I will appear before them in the body of a dragon and speak Dharma for them, enabling them to accomplish their wish.

若有诸龙。乐出龙伦。我现龙身而为说法。令其成就。

“If there are yakshas who want to get out of their present fate, I will appear before them in the body of a yaksha and speak Dharma for them, enabling them to accomplish their wish.

若有药叉。乐度本伦。我于彼前现药叉身。而为说法。令其成就。

“If there are gandharvas who wish to be freed from their destiny, I will appear before them in the body of a gandharva and speak Dharma for them, enabling them to accomplish their wish.

若干闼婆。乐脱其伦。我于彼前现干闼婆身。而为说法。令其成就。

“If there are asuras who wish to be liberated from their destiny, I will appear before them in the body of an asura and speak Dharma for them, enabling them to accomplish their wish.

若阿修罗。乐脱其伦。我于彼前现阿修罗身。而为说法。令其成就。

“If there are kinnaras who wish to transcend their fate, I will appear before them in the body of a kinnara and speak Dharma for them, enabling them to accomplish their wish.

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若紧那罗。乐脱其伦。我于彼前现紧那罗身。而为说法。令其成就。

“If there are mahoragas who wish to be freed from their destiny, I will appear before them in the body of a mahoraga and speak Dharma for them, enabling them to accomplish their wish.

若摩呼罗伽。乐脱其伦。我于彼前现摩呼罗伽身。而为说法。令其成就。

“If there are living beings who like being people and want to continue to be people, I will appear in the body of a person and speak Dharma for them, enabling them to accomplish their wish.

若诸众生。乐人修人。我现人身。而为说法。令其成就。

“If there are non-humans, whether with form or without form, whether with thought or without thought, who long to be freed from their destiny, I will appear before them in a body like theirs and speak Dharma for them, enabling them to accomplish their wish.

若诸非人。有形无形。有想无想。乐度其伦。我于彼前皆现其身。而为说法。令其成就。

“This is called the wonderful purity of the thirty-two response-bodies, by which one enters into all lands and accomplishes self-mastery by means of the Samadhi of Becoming Permeated with Hearing and Cultivating Hearing and by means of the miraculous strength of effortlessness.

是名妙净三十二应入国土身。皆以三昧闻熏闻修无作妙力。自在成就。

“Also, World Honored One, using this Vajra Samadhi of Becoming Permeated with Hearing and Cultivating Hearing, and using the miraculous strength of effortlessness, because I have a kind regard equally for all living beings in the six paths, I go throughout the ten directions and the three periods of time and cause all living beings who encounter bodies of mine to receive the meritorious virtue of fourteen kinds of fearlessness.

世尊。我复以此闻熏闻修。金刚三昧无作妙力。与诸十方三世六道一切众生。同悲仰故。令诸众生。于我身心。获十四种无畏功德。

“First: because I do not contemplate sounds for my own sake, but rather listen to the sounds of those whom I contemplate, I can enable living beings throughout

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the ten directions who are suffering and in distress to attain liberation by contemplating their sounds.

一者。由我不自观音以观观者。令彼十方苦恼众生。观其音声。即得解脱。

“Second: since my knowledge and views have turned around and come back, I can make it so that if living beings are caught in a raging fire, the fire will not burn them.

二者。知见旋复。令诸众生。设入大火。火不能烧。

“Third: since contemplation and listening have turned around and come back, I can make it so that if living beings are floundering in deep water, the water cannot drown them.

三者。观听旋复。令诸众生。大水所漂。水不能溺。

“Fourth: since false thinking is cut off, and my mind is without thoughts of killing or harming, I can make it so that if living beings enter the territory of ghosts, the ghosts cannot harm them.

四者。断灭妄想。心无杀害。令诸众生。入诸鬼国。鬼不能害。

“Fifth: since I am permeated with hearing and have brought hearing to accomplishment, so that the six sense-organs have dissolved and returned to become identical with hearing, I can make it so that if living beings are about to be wounded, the knives will break into pieces. I can cause swords of war to have no more effect than if they were to slice into water, or if one were to blow upon light.

五者。熏闻成闻。六根销复。同于声听。能令众生。临当被害。刀段段坏。使其兵戈。犹如割水。亦如吹光。性无摇动。

“Sixth: when the hearing permeates and the essence is bright, light pervades the Dharma-realm, so that absolutely no darkness remains. I am then able to make it so that, though yakshas, rakshasas, kumbhandas, pishachas, and putanas may draw near to living beings, the ghosts will not be able to see them.

六者。闻熏精明。明遍法界。则诸幽暗。性不能全。能令众生。药叉、罗刹、鸠盘茶鬼、及毗舍遮、富单那等。虽近其傍。目不能视。

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“Seventh: when the nature of sound completely melts away and contemplation and hearing return and enter, so that I am separate from false and defiling sense-objects, I am able to make it so that if living beings are confined by cangues and fetters, the locks will not hold them.

七者。音性圆销。观听返入。离诸尘妄。能令众生。禁系枷锁。所不能着。

“Eighth: when sound is gone and the hearing is perfected, an all-pervasive power of compassion arises, and I can make it so that if living beings are travelling a dangerous road, thieves will not rob them.

八者。灭音圆闻。遍生慈力。能令众生。经过险路。贼不能劫。

“Ninth: when one is permeated with hearing, one separates from worldly objects, and forms cannot rob one. Then I can make it so that living beings with a great deal of desire can leave greed and desire far behind.

九者。熏闻离尘。色所不劫。能令一切多淫众生。远离贪欲。

“Tenth: when sound is so pure that there is no defiling object, the sense-organ and the external state are perfectly fused, without any complement and without anything complemented. Then I can make it so that living beings who are full of rage and hate will leave all hatred.

十者。纯音无尘。根境圆融。无对所对。能令一切忿恨众生。离诸嗔恚。

“Eleventh: when the dust has gone and has turned to light, the Dharma realm and the body and mind are like crystal, transparent and unobstructed. Then I can make it so that all dark and dull-witted beings whose natures are obstructed – all atyantikas – are forever free from stupidity and darkness.

十一者。销尘旋明。法界身心。犹如琉璃。朗彻无碍。能令一切昏钝性障。诸阿颠迦。永离痴暗。

“Twelfth: when matter dissipates and returns to the hearing, then unmoving in the Bodhimanda I can travel through worlds without destroying the appearance of those worlds. I can make offerings to as many Buddhas, Thus Come Ones, as there are fine motes of dust throughout the ten directions. At the side of each Buddha I become a Dharma Prince, and I can make it so that childless living beings throughout the Dharma Realm who wish to have sons, are blessed with meritorious, virtuous, and wise sons.

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十二者。融形复闻。不动道场。涉入世间。不坏世界。能遍十方。供养微尘诸佛如来。各各佛边为法王子。能令法界无子众生。欲求男者。诞生福德智慧之男。

“Thirteenth: with perfect penetration of the six sense-organs, the light and what is illumined are not two. Encompassing the ten directions, a great perfect mirror stands in the Empty Treasury of the Thus Come One. I inherit the secret dharma-doors of as many Thus Come Ones as there are fine motes of dust throughout the ten directions. Receiving them without loss, I am able to make it so that childless living beings throughout the Dharma Realm who seek daughters are blessed with lovely daughters who are upright, virtuous, and compliant and whom everyone cherishes and respects.

十三者。六根圆通。明照无二。含十方界。立大圆镜空如来藏。承顺十方微尘如来。秘密法门。受领无失。能令法界无子众生。欲求女者。诞生端正福德柔顺。众人爱敬有相之女。

“Fourteenth: in this three-thousand-great-thousand world system with its billions of suns and moons, as many Dharma Princes as there are grains of sand in sixty-two Ganges Rivers appear in the world and cultivate the dharma. They act as models in order to teach and transform living beings. They comply with living beings by means of expedients and wisdom, in different ways for each.

十四者。此三千大千世界。百亿日月。现住世间诸法王子。有六十二恒河沙数。修法垂范。教化众生。随顺众生。方便智慧。各各不同。

“However, because I have obtained the perfect penetration of the sense-organ and have discovered the wonder of the earentrance, after which my body and mind subtly and miraculously included all of the Dharma Realm, I am able to make it so that living beings who uphold my name obtain as much merit and virtue as would be obtained by a person who upheld the names of all those Dharma Princes who are as many as the grains of sand in sixty-two Ganges Rivers.

由我所得圆通本根。发妙耳门。然后身心微妙含容。周遍法界。能令众生持我名号。与彼共持六十二恒河沙诸法王子。二人福德。正等无异。

“World Honored One, there is no difference between the merit of my one name and the merit of those many other names, because from my cultivation I obtained true and perfect penetration.

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世尊。我一名号。与彼众多名号无异。由我修习得真圆通。

“These are called the fourteen powers of bestowing fearlessness; with them I bless living beings.

是名十四施无畏力。福备众生。

“Moreover, World Honored One, because I obtained perfect penetration and cultivated to certification of the unsurpassed path, I also became endowed with four inconceivable and effortless wonderful virtues.

世尊。我又获是圆通。修证无上道故。又能善获四不思议无作妙德。

“First: as soon as I obtained the miraculous wonder of hearing the mind, the mind became essential and the hearing was forgotten, therefore, there was no distinction between seeing, hearing, sensation, and knowing. I achieved a single, perfect fusion – pure and precious enlightenment. For this reason, I am able to manifest many wonderful appearances and can proclaim boundless secret spiritual mantras.

一者。由我初获妙妙闻心。心精遗闻。见闻觉知不能分隔。成一圆融清净宝觉。故我能现众多妙容。能说无边秘密神咒。

“For example, I may make appear one head, three heads, five heads, seven heads, nine heads, eleven heads, and so forth, until there may be a hundred and eight heads, a thousand heads, ten thousand heads, or eighty-four thousand vajra heads;其中或现一首、三首、五首、七首、九首、十一首。如是乃至一百八首、千首万首、八万四千烁迦罗首。

“Two arms, four arms, six arms, eight arms, ten arms, twelve arms, fourteen, sixteen, eighteen arms, or twenty arms, twenty-four arms, and so forth until there may be a hundred and eight arms, a thousand arms, ten thousand arms, or eightyfour thousand mudra arms;二臂、四臂、六臂、八臂、十臂、十二臂。十四、十六、十八、二十至二十四。如是乃至一百八臂、千臂万臂、八万四千母陀罗臂。

“Two eyes, three eyes, four eyes, nine eyes, and so forth until there may be a hundred and eight eyes, a thousand eyes, ten thousand eyes, or eighty-four thousand pure and precious eyes,二目、三目、四目、九目。如是乃至一百八目、千目万目、八万四千清净宝目。

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“Sometimes compassionate, sometimes awesome, sometimes in samadhi, sometimes displaying wisdom to rescue and protect living beings so that they may attain great self-mastery.

或慈或威。或定或慧。救护众生。得大自在。

“Second: because of hearing and consideration, I escaped the six defiling objects, just as a sound leaps over a wall without hindrance. And so I have the wonderful ability to manifest shape after shape and to recite mantra upon mantra. These shapes and these mantras dispel the fears of living beings. Therefore, throughout the ten directions, in as many lands as there are fine motes of dust, I am known as one who bestows fearlessness.

二者。由我闻思。脱出六尘。如声度垣。不能为碍。故我妙能现一一形。诵一一咒。其形其咒。能以无畏施诸众生。是故十方微尘国土。皆名我为施无畏者。

“Third: because I cultivated fundamental, wonderful, perfect penetration and purified the sense-organ, everywhere I go in any world I can make it so that living beings renounce their physical and material valuables to seek my sympathy.

三者。由我修习本妙圆通清净本根。所游世界。皆令众生舍身珍宝。求我哀愍。

“Fourth: I obtained the Buddhas’ mind and was certified as having attained the ultimate end, and so I can make offerings of rare treasures to the Thus Come Ones of the ten directions and to living beings in the six paths throughout the Dharma Realm.

四者。我得佛心。证于究竟。能以珍宝种种。供养十方如来。傍及法界六道众生。

“If they seek a spouse, they obtain a spouse. If they seek children, they can have children. Seeking samadhi, they obtain samadhi; seeking long life, they obtain long life, and so forth to the extent that if they seek the great Nirvana, they obtain great Nirvana.

求妻得妻。求子得子。求三昧得三昧。求长寿得长寿。如是乃至求大涅盘得大涅盘。

“The Buddha asks about perfect penetration. From the gateway of the ear, I obtained a perfect and illumining samadhi. The conditioned mind was at ease,

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and therefore I entered the appearance of the flow, and obtaining samadhi, I accomplished Bodhi. This is the foremost method.

佛问圆通。我从耳门圆照三昧。缘心自在。因入流相。得三摩提。成就菩提。斯为第一。

“World Honored One, that Buddha, the Thus Come One, praised me as having obtained well the dharma-door of perfect penetration. In the great assembly he bestowed a prediction upon me and the name, Gwan Shr Yin.

世尊彼佛如来。叹我善得圆通法门。于大会中。授记我为观世音号。

“Because my contemplation and listening is perfectly clear throughout the ten directions, the name Gwan Shr Yin pervades all the realms of the ten directions.”

由我观听。十方圆明。故观音名遍十方界。

Then the World Honored One upon the Lion’s Throne emitted simultaneously from his five extremities a precious light which shone far throughout the ten directions to anoint the crowns of as many Thus Come Ones and Dharma-Prince Bodhisattvas as there are motes of dust.

尔时世尊于师子座。从其五体同放宝光。远灌十方微尘如来。及法王子诸菩萨顶。

All those Thus Come Ones also emitted from their five extremities precious lights which were as numerous as motes of dust and which came from the various directions to anoint the crown of the Buddha as well as the crowns of all the great Bodhisattvas and Arhats in the assembly.

彼诸如来。亦于五体同放宝光。从微尘方来灌佛顶。并灌会中诸大菩萨及阿罗汉。

Groves, trees, pools, and ponds all proclaimed the sound of Dharma. The lights blended and criss-crossed like a jeweled silken net. It was an unprecedented event for everyone in the great assembly, and they all attained the Vajra Samadhi.

林木池沼。皆演法音。交光相罗。如宝丝网。是诸大众。得未曾有。一切普获金刚三昧。

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Then the heavens rained down hundreds of precious lotus flowers of variegated combinations of green, yellow, red, and white. All the space in the ten directions turned the colors of the seven gems.

实时天雨百宝莲华。青黄赤白。间错纷糅。十方虚空。成七宝色。

This Saha world with its mountains, rivers, and great earth disappeared totally, and all that could be seen were lands as numerous as motes of dust coming together as one realm. Pure praises in songs and chants spontaneously pervaded in celebration.

此娑婆界大地山河。俱时不现。唯见十方微尘国土。合成一界。梵呗咏歌。自然敷奏。

Then the Thus Come One said to Dharma-Prince Manjushri, “You should now contemplate these twenty-five great Bodhisattvas and Arhats who are beyond study. Each has explained the initial expedient in his accomplishment of the Way. All say they have cultivated to true and actual perfect penetration. Their cultivation is equal without distinctions of superior and inferior or earlier and later.

于是如来。告文殊师利法王子。汝今观此二十五无学诸大菩萨。及阿罗汉。各说最初成道方便。皆言修习真实圆通。彼等修行。实无优劣前后差别。

“I now wish to cause Ananda to become enlightened, and so I ask which of these twenty-five practices is appropriate to his faculties, and which will be, after my extinction, the easiest expedient door for living beings of this realm to enter in order to accomplish the Bodhisattva vehicle and seek the unsurpassed Way.”

我今欲令阿难开悟。二十五行谁当其根。兼我灭后。此界众生。入菩萨乘。求无上道。何方便门得易成就。

Dharma Prince, Manjushri, receiving the Buddha’s compassionate instruction, arose from his seat, bowed at the Buddha’s feet, and, basing himself on the Buddha’s awesome spirit, spoke verses to the Buddha.

文殊师利法王子。奉佛慈旨。即从座起。顶礼佛足。承佛威神说偈对佛。

"The sea of enlightenment in nature is perfect and clear. 觉海性澄圆。

Complete, distinct Bodhi is a miraculous source. 圆澄觉元妙。

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But when basic brightness shone so that objects appeared, 元明照生所。

With objects’ existence, the nature’s brilliance ceased. 所立照性亡。

Confusion and falseness bring about emptiness. 迷妄有虚空。

Relying on emptiness, time and space take form. 依空立世界。

Thoughts settle, making countries and lands. 想澄成国土。

What knows and feels becomes living beings. 知觉乃众生。

The emptiness created within Great Enlightenment, 空生大觉中。

Is like a single bubble in all the sea. 如海一沤发。

Lands like fine dust motes, subject to outflows, 有漏微尘国。

All come forth out of empty space. 皆依空所生。

Just as the bubble bursts, space is no longer there. 沤灭空本无。

How much the less the three states of being! 况复诸三有。

Returning to the source, the nature is not two. 归元性无二。

Many are the entrances through expedients; 方便有多门。

None of them does the sagely nature fail to go through. 圣性无不通。

Compliant or adverse, all is expedient. 顺逆皆方便。

First resolve and entering samadhi, 初心入三味。

Come slow or fast as there are different norms. 迟速不同伦。

Form and thought combined become the ‘dust.’ 色想结成尘。

Their essence is not discernible. 精了不能彻。

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How can one use what lacks clarity, 如何不明彻。

And expect to gain perfect penetration? 于是获圆通。

In sounds, language is intermingled. 音声杂语言。

But the meaning in a word, a name, a phrase, 但伊名句味。

Is such that no single one can include them all. 一非含一切。

How can this bring perfect penetration? 云何获圆通。

Awareness of smells comes through contact with them. 香以合中知。

Apart from them, one does not know that they exist. 离则元无有。

Since sensation of them is not constant, 不恒其所觉。

How can one reach perfect penetration? 云何获圆通。

Flavors are not to us fundamental. 味性非本然。

They only exist when there is something to taste. 要以味时有。

Since this sensation is not perpetual, 其觉不恒一。

How can one derive perfect penetration? 云何获圆通。

Touch becomes clear only when something is touched. 触以所触明。

Without an object there can be no contact. 无所不明触。

With fluctuation between contact and separation, 合离性非定。

How can one gain perfect penetration? 云何获圆通。

Dharmas are known as ‘internal dust.’ 法称为内尘。

Reckoned as ‘dust,’ they are certainly sense objects. 凭尘必有所。

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Involvement of subject and object cannot be pervasive; 能所非遍涉。

How then can they lead to perfect penetration? 云何获圆通。

Although seeing itself is clear and penetrating, 见性虽洞然。

Making bright what is before one, it cannot shine behind. 明前不明后。

Ever reaching only half the four directions, 四维亏一半。

How can it manifest perfect penetration? 云何获圆通。

The nose’s breath penetrates in and out. 鼻息出入通。

But in the rests between there is no air. 现前无交气。

These interruptions render it inconsistent. 支离匪涉入。

How can one use it for perfect penetration? 云何获圆通。

The tongue is not an organ apart from cause; 舌非入无端。

Flavors form the source of its sensation. 因味生觉了。

When flavors cease, it knows nothing at all. 味亡了无有。

How can it attain perfect penetration? 云何获圆通。

It is the same for the body as for objects of touch. 身与所触同。

Neither can be regarded as a perfect awareness. 各非圆觉观。

With defined and limited invisible divisions, 涯量不冥会。

How can it be used for perfect penetration? 云何获圆通。

The mind’s knowledge is a mass of deliberations. 知根杂乱思。

What it perceives is never profound insight. 湛了终无见。

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Unable to get beyond reflection and thought, 想念不可脱。

How can it reveal perfect penetration? 云何获圆通。

The seeing-consciousness combines three aspects. 识见杂三和。

Probe its origin: it has no appearance. 诘本称非相。

Since its very substance is variable, 自体先无定。

How can it bring perfect penetration? 云何获圆通。

The heart of hearing penetrates the ten directions. 心闻洞十方。

When borne on the strength of great causes, 生于大因力。

Those of initial resolve cannot enter this way. 初心不能入。

How can one expect to gain perfect penetration? 云何获圆通。

Reflecting on the nose is a provisional method. 鼻想本权机。

It only serves to gather in and settle the mind. 只令摄心住。

Once settled, the mind is simply still. 住成心所住。

How can that be perfect penetration? 云何获圆通。

Speaking Dharma through the medium of language, 说法弄音文。

Is enlightened to by those of former accomplishment. 开悟先成者。

But words and phrases are not free of outflows. 名句非无漏。

How can this make perfect penetration? 云何获圆通。

Refraining from transgressions only controls the body. 持犯但束身。

Lacking a body, there is nothing to restrain. 非身无所束。

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Since its source is not all-pervasive, 元非遍一切。

How can it bring perfect penetration? 云何获圆通。

Spiritual penetrations are based on past causes. 神通本宿因。

What connection have they with distinguishing dharmas? 何关法分别。

Conditioned thought is not apart from things. 念缘非离物。

How can one attain perfect penetration? 云何获圆通。

One may contemplate the nature of earth, 若以地性观。

But it is firm and solid, not penetrable. 坚碍非通达。

What is conditioned is not the sagely nature. 有为非圣性。

How can one use it for perfect penetration? 云何获圆通。

One may contemplate the nature of water, 若以水性观。

But such mental reflection is not the true and real. 想念非真实。

This state of suchness is not an enlightened view. 如如非觉观。

How can it give perfect penetration? 云何获圆通。

One may contemplate the nature of fire, 若以火性观。

But admitting dislike is not true renunciation. 厌有非真离。

This expedient cannot be one for beginners. 非初心方便。

How can one use it for perfect penetration? 云何获圆通。

One may contemplate the nature of wind, 若以风性观。

But movement and stillness are not non-dual. 动寂非无对。

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Duality cannot bring highest enlightenment. 对非无上觉。

How can one expect perfect penetration? 云何获圆通。

One may contemplate the nature of emptiness. 若以空性观。

But, its aspect is murky and dull; it lacks awareness. 昏钝先非觉。

What is unaware is different from Bodhi. 无觉异菩提。

How can it bring perfect penetration? 云何获圆通。

One may contemplate the nature of consciousness; 若以识性观。

But one is regarding a consciousness that is not eternal. 观识非常住。

Even the thought of it is empty and false. 存心乃虚妄。

How can one get perfect penetration? 云何获圆通。

All activities are impermanent. 诸行是无常。

So, too, mindfulness has its origin in rising and ceasing. 念性元生灭。

Since cause and effect go beyond cause and effect, 因果今殊感。

How can we use it for perfect penetration? 云何获圆通。

I now say this, World Honored One, 我今白世尊。

Buddha, who has revealed the Saha world: 佛出娑婆界。

In this land the true substance of teaching 此方真教体。

Resides in hearing the sounds purely. 清净在音闻。

If one wants to attain samadhi, 欲取三摩提。

Hearing is the best way to enter. 实以闻中入。

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Apart from suffering, liberation is found. 离苦得解脱。

How excellent is he who contemplates the world’s sounds! 良哉观世音。

Throughout kalpas as numerous as Ganges’ sands, 于恒沙劫中。

He enters Buddhalands as many as fine dust motes. 入微尘佛国。

Obtaining great power of self-mastery, 得大自在力。

He bestows fearlessness on living beings. 无畏施众生。

Wonderful is the sound of Gwan Shr Yin, 妙音观世音。

A pure sound, like the ocean’s roar. 梵音海潮音。

He saves the world and brings peace to all within it. 救世悉安宁。

He has transcended the world, and his attainment is eternal. 出世获常住。

I now make this report, 0 Thus Come One, 我今启如来。

Regarding what Gwan Yin has just explained: 如观音所说。

It is like someone in a quiet place 譬如人静居。

When drums are rolled throughout the ten directions, 十方俱击鼓Hearing at once the sounds from all ten places. 十处一时闻。

This, then, is the actual true perfection. 此则圆真实。

The eyes cannot see through solid forms. 目非观障外。

Mouth and nose are much the same. 口鼻亦复然。

The body registers awareness only through contact. 身以合方知。

Tangled in thoughts, the mind lacks clear connections. 心念纷无绪。

Sounds can be heard even through solid walls. 隔垣听音响。

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One can listen to things both near and far. 遐迩俱可闻。

None of the other five organs can match this. 五根所不齐。

It, then, is penetration true and real. 是则通真实。

The nature of sounds is based in movement and stillness. 音声性动静。

One hears according to whether there is sound. 闻中为有无。

With no sound, there is said to be no hearing. 无声号无闻。

But this does not mean that the hearing has no nature. 非实闻无性。

In the absence of sound, the nature is not gone. 声无既无灭。

Nor does it arise in the presence of sound. 声有亦非生。

Entirely beyond production and extinction. 生灭二圆离。

It is, then, truly everlasting. 是则常真实。

Ever-present, even in dream-thinking, 纵令在梦想。

It does not disappear when conditions and thought are gone. 不为不思无。

Enlightened, this contemplation transcends cognition, 觉观出思惟。

Reaching beyond both the body and the mind. 身心不能及。

Now, in the Saha world, the theory of soundsHas been proclaimed and understood. 今此娑婆国。声论得宣明。

Living beings are confused about the source of hearing. 众生迷本闻。

They follow sounds and so they turn and flow. 循声故流转。

Ananda’s power to remember was exceptional; 阿难纵强记。

Nonetheless, he fell prey to a deviant plot. 不免落邪思。

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Was it not from heeding sounds that he was nearly lost? 岂非随所沦。

By turning back the flow, one will make no such mistake. 旋流获无妄。

Ananda, you should listen attentively: 阿难汝谛听。

I rely upon the Buddha’s awesome power, 我承佛威力。

In describing to you the Vajra King, 宣说金刚王。

A samadhi inconceivable of likeness to illusions. 如幻不思议。

It is the true mother of all Buddhas. 佛母真三昧。

You may hear the secret Dharma-doorsOf Buddhas as numerous as motes of dust, 汝闻微尘佛。一切秘密门。

But without first renouncing desire and outflows, 欲漏不先除。

You may amass learning, but you will still make mistakes. 畜闻成过误。

You concentrate on learning to uphold the Buddha’s Dharma. 将闻持佛佛。

Why don’t you listen to your own hearing? 何不自闻闻。

Hearing does not spontaneously arise; 闻非自然生。

Because of sound it gets its name. 因声有名字。

But when hearing returns and is free of sound, 旋闻与声脱。

What does one call that which is set free? 能脱欲谁名。

As soon as one sense-organ returns to the source, 一根既返源。

The entire six are liberated. 六根成解脱。

Sight and hearing are like an illusory covering. 见闻如幻翳。

The Triple Realm, a vision of flowers in space. 三界若空华。

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When hearing reverts, the cataract is gone. 闻复翳根除。

The ‘dust’ gives way to pure and perfect insight. 尘销觉圆净。

When purity is ultimate, the light is penetrating. 净极光通达。

A stillness shines and includes within it all of emptiness. 寂照含虚空。

Looking at the world from this point of view, 却来观世间。

Everything that happens is just like a dream. 犹如梦中事。

Matangi’s daughter, too, is part of the dream. 摩登伽在梦。

Who was able, then, to physically detain you? 谁能留汝形。

It is like a puppeteer who plays with shadows 如世巧幻师。

And works the dolls to seem as real as people. 幻作诸男女。

Although one sees them move about freely, 虽见诸根动。

They are really governed by a set of strings. 要以一机抽。

Cease operating the controls and they return to stillness. 息机归寂然。

The entire illusion is without a nature. 诸幻成无性。

The six sense-organs are also thus. 六根亦如是。

At first there was one essential brightness. 元依一精明。

Which split into a six-fold combination. 分成六和合。

If but one part ceases and returns, 一处成休复。

All six functions will stop as well. 六用皆不成。

In response to a thought, defiling objects vanish, 尘垢应念销。

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Becoming pure and wonderful perfect brightness. 成圆明净妙。

If there is residual defilement, one must still study. 余尘尚诸学。

When the brightness is ultimate, that is the Tathagata. 明极即如来。

Ananda, and everyone in the great assembly, 大众及阿难。

Turn yourselves around and revert the hearing. 旋汝倒闻机。

Return the hearing and listen to the self nature反闻闻自性。

Till the nature reaches the supreme way. 性成无上道。

That is what perfect penetration really means. 圆通实如是。

It is the gateway entered by Buddhas as many as dust motes.

It is the one path to Nirvana. 此是微尘佛。一路涅盘门。

Thus Come Ones of the past perfected this method. 过去诸如来。斯门已成就。

Bodhisattvas now merge with this total brightness. 现在诸菩萨。今各入圆明。

People of the future who study and practice 未来修学人。

Will also rely on this Dharma. 当依如是法。

Through this method I, too, have been certified. 我亦从中证。

Gwan Shr Yin Bodhisattva was not alone in using it. 非唯观世音。

As the Buddha, the World Honored One, requested,I choose sincerely a skill-in-means, 诚如佛世尊。询我诸方便。

One to save those in the final aeon 以救诸末劫。

Who seek to escape the mundane world, 求出世间人。

And perfect the heart of Nirvana: 成就涅盘心。

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The best way is to contemplate the sounds of the world. 观世音为最。

All the other kinds of expedients 自余诸方便。

Require the awesome spirit of the Buddha. 皆是佛威神。

In some cases they bring immediate transcendence, 即事舍尘劳。

But they are not the customary means of practice, 非是长修学。

Spoken for those of shallow and deep roots alike. 浅深同说法。

I bow to the Ones Come Thus and the Tripitaka, 顶礼如来藏。

And to those inconceivable ones with no outflows, 无漏不思议。

Trusting they will aid those in the future, 愿加被未来。

So that no one will doubt this dharma-door. 于此门无惑。

It is an expedient easy to master; 方便易成就。

An appropriate teaching for Ananda 堪以教阿难。

And for those immersed in the final age. 及末劫沉沦。

They should cultivate this organ of hearing, 但以此根修。

A perfect penetration that surpasses all others. 圆通超余者。

It is the way to the true mind.” 真实心如是。

Thereupon, Ananda and all in the great assembly experienced a clarity of body and mind. Having attained such profound instruction, they contemplated the Buddha’s Bodhi and Parinirvana like someone who, having traveled far on business, knows that he is on the road home, though he has not returned completely.

于是阿难及诸大众。身心了然。得大开示。观佛菩提及大涅盘。犹如有人因事远游。未得归还。明了其家所归道路。

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Throughout the entire assembly, the gods, dragons, and all the eightfold division, those of the two vehicles who were not yet beyond study, as well as all the Bodhisattvas of initial resolve, as numerous as the sands in ten Ganges Rivers, found their fundamental mind and, far removed from dust and defilement, attained the purity of the Dharma Eye.

普会大众。天龙八部。有学二乘。及诸一切新发心菩萨。其数凡有十恒河沙。皆得本心。远尘离垢。获法眼净。

The Bhikshuni named “Nature” attained Arhatship after hearing this verse. And limitless beings brought forth a matchless, unequalled resolve for Annuttarasamyaksambodhi.

性比丘尼闻说偈已。成阿罗汉。无量众生。皆发无等等阿耨多罗三藐三菩提心。

Ananda straightened his robes and then bowed in the midst of the assembly and placed his palms together. The tracks of his mind were perfectly clear, and he felt a mixture of joy and sorrow. His intent was to benefit beings in the future as he made obeisance and said to the Buddha, “Greatly Compassionate World Honored One, I have already awakened and attained this Dharma-door for becoming a Buddha, and I can cultivate it without the slightest doubt.

阿难整衣服。于大众中合掌顶礼。心迹圆明。悲欣交集。欲益未来诸众生故。稽首白佛。大悲世尊。我今已悟成佛法门。是中修行。得无疑惑。

“I have often heard the Thus Come One say, ‘Save others first then save yourself. That is the aspiration of a Bodhisattva. Once your own enlightenment is perfected, then you can enlighten others. That is the way the Thus Come One responds to the world.’ Although I am not yet saved, I vow to save all living beings in the Dharma-ending Age.

常闻如来说如是言“自未得度先度人者。菩萨发心。自觉已圆能觉他者。如来应世。”我虽未度。愿度末劫一切众生。

“World Honored One, those living beings will gradually drift away from the Buddha, and there will be as many deviant teachers propounding their methods as there are sands in the Ganges. I want to enable those beings to collect their thoughts and enter samadhi. How can I cause them to reside peacefully in a bodhimanda, far from the exploits of demons, and be irreversible in their resolve for Bodhi?”

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世尊。此诸众生。去佛渐远。邪师说法。如恒河沙。欲摄其心入三摩地。云何令其安立道场。远诸魔事。于菩提心得无退屈。

At that time, the World Honored One praised Ananda in front of the whole assembly, saying, “Good indeed! How good it is that you have asked how to establish a Bodhimanda and to rescue and protect living beings who are sunk in the morass of the final age. Listen well, now, and I will tell you.” Ananda and the great assembly agreed to uphold the teaching.

尔时世尊于大众中。称赞阿难。善哉善哉。如汝所问安立道场。救护众生末劫沉溺。汝今谛听。当为汝说。阿难大众。唯然奉教。

The Buddha told Ananda, “You constantly hear me explain in the Vinaya that there are three unalterable aspects to cultivation. That is, collecting one’s thoughts constitutes the precepts; from the precepts comes samadhi; and out of Samadhi arises wisdom. Samadhi arises from precepts, and wisdom is revealed out of samadhi. These are called the ‘Three Non-Outflow Studies.’

佛告阿难。汝常闻我毗奈耶中。宣说修行三决定义。所谓摄心为戒。因戒生定。因定发慧。是则名为三无漏学。

“Ananda, why do I call collecting one’s thoughts the precepts? If living beings in the six paths of any mundane world had no thoughts of lust, they would not have to follow a continual succession of births and deaths.

阿难。云何摄心我名为戒。若诸世界六道众生。其心不淫。则不随其生死相续。

“Your basic purpose in cultivating is to transcend the wearisome defilements. But if you don’t renounce your lustful thoughts, you will not be able to get out of the dust.

汝修三昧。本出尘劳。淫心不除。尘不可出。

“Even though one may have some wisdom and the manifestation of Ch’an samadhi, one is certain to enter demonic paths if one does not cut off lust. At best, one will be a demon king; on the average, one will be in the retinue of demons; at the lowest level, one will be a female demon.

纵有多智。禅定现前。如不断淫。必落魔道。上品魔王、中品魔民、下品魔女。

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“These demons have their groups of disciples. Each says of himself that he has accomplished the Unsurpassed Way.

彼等诸魔。亦有徒众。各各自谓成无上道。

“After my extinction, in the Dharma-ending Age, these hordes of demons will abound, spreading like wildfire as they openly practice greed and lust. Claiming to be good knowing advisors, they will cause living beings to fall into the pit of love and views and lose the way to Bodhi.

我灭度后。末法之中。多此魔民。炽盛世间。广行贪淫。为善知识。令诸众生。落爱见坑。失菩提路。

“When you teach people in the world to cultivate samadhi, they must first of all sever the mind of lust. This is the first clear and unalterable instruction on purity given by the Thus Come Ones and the Buddhas of the past, World Honored Ones.

汝教世人修三摩地。先断心淫。是名如来先佛世尊。第一决定清净明诲。

“Therefore, Ananda, if cultivators of Ch’an samadhi do not cut off lust, they will be like someone who cooks sand in the hope of getting rice. After hundreds of thousands of aeons, it will still be just hot sand. Why? It wasn’t rice to begin with; it was only sand.

是故阿难。若不断淫。修禅定者。如蒸砂石。欲其成饭。经百千劫只名热砂。何以故。此非饭本。砂石成故。

“If you seek the Buddha’s wonderful fruition and still have physical lust, then even if you attain a wonderful awakening, it will be based in lust. With lust at the source, you will revolve in the three paths and not be able to get out. Which road will you take to cultivate and be certified to the Thus Come One’s Nirvana?

汝以淫身。求佛妙果。纵得妙悟。皆是淫根。根本成淫。轮转三涂。必不能出。如来涅盘。何路修证。

“You must cut off the lust which is intrinsic in both body and mind. Then get rid of even the aspect of cutting it off. At that point you have some hope of attaining the Buddha’s Bodhi.

必使淫机身心俱断。断性亦无。于佛菩提斯可希冀。

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“What I have said here is the Buddha’s teaching. Any explanation counter to it is the teaching of Papiyan.

如我此说。名为佛说。不如此说。即波旬说。

“Further, Ananda, if living beings in the six paths of any mundane world had no thoughts of killing, they would not have to follow a continual succession of births and deaths.

阿难。又诸世界六道众生。其心不杀。则不随其生死相续。

“Your basic purpose in cultivating samadhi is to transcend the wearisome defilements. But if you do not renounce your thoughts of killing, you will not be able to get out of the dust.

汝修三昧。本出尘劳。杀心不除。尘不可出。

“Even though one may have some wisdom and the manifestation of Ch’an samadhi, one is certain to enter the path of spirits if one does not cease killing. At best, a person will become a mighty ghost; on the average, one will become a flying yaksha, a ghost leader, or the like; at the lowest level, one will become an earth-bound rakshasa.

纵有多智。禅定现前。如不断杀。必落神道。上品之人。为大力鬼。中品则为飞行夜叉诸鬼帅等。下品当为地行罗刹。

“These ghosts and spirits have their groups of disciples. Each says of himself that he has accomplished the Unsurpassed Way.

彼诸鬼神亦有徒众。各各自谓成无上道。

“After my extinction, in the Dharma-ending Age, these hordes of ghosts and spirits will abound, spreading like wildfire as they argue that eating meat will bring one to the Bodhi Way.

我灭度后。末法之中。多此鬼神。炽盛世间。自言食肉得菩提路。

“Ananda, I permit the Bhikshus to eat five kinds of pure meat. This meat is actually a transformation brought into being by my spiritual powers. It basically has no life-force. You Brahmans live in a climate so hot and humid, and on such sandy and rocky land, that vegetables will not grow; therefore, I have had to assist you with spiritual powers and compassion. Because of the magnitude of

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this kindness and compassion, what you eat that tastes like meat is merely said to be meat; in fact, however, it is not. After my extinction, how can those who eat the flesh of living beings be called the disciples of Shakya?

阿难。我令比丘食五净肉。此肉皆我神力化生。本无命根。汝婆罗门。地多蒸湿。加以砂石。草菜不生。我以大悲神力所加。因大慈悲假名为肉。汝得其味。奈何如来灭度之后。食众生肉。名为释子。

“You should know that these people who eat meat may gain some awareness and may seem to be in samadhi, but they are all great rakshasas. When their retribution ends, they are bound to sink into the bitter sea of birth and death. They are not disciples of the Buddha. Such people as these kill and eat one another in a never-ending cycle. How can such people transcend the Triple Realm?

汝等当知。是食肉人。纵得心开似三摩地。皆大罗刹。报终必沉生死苦海。非佛弟子。如是之人。相杀相吞。相食未已。云何是人得出三界。

“When you teach people in the world to cultivate samadhi, they must also cut off killing. This is the second clear and unalterable instruction on purity given by the Thus Come Ones and the Buddhas of the past, World Honored Ones.

汝教世人修三摩地。次断杀生。是名如来先佛世尊。第二决定清净明诲。

“Therefore, Ananda, if cultivators of Ch’an samadhi do not cut off killing, they are like one who stops up his ears and calls out in a loud voice, expecting no one to hear him. It is to wish to hide what is completely evident.

是故阿难。若不断杀。修禅定者。譬如有人。自塞其耳。高声大叫。求人不闻。此等名为欲隐弥露。

“Bodhisattvas and bhikshus who practice purity will not even step on grass in the pathway; even less will they pull it up with their hand. How can one with great compassion pick up the flesh and blood of living beings and proceed to eat his fill?

清净比丘及诸菩萨。于歧路行。不蹋生草。况以手拔。云何大悲。取诸众生血肉充食。

“Bhikshus who do not wear silk, leather boots, furs, or down from this country or consume milk, cream, or butter can truly transcend this world. When they have paid back their past debts, they will not have to re-enter the Triple Realm.

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若诸比丘。不服东方丝绵绢帛。及是此土靴履裘毳。奶酪醍醐。如是比丘。于世真脱。酬还宿债。不游三界。

“Why? It is because when one wears something taken from a living creature, one creates conditions with it, just as when people eat the hundred grains, their feet cannot leave the earth. Both physically and mentally one must avoid the bodies and the by-products of living beings, by neither wearing them nor eating them. I say that such people have true liberation.

何以故。服其身分。皆为彼缘。如人食其地中百谷。足不离地。必使身心。于诸众生若身身分。身心二涂。不服不食。我说是人真解脱者。

“What I have said here is the Buddha’s teaching. Any explanation counter to it is the teaching of Papiyan.

如我此说。名为佛说。不如此说。即波旬说。

“Further, Ananda, if living beings in the six paths of any mundane world had no thoughts of stealing, they would not have to follow a continuous succession of births and deaths.

阿难。又复世界六道众生。其心不偷。则不随其生死相续。

“Your basic purpose in cultivating samadhi is to transcend the wearisome defilements. But if you do not renounce your thoughts of stealing, you will not be able to get out of the dust.

汝修三昧。本出尘劳。偷心不除。尘不可出。

“Even though one may have some wisdom and the manifestation of Ch’an samadhi, one is certain to enter a devious path if one does not cease stealing. At best, one will be an apparition; on the average, one will become a phantom; at the lowest level, one will be a devious person who is possessed by a mei ghost.

纵有多智。禅定现前。如不断偷。必落邪道。上品精灵、中品妖魅、下品邪人。诸魅所著。

“These devious hordes have their groups of disciples. Each says of himself that he has accomplished the Unsurpassed Way.

彼等群邪亦有徒众。各各自谓成无上道。

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“After my extinction, in the Dharma-ending Age, these phantoms and apparitions will abound, spreading like wildfire as they surreptitiously cheat others. Calling themselves good knowing advisors, they will each say that they have attained the superhuman dharmas. Enticing and deceiving the ignorant, or frightening them out of their wits, they disrupt and lay waste to households wherever they go.

我灭度后。末法之中。多此妖邪。炽盛世间。潜匿奸欺。称善知识。各自谓已得上人法。诱惑无识。恐令失心。所过之处。其家耗散。

“I teach the bhikshus to beg for their food in an assigned place, in order to help them renounce greed and accomplish the Bodhi Way. The bhikshus do not prepare their own food, so that, at the end of this life of transitory existence in the triple realm, they can show themselves to be once-returners who go and do not come back.

我教比丘循方乞食。令其舍贪。成菩提道。诸比丘等。不自熟食。寄于残生。旅泊三界。示一往还。去已无返。

“How can thieves put on my robes and sell the Thus Come One, saying that all manner of karma one creates is just the Buddhadharma? They slander those who have left the homelife and regard bhikshus who have taken complete precepts as belonging to the path of the Small Vehicle. Because of such doubts and misjudgments, limitless living beings fall into the Unintermittent Hell.

云何贼人假我衣服。裨贩如来。造种种业。皆言佛法。却非出家俱戒比丘。为小乘道。由是疑误无量众生。堕无间狱。

“I say that bhikshus who after my extinction have decisive resolve to cultivate samadhi, and who before the images of Thus Come Ones can burn a candle on their bodies, or burn off a finger, or burn even one incense stick on their bodies, will, in that moment, repay their debts from beginningless time past.

若我灭后。其有比丘。发心决定修三摩提。能于如来形像之前。身然一灯。烧一指节。及于身上爇一香炷。我说是人无始宿债。一时酬毕。

“They can depart from the world and forever be free of outflows. Though they may not have instantly understood the Unsurpassed Enlightenment, they will already have firmly set their mind on it.

长揖世间。永脱诸漏。虽未即明无上觉路。是人于法已决定心。

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“If one does not practice any of these token renunciations of the body on the causal level, then even if one realizes the unconditioned, one will still have to come back as a person to repay one’s past debts exactly as I had to undergo the retribution of having to eat the grain meant for horses.

若不为此舍身微因。纵成无为。必还生人。酬其宿债。如我马麦正等无异。

“When you teach people in the world to cultivate samadhi, they must also cease stealing. This is the third clear and unalterable instruction on purity given by the Thus Come One and the Buddhas of the past, World Honored Ones.

汝教世人修三摩地。后断偷盗。是名如来先佛世尊。第三决定清净明诲。

“Therefore, Ananda, if cultivators of Ch’an samadhi do not cease stealing, they are like someone who pours water into a leaking cup and hopes to fill it. He may continue for as many aeons as there are fine motes of dust, but it still will not be full in the end.

是故阿难。若不断偷。修禅定者。譬如有人。水灌漏卮。欲求其满。纵经尘劫。终无平复。

“If bhikshus do not store away anything but their robes and bowls; if they give what is left over from their food-offerings to hungry living beings;若诸比丘。衣钵之余。分寸不畜。乞食余分。施饿众生。

“If they put their palms together and make obeisance to the entire great assembly; if when people scold them they can treat it as praise: if they can sacrifice their very bodies and minds, giving their flesh, bones, and blood to living creatures;于大集会。合掌礼众。有人捶詈。同于称赞。必使身心。二俱捐舍。身肉骨血。与众生共。

“and if they do not repeat the non-ultimate teachings of the Thus Come One as though they were their own explanations, misrepresenting them to those who have just begun to study, then the Buddha gives them his seal as having attained true samadhi.

不将如来不了义说。回为己解。以误初学。佛印是人得真三昧。

“What I have said here is the Buddhas’ teaching. Any explanation counter to it is the teaching of Papiyan.

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如我所说。名为佛说。不如此说。即波旬说。

“Ananda, though living beings in the six paths of any mundane world may not kill, steal, or lust either physically or mentally, these three aspects of their conduct thus being perfect. Yet if they tell lies, the samadhi they attain will not be pure. They will become demons of love and views and will lose the seed of the Thus Come One.

阿难。如是世界六道众生。虽则身心无杀盗淫。三行已圆。若大妄语。即三摩地不得清净。成爱见魔。失如来种。

“They say that they have attained what they have not attained, and that they have been certified when they have not been certified. Perhaps they seek to be foremost in the world, the most venerated and superior person. To their audiences they say that they have attained the fruition of a Shrotaapanna, the fruition of a Sakridagamin, the fruition of an Anagamin, the fruition of Arhatship, the Pratyekabuddha vehicle, or the various levels of Bodhisattvahood up to and including the Ten Grounds. In order to be revered by others and because they are greedy for offerings.

所谓未得谓得。未证言证。或求世间尊胜第一。谓前人言。我今已得须陀洹果。斯陀含果。阿那含果。阿罗汉道。辟支佛乘。十地地前诸位菩萨。求彼礼忏。贪其供养。

“These icchantikas destroy the seeds of Buddhahood just as surely as a tala tree is destroyed if it is chopped down. The Buddha predicts that such people sever their good roots forever and lose their knowledge and vision. Immersed in the sea of the Three Sufferings, they cannot attain samadhi.

是一颠迦。销灭佛种。如人以刀。断多罗木。佛记是人。永殒善根。无复知见。沈三苦海。不成三昧。

“I command the Bodhisattvas and Arhats to appear after my extinction in response-bodies in the Dharma-ending Age, and to take various forms in order to rescue those in the cycle of rebirth.

我灭度后。敕诸菩萨及阿罗汉。应身生彼末法之中。作种种形。度诸轮转。

“They should either become Shramanas, white-robed laypeople, kings, ministers or officials, virgin youths or maidens, and so forth, even prostitutes, widows, profligates, thieves, butchers, or dealers in contraband, doing the same things as

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these kinds of people while they praise the Buddha vehicle and cause them to enter samadhi in body and mind.

或作沙门、白衣、居士、人王、宰官、童男、童女。如是乃至淫女、寡妇、奸偷、屠贩。与其同事。称赞佛乘。令其身心入三摩地。

“But they should never say of themselves, ‘I am truly a Bodhisattva’; or ‘I am truly an Arhat,’ or let the Buddha’s secret cause leak out by speaking casually to those who have not yet studied.

终不自言我真菩萨。真阿罗汉。泄佛密因。轻言未学。

“How can people who make such claims, other than at the end of their lives and then only to those who inherit the teaching, be doing anything but deluding and confusing living beings and indulging in a gross false claim?

唯除命终。阴有遗付。云何是人惑乱众生。成大妄语。

“When you teach people in the world to cultivate samadhi, they must also cease all lying. This is the fourth clear and unalterable instruction on purity given by the Thus Come Ones and the Buddhas of the past, World Honored Ones.

汝教世人修三摩地。后复断除诸大妄语。是名如来先佛世尊。第四决定清净明诲。

“Therefore, Ananda, one who does not cut off lying is like a person who carves a piece of human excrement to look like chandana, hoping to make it fragrant. He is attempting the impossible.

是故阿难。若不断其大妄语者。如刻人粪为栴檀形。欲求香气。无有是处。

“I teach the bhikshus that the straight mind is the Bodhimanda and that they should practice the four awesome deportments in all their activities. Since they should be devoid of all falseness, how can they claim to have themselves attained the Dharmas of a superior person?

我教比丘直心道场。于四威仪一切行中。尚无虚假。云何自称得上人法。

“That would be like a poor person falsely calling himself an emperor; for that, he would be taken and executed. Much less should one attempt to usurp the title of Dharma King. When the cause-ground is not true, the effects will be distorted.

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One who seeks the Buddha’s Bodhi in this way is like a person who tries to bite his own navel. Who could possibly succeed?

譬如穷人妄号帝王。自取诛灭。况复法王。如何妄窃。因地不真。果招纡曲。求佛菩提。如噬脐人。欲谁成就。

“If bhikshus’ minds are as straight as lute strings, true and real in everything they do, then they can enter samadhi and never be involved in the deeds of demons. I certify that such people will accomplish the Bodhisattvas’ Unsurpassed Knowledge and Enlightenment.

若诸比丘。心如直弦。一切真实。入三摩地。永无魔事。我印是人成就菩萨无上知觉。

“What I have said here is the Buddha’s teaching. Any explanation counter to it is the teaching of Papiyan.

如我所说。名为佛说。不如此说。即波旬说。

(End of chapter 6 卷六完)

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The Sutra of the Foremost Shurangama at the Great Buddha’s Summit Concerning the Tathagata’s Secret Cause of Cultivation, His Certification to the Complete Meaning and all Bodhisattvas’ Myriad Practices.

Chapter 7

《大佛顶如来密因修证了义诸菩萨万行首楞严经》卷七

“Ananda, you asked about collecting one’s thoughts; I have now begun to explain the wonderful method of cultivation for entrance into samadhi. Those who seek the Bodhisattva Way must first be as pure as glistening frost in keeping these four rules of deportment. If one is able to never give rise to anything superfluous, then the three evils of the mind and the four of the mouth will have no cause to come forth.

阿难。汝问摄心。我今先说入三摩地修学妙门。求菩萨道。要先持此四种律仪。皎如冰霜。自不能生一切枝叶。心三口四。生必无因。

“Ananda, if one does not neglect these four matters, and, further, if one does not pursue forms, fragrances, tastes, or objects of touch, then how can any demonic deeds arise?

阿难。如是四事。若不遗失。心尚不缘色香味触。一切魔事。云何发生。

“If there are people who cannot put an end to their habits from the past, you should teach them to single-mindedly recite my ‘light atop the Buddha’s summit’ unsurpassed spiritual mantra, mwo he sa dan dwo bwo da la.

若有宿习不能灭除。汝教是人。一心诵我佛顶光明摩诃萨怛多般怛罗无上神咒。

“It is the invisible appearance atop the summit of the Thus Come One. It is the spiritual mantra proclaimed by the Buddha of the unconditioned mind who comes forth from the summit in a blaze of light and sits upon a jeweled lotus flower.

斯是如来无见顶相。无为心佛从顶发辉。坐宝莲华所说心咒。

“What is more, your past lives with Matangi’s daughter created accumulated kalpas of causes and conditions. Your habits of fondness and emotional love go

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back not just one life, nor even just one kalpa. Yet, as soon as I proclaimed it, she was freed forever from the love in her heart and accomplished Arhatship.

且汝宿世与摩登伽。历劫因缘恩爱习气。非是一生及与一劫。我一宣扬。爱心永脱。成阿罗汉。

“That prostitute, who had no intention of cultivating, was imperceptibly aided by that spiritual power and was swiftly certified to the position beyond study; then what about you Sound-Hearers in the assembly, who seek the most supreme vehicle and are resolved to accomplish Buddhahood? For you it should be as easy as tossing dust into a favorable wind. What, then, is the problem?

彼尚淫女。无心修行。神力冥资。速证无学。云何汝等在会声闻。求最上乘决定成佛。譬如以尘扬于顺风。有何艰险。

“Those in the final age who wish to sit in a Bodhimanda must first hold the pure precepts of a bhikshu. To do so, they must find as their teacher a foremost Shramana who is pure in the precepts. If they do not encounter a member of the Sangha who is truly pure, then it is absolutely certain that their deportment in precepts and rules can not be accomplished.

若有末世欲坐道场。先持比丘清净禁戒。要当选择戒清净者。第一沙门。以为其师。若其不遇真清净僧。汝戒律仪必不成就。

“After accomplishing the precepts, they should put on fresh, clean clothes, light incense in a place where they are alone, and recite the spiritual mantra spoken by the Buddha of the Mind one hundred and eight times. After that, they should secure the boundaries and establish the Bodhimanda.

戒成已后。着新净衣。然香闲居。诵此心佛所说神咒一百八遍。然后结界。建立道场。

“In the countries within them, they should seek for the unsurpassed Thus Come Ones throughout the ten directions to emit a light of great compassion and anoint the crowns of their heads.

求于十方现住国土无上如来。放大悲光来灌其顶。

“Ananda, when any such pure bhikshus, bhikshunis, or white-robed donors in the Dharma-ending Age who can rid their minds of greed and lust hold the

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Buddha’s pure precepts, and in a bodhimanda make the vows of a Bodhisattva and can bathe upon entering each time,

阿难。如是末世清净比丘。若比丘尼。白衣檀越。心灭贪淫。持佛净戒。于道场中发菩萨愿。出入澡浴。

“and day and night for three weeks without sleep continue this practice of the Way, I will appear before these people in a physical form and rub the crowns of their heads to comfort them and enable them to become enlightened.”

六时行道。如是不寐。经三七日。我自现身至其人前。摩顶安慰。令其开悟。

Ananda said to the Buddha, “World Honored One, enveloped in the Thus Come One’s unsurpassed, compassionate instruction, my mind has already become enlightened, and I know how to cultivate and be certified to the Way Beyond Study. But for those who cultivate in the final age and want to establish a bodhimanda: how do they secure the boundaries in accord with the rules of purity of the Buddha, the World Honored One?”

阿难白佛言。世尊。我蒙如来无上悲诲。心已开悟。自知修证无学道成。末法修行建立道场。云何结界。合佛世尊清净轨则。

The Buddha said to Ananda, “If there are people in the Dharma-ending Age who wish to establish a bodhimanda, they should first find a powerful white ox in snowy mountains, one which eats the lush and fertile sweet-smelling grasses of the mountain. Since such an ox also drinks only the pure water of the snowy mountains, its excrement will be very fine. They can take that excrement, mix it with chandana, and plaster the ground with it.

佛告阿难。若末世人愿立道场。先取雪山大力白牛。食其山中肥腻香草。此牛唯饮雪山清水。其粪微细。可取其粪。和合栴檀。以泥其地。

“If it is not in the snowy mountains, the ox’s excrement will stink and cannot be used to smear on the ground. In that case, select a level place, dig down five feet or so, and use that yellow earth.

若非雪山。其牛臭秽。不堪涂地。别于平原。穿去地皮五尺已下。取其黄土。

“Mix it with chandana incense, sinking-in-water incense, jasmine incense, continuously permeating incense, burnished gold incense, white paste incense, green wood incense, fragrant mound incense, sweet pine incense, and chicken-

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tongue incense. Grind these ten ingredients to a fine powder, make a paste, and smear it on the ground of the platform. The area should be sixteen feet wide and octagonal in shape.

和上栴檀、沉水、苏合、熏陆、郁金、白胶、青木、零陵、甘松、及鸡舌香。以此十种细罗为粉。合土成泥。以涂场地。方圆丈六。为八角坛。

“In the center of the platform, place a lotus flower made of gold, silver, copper, or wood. In the middle of the flower set a bowl in which dew that has collected in the eighth lunar month has been poured. Let an abundance of flower petals float on the water. Arrange eight circular mirrors in each direction around the flower and the bowl. Outside the mirrors place sixteen lotus flowers and sixteen censers, so that the incense-burners are adorned and arranged between the flowers. Burn only sinking-in-water incense, and do not let the fire be ‘seen.’

坛心置一金银铜木所造莲华。华中安钵。钵中先盛八月露水。水中随安所有华叶。取八圆镜。各安其方。围绕华钵。镜外建立十六莲华。十六香炉。间华铺设。庄严香炉。纯烧沉水。无令见火。

“Place the milk of a white ox in sixteen vessels, along with cakes made with the milk, rock-candy, oil-cakes, porridge, turushka, honeyed ginger, clarified butter, and filtered honey. These sixteen are set around the outside of the sixteen flowers as an offering to the Buddhas and great Bodhisattvas.

取白牛乳。置十六器。乳为煎饼。并诸砂糖、油饼、乳糜、苏合、蜜姜、纯酥、纯蜜。于莲华外。各各十六围绕华外。以奉诸佛及大菩萨。

“At every mealtime and at midnight, prepare a half-pint of honey and three tenths of a pint of clarified butter. Set up a small incense burner in front of the platform. Decoct the fragrant liquid from the turushka incense and use it to cleanse the coals. Light them so that a blaze bursts forth, and toss the clarified butter and honey into the flaming censer. Let it burn until the smoke disappears, and present it to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.

每以食时。若在中夜。取蜜半升。用酥三合。坛前别安一小火炉。以兜楼婆香。煎取香水。沐浴其炭。然令猛炽。投是酥蜜于炎炉内。烧令烟尽。享佛菩萨。

“About the four outside walls one should suspend flags and flowers. And within the room where the platform is located, one should arrange on the four walls images of the Thus Come Ones and Bodhisattvas of the ten directions.

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令其四外遍悬幡华。于坛室中。四壁敷设十方如来及诸菩萨所有形像。

“In the most prominent place, display images of Vairocana Buddha, Shakyamuni Buddha, Maitreya Bodhisattva, Akshobhya Buddha, Amitabha Buddha, and all the magnificent transtions of Gwan Yin Bodhisattva. To the left and right, place the Vajra Treasformaury Bodhisattvas,

应于当阳。张卢舍那、释迦、弥勒、阿 、弥陀。诸大变化观音形像。兼金刚藏。安其左右。

“Beside them display the lords Shakra and Brahma. Ucchushma and the Blue Dirgha as well as Kundalin and Bhrukuti and all Four Heavenly Kings, with Vinayaka to the left and right of the door.

帝释、梵王、乌刍瑟摩、并蓝地迦、诸军茶利、与毗俱胝、四天王等。频那夜迦。张于门侧。左右安置。

“Then suspend eight mirrors in the space around the platform so that they are exactly opposite the mirrors on the platform. This will allow the reflections in them to interpenetrate ad infinitum.

又取八镜。覆悬虚空。与坛场中所安之镜。方面相对。使其形影重重相涉。

“During the first seven days, bow sincerely to the Thus Come Ones of the ten directions, to the great Bodhisattvas, and to the names of the Arhats. Throughout the six periods of the day and night, continually recite the mantra as you circumambulate the platform. Practice the way with a sincere mind, reciting the mantra one hundred and eight times at a stretch.

于初七中。至诚顶礼十方如来。诸大菩萨。阿罗汉号。于二六时诵咒围坛。至心行道。一时常行一百八遍。

“During the second week, direct your intent by making the vows of a Bodhisattva. The mind should never be cut off from them. In my vinaya, I have already taught about vows.

第二七中。一向专心发菩萨愿。心无间断。我毗奈耶先有愿教。

“During the third week, one holds the Buddha’s mantra, Bwo Da La, for twelve hours at a time, with a single intent; and on the seventh day, the Thus Come Ones of the ten directions will appear simultaneously. Their light will be

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mutually reflected in the mirrors and will illumine the entire place; and they will rub one on the crown of one’s head.

第三七中。于十二时。一向持佛般怛罗咒。至第七日。十方如来一时出现。镜交光处。承佛摩顶。

“If one cultivates this samadhi in the Bodhimanda, then even in the Dharma-ending Age one can study and practice until one’s body and mind are as pure and clear as Vaidurya.

即于道场修三摩地。能令如是末世修学。身心明净犹如琉璃。

“Ananda, if any one of the bhikshu’s precept transmitting masters or any one of the other bhikshus practicing with him is not pure, the Bodhimanda as described will not be successful.

阿难。若此比丘本受戒师。及同会中十比丘等。其中有一不清净者。如是道场多不成就。

“After three weeks, one sits upright and still for a hundred days. Those with sharp faculties will not arise from their seats and will become Shrotaapannas. Although their bodies and minds have not attained the ultimate fruition of sagehood, they know for certain, beyond exaggeration, that they will eventually accomplish Buddhahood.

从三七后。端坐安居。经一百日。有利根者。不起于座。得须陀洹。纵其身心圣果未成。决定自知成佛不谬。

“You have asked how the Bodhimanda is established. This is the way it is done.”

汝问道场。建立如是。

Ananda bowed at the Buddha’s feet and said, “After I left the home-life, I relied on the Buddha’s affectionate regard. Because I sought erudition, I still have not been certified to the unconditioned.

阿难顶礼佛足。而白佛言。自我出家。恃佛憍爱。求多闻故。未证无为。

“When I encountered that Brahma Heaven Mantra, I was captured by the deviant spell; though my mind was aware, I had no power to free myself. I had to rely on Manjushri Bodhisattva to liberate me. Although I was blessed by the

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Thus Come One’s spiritual mantra of the Buddha’s summit and imperceptibly received its strength, I still have not heard it myself.

遭彼梵天邪术所禁。心虽明了。力不自由。赖遇文殊。令我解脱。虽蒙如来佛顶神咒。冥获其力。尚未亲闻。

“I only hope that the greatly compassionate one will proclaim it again to kindly rescue all the cultivators in this assembly and those of the future who undergo the turning wheel, so that they may become liberated in body and mind by relying on the Buddha’s secret sounds.”

惟愿大慈重为宣说。悲救此会诸修行辈。末及当来在轮回者。承佛密音。身意解脱。

At that moment, everyone in the great assembly bowed as one and stood waiting to hear the Thus Come One’s secret divisions and phrases.

于时会中一切大众。普皆作礼。伫闻如来秘密章句。

At that time, a hundred brilliant rays sprang from the mound of the flesh on the crown of the World Honored One’s head. A thousand-petalled precious lotus arose from amidst those rays. Upon the precious flower sat the Thus Come One’s transformation.

尔时。世尊从肉髻中。涌百宝光。光中涌出千叶宝莲。有化如来。坐宝华中。

From the crown of its head, in turn, he emitted ten beams, each composed of a hundred rays of precious light. Every one of those glowing rays shone on lands as many as the sands of ten Ganges Rivers, while throughout empty space there were Vajra Secret-Traces Spirits, each holding aloft a mountain and wielding a pestle.

顶放十道百宝光明。一一光明。皆遍示现。十恒河沙。金刚密迹。擎山持杵。遍虚空界。

The great assembly, gazing upward, felt fearful admiration and sought the Buddha’s kind protection. Single-mindedly they listened as the Thus Come One in the light at the invisible appearance on the crown of the Buddha’s head proclaimed the spiritual mantra:

大众仰观。畏爱兼抱。求佛哀佑。一心听佛。无见顶相放光如来。宣说神咒。

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Ⅰ.

na mwo sa dan two su chye dwo ye 南无萨怛他 苏伽多耶

e la he di san myau san pu two sye 阿罗诃帝 三藐三菩陀写

na mwo sa dan two fwo two jyu jr shai ni shan 萨怛他 佛陀俱胝瑟尼钐

na mwo sa pe bwo two bwo di sa dwo pi bi 南无萨婆 勃陀勃地 萨跢鞞弊

na mwo sa dwo nan 南无萨多南

san myau san pu two jyu jr nan 三藐三菩陀 俱知喃

swo she la pe jya seng chye nan 娑舍罗婆迦 僧伽喃

na mwo lu ji e lwo han dwo nan 南无卢鸡阿罗汉跢喃

na mwo su lu dwo bwo nwo nan 南无苏卢多波那喃

na mwo swo jye li two chye mi nan 南无娑羯唎陀伽弥喃

na mwo lu ji san myau chye dwo nan 南无卢鸡三藐伽跢喃

san myau chye be la di bwo dwo nwo nan 三藐伽波罗 底波多那喃

na mwo ti pe li shai nan 南无提婆离瑟赧

na mwo syi two ye 南无悉陀耶

pi di ye two la li shai nan 毗地耶 陀罗离瑟赧

she pwo nu jya la he 舍波奴揭罗诃

swo he swo la mwo two nan 娑诃娑罗摩他喃

na mwo ba la he mwo ni 南无跋罗诃摩泥

na mwo yin two la ye 南无因陀罗耶

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na mwo pe chye pe di 南无婆伽婆帝

lu two la ye 嚧陀罗耶

wu bwo be di swo syi ye ye 乌摩般帝 娑酰夜耶

na mwo pe chye pe di 南无婆伽婆帝

nwo la ye na ye 那罗野 拿耶

pan je mwo he san mwo two la 盘遮摩诃三慕陀罗

na mwo syi jye li dwo ye 南无悉羯唎多耶

na mwo pe chye pe di 南无婆伽婆帝

mwo he jya la ye 摩诃迦罗耶

di li bwo la na 地唎般剌那

chye la pi two la 伽罗毗陀罗

bwo na jya la ye 波拿迦罗耶

e di mu di 阿地目帝

shr mwo she nwo ni pe syi ni 尸摩舍那泥 婆悉泥

mwo dan li chye na 摩怛唎伽拿

na mwo syi jye li dwo ye 南无悉羯唎多耶

na mwo pe chye pe di 南无婆伽婆帝

dwo two chye dwo jyu la ye 多他伽跢俱罗耶

na mwo be tou mwo jyu la ye 南无般头摩俱罗耶

na mwo ba she la jyu la ye 南无跋阇罗俱罗耶

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na mwo mwo ni jyu la ye 南无摩尼俱罗耶

na mwo chye she jyu la ye 南无伽阇俱罗耶

na mwo pe chye pe di 南无婆伽婆帝

di li cha shu la syi na 帝唎茶 输罗西那

bwo la he la na la she ye 波罗诃罗拿罗阇耶

dwo two chye dwo ye 跢他伽多耶

na mwo pe chye pe di 南无婆伽婆帝

na mwo e mi dwo pe ye 南无阿弥多婆耶

dwo two chye dwo ye 跢他伽多耶

e la he di 阿罗诃帝

san myau san pu two ye 三藐三菩陀耶

na mwo pe chye pe di 南无婆伽婆帝

e chu pi ye 阿刍鞞耶

dwo two chye dwo ye 跢他伽多耶

e la he di 阿罗诃帝

san myau san pu two ye 三藐三菩陀耶

na mwo pe chye pe di 南无婆伽婆帝

bi sha she ye 鞞沙阇耶

jyu lu fei ju li ye 俱卢吠柱唎耶

bwo la pe la she ye 般罗婆罗阇耶

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dwo two chye dwo ye 跢他伽多耶

na mwo pe chye pe di 南无婆伽婆帝

san bu shr bi dwo 三补师毖多

sa lyan nai la la she ye 萨怜捺罗剌阇耶

dwo two chye dwo ye 跢他伽多耶

e la he di 阿罗诃帝

san myau san pu two ye 三藐三菩陀耶

na mwo pe chye pe di 南无婆伽婆帝

she ji ye mu nwo ye 舍鸡野母那曳

dwo two chye dwo ye 跢他伽多耶

e la he di 阿罗诃帝

san myau san pu two ye 三藐三菩陀耶

na mwo pe chye pe di 南无婆伽婆帝

la dan na ji du la she ye 剌怛那鸡都罗阇耶

dwo two chye dwo ye 跢他伽多耶

e la he di 阿罗诃帝

san myau san pu two ye 三藐三菩陀耶

di pyau na mwo sa jye li dwo 帝瓢 南无萨羯唎多

yi tan pe chye pe dwo 翳昙婆伽婆多

sa dan two chye du shai ni shan 萨怛他伽都瑟尼钐

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sa dan dwo bwo da lan 萨怛多般怛蓝

na mwo e pe la shr dan 南无阿婆罗视耽

bwo la di yang chi la 般罗帝 扬歧罗

sa la pe bwo dwo jye la he 萨罗婆 部多揭罗诃

ni jye la he jye jya la he ni 尼羯罗诃 羯迦罗诃尼

ba la bi di ye chr two ni 跋罗毖地耶 叱陀你

e jya la mi li ju 阿迦罗 密唎柱

bwo li dan la ye ning jye li 般唎怛罗耶 儜揭唎

sa la pe pan two nwo mu cha ni 萨罗婆 盘陀那 目叉尼

sa la pe tu shai jya 萨罗婆 突瑟咤

tu syi fa bwo na ni fa la ni 突悉乏 般那你 伐罗尼

je du la shr di nan 赭都罗 失帝南

jye la he swo he sa la rau she 羯罗诃 娑诃萨罗若阇

pi dwo beng swo na jye li 毗多崩娑那羯唎

e shai ja bing she di nan 阿瑟咤冰舍帝南

na cha cha dan la rau she 那叉刹怛罗若阇

bwo la sa two na jye li 波罗萨陀那羯唎

e shai ja nan 阿瑟咤南

mwo he jye la he rau she 摩诃羯罗诃若阇

pi dwo beng sa na jye li 毗多崩萨那羯唎

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sa pe she du lu ni pe la rau she 萨婆舍都嚧 你婆罗若阇

hu lan tu syi fa nan je na she ni 呼蓝突悉乏 难遮那舍尼

pi sha she syi dan la 毖沙舍 悉怛罗

e ji ni wu two jya la rau she 阿吉尼 乌陀迦罗若阇

e bwo la shr dwo jyu la 阿般罗视多具罗

mwo he bwo la jan chr 摩诃般罗战持

mwo he dye dwo 摩诃迭多

mwo he di she 摩诃帝阇

mwo he shwei dwo she pe la 摩诃税多阇婆罗

mwo he ba la pan two la pe syi ni 摩诃跋罗盘陀罗 婆悉你

e li ye dwo la 阿唎耶多罗

pi li jyu jr 毗唎俱知

shr pe pi she ye 誓婆毗阇耶

ba she la mwo li di 跋阇罗摩礼底

pi she lu dwo 毗舍嚧多

bwo teng wang jya 勃腾罔迦

ba she la jr he nwo e je 跋阇罗制喝那阿遮

mwo la jr pe bwo la jr dwo 摩罗制婆 般罗质多

ba she la shan chr 跋阇罗擅持

pi she la je 毗舍罗遮

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shan dwo she pi ti pe bu shr dwo 扇多舍鞞提婆补视多

su mwo lu bwo 苏摩嚧波

mwo he shwei dwo 摩诃税多

e li ye dwo la 阿唎耶多罗

mwo he pe la e bwo la 摩诃婆罗阿般罗

ba she la shang jye la jr pe 跋阇罗商羯罗制婆

ba she la jyu mwo li 跋阇罗 俱摩唎

jyu lan two li 俱蓝陀唎

ba she la he sa dwo je 跋阇罗喝萨多遮

pi di ye chyan je nwo mwo li jya 毗地耶 干遮那 摩唎迦

ku su mu pe jye la dwo nwo 啒苏母婆 羯罗跢那

pi lu je na jyu li ye 鞞嚧遮那 俱唎耶

ye la tu shai ni shan 夜罗菟 瑟尼钐

pi je lan pe mwo ni je 毗折蓝婆摩尼遮

ba she la jya na jya bwo la pe 跋阇罗迦那迦波罗婆

lu she na ba she la dwun jr je 嚧阇那 跋阇罗顿稚遮

shwei dwo je jya mwo la 税多遮 迦摩罗

cha che shr bwo la pe 刹奢尸 波罗婆

yi di yi di 翳帝夷帝

mu two la jye na 母陀罗 羯拿

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swo pi la chan 娑鞞罗忏

jywe fan du yin tu na mwo mwo sye 掘梵都 印兔那么么写

II.

wu syin 乌合牛

li shai jye na 唎瑟揭拿

bwo la she syi dwo 般剌舍悉多

sa dan two chye du shai ni shan 萨怛他 伽都瑟尼钐

hu syin du lu yung 虎合牛都嚧雍

jan pe na 瞻婆那

hu syin du lu yung 虎合牛都嚧雍

syi dan pe na 悉眈婆那

hu syin du lu yung 虎合牛都嚧雍

bwo la shai di ye 波罗瑟地耶

san bwo cha na jye la 三般叉 拿羯罗

hu syin du lu yung 虎合牛都嚧雍

sa pe yau cha he la cha swo 萨婆药叉 喝罗刹裟

jye la he rau she 揭罗诃若阇

pi teng beng sa na jye la 毗腾崩萨那羯罗

hu syin du lu yung 虎合牛都嚧雍

je du la shr di nan 者都罗 尸底南

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jye la he swo he sa la nan 揭罗诃 娑诃萨罗南

pi teng beng sa na la 毗腾崩萨那罗

hu syin du lu yung 虎合牛都嚧雍

la cha 罗叉

pe chye fan 婆伽梵

sa dan two chye du shai ni shan 萨怛他 伽都瑟尼钐

bwo la dyan she ji li 波罗点 阇吉唎

mwo he swo he sa la 摩诃娑诃萨罗

bwo shu swo he sa la shr li sha 勃树娑诃萨罗 室唎沙

jyu jr swo he sa ni 俱知娑诃萨泥

di li e bi ti shr pe li dwo 帝隶阿弊提视婆唎多

ja ja ying jya 咤咤罂迦

mwo he ba she lu two la 摩诃跋阇嚧陀罗

di li pu pe na 帝唎菩婆那

man cha la 曼茶罗

wu syin 乌合牛

swo syi di bwo pe du 娑悉帝 薄婆都

mwo mwo yin tu na mwo mwo sye 么么 印兔那么么写

III.

la she pe ye 罗阇婆夜

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ju la be ye 主罗跋夜

e chi ni pe ye 阿祗尼婆夜

wu two jya pe ye 乌陀迦婆夜

pi sha pe ye 毗沙婆夜

she sa dwo la pe ye 舍萨多罗婆夜

pe la jau jye la pe ye 婆罗斫羯罗婆夜

tu shai cha pe ye 突瑟叉婆夜

e she ni pe ye 阿舍你婆夜

e jya la mi li ju pe ye 阿迦罗 密唎柱婆夜

two la ni bu mi jyan 陀罗尼部弥剑

bwo chye bwo two pe ye 波伽波陀婆夜

wu la jya pe dwo pe ye 乌罗迦婆多婆夜

la she tan cha pe ye 剌阇坛茶婆夜

nwo chye pe ye 那伽婆夜

pi tyau dan pe ye 毗条怛婆夜

su bwo la na pe ye 苏波罗拿婆夜

yau cha jye la he 药叉揭罗诃

la cha sz jye la he 罗叉私揭罗诃

bi li dwo jye la he 毕唎多揭罗诃

pi she je jye la he 毗舍遮揭罗诃

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bu dwo jye la he 部多揭罗诃

jyou pan cha jye la he 鸠盘茶揭罗诃

bu dan na jye la he 补丹那揭罗诃

jya ja bu dan na jye la he 迦咤补丹那揭罗诃

syi chyan du jye la he 悉干度揭罗诃

e bwo syi mwo la jye la he 阿播悉摩罗揭罗诃

wu tan mwo two jye la he 乌檀摩陀揭罗诃

che ye jye la he 车夜揭罗诃

syi li pe di jye la he 酰唎婆帝揭罗诃

she dwo he li nan 社多诃唎南

jye pe he li nan 揭婆诃唎南

lu di la he li nan 嚧地罗诃唎南

mang swo he li nan 忙娑诃唎南

mi two he li nan 谜陀诃唎南

mwo she he li nan 摩阇诃唎南

she dwo he li nyu 阇多诃唎女

shr bi dwo he li nan 视比多诃唎南

pi dwo he li nan 毗多诃唎南

pe dwo he li nan 婆多诃唎南

e shu je he li nyu 阿输遮诃唎女

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jr dwo he li nyu 质多诃唎女

di shan sa pi shan 帝钐萨鞞钐

sa pe jye la he nan 萨婆揭罗诃南

pi two ye she chen two ye mi 毗陀夜阇 嗔陀夜弥

ji la ye mi 鸡罗夜弥

bwo li ba la je jya chi li dan 波唎跋罗者迦 讫唎担

pi two ye she chen two ye mi 毗陀夜阇 嗔陀夜弥

ji la ye mi 鸡罗夜弥

cha yan ni chi li dan 茶演尼 讫唎担

pi two ye she chen two ye mi 毗陀夜阇 嗔陀夜弥

ji la ye mi 鸡罗夜弥

mwo he bwo su bwo dan ye 摩诃般输般怛夜

lu two la chi li dan 嚧陀罗 讫唎担

pi two ye she chen two ye mi 毗陀夜阇 嗔陀夜弥

ji la ye mi 鸡罗夜弥

nwo la ye na chi li dan 那罗夜拿 讫唎担

pi two ye she chen two ye mi 毗陀夜阇 嗔陀夜弥

ji la ye mi 鸡罗夜弥

dan two chye lu cha syi chi li dan 怛埵伽嚧茶西讫唎担

pi two ye she chen two ye mi 毗陀夜阇 嗔陀夜弥

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ji la ye mi 鸡罗夜弥

mwo he jya la 摩诃迦罗

mwo dan li chye na chi li dan 摩怛唎伽拿 讫唎担

pi two ye she chen two ye mi 毗陀夜阇 嗔陀夜弥

ji la ye mi 鸡罗夜弥

jya bwo li jya chi li dan 迦波唎迦 讫唎担

pi two ye she chen two ye mi 毗陀夜阇 嗔陀夜弥

ji la ye mi 鸡罗夜弥

she ye jye la mwo du jye la 阇耶羯罗 摩度羯罗

sa pe la two swo da na chi li dan 萨婆罗他娑达那 讫唎担

pi two ye she chen two ye mi 毗陀夜阇 嗔陀夜弥

ji la ye mi 鸡罗夜弥

je du la pe chi ni chi li dan 赭咄罗 婆耆你 讫唎担

pi two ye she chen two ye mi 毗陀夜阇 嗔陀夜弥

ji la ye mi 鸡罗夜弥

pi li yang chi li jr 毗唎羊讫唎知

nan two ji sha la chye na bwo di 难陀鸡沙罗 伽拿般帝

swo syi ye chi li dan 索酰夜 讫唎担

pi two ye she chen two ye mi 毗陀夜阇 嗔陀夜弥

ji la ye mi 鸡罗夜弥

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na jye na she la pe na chi li dan 那揭那舍罗婆拿 讫唎担

pi two ye she chen two ye mi 毗陀夜阇 嗔陀夜弥

ji la ye mi 鸡罗夜弥

e lwo han chi li dan 阿罗汉 讫唎担

pi two ye she chen two ye mi 毗陀夜阇 嗔陀夜弥

ji la ye mi 鸡罗夜弥

pi dwo la chye chi li dan 毗多罗伽 讫唎担

pi two ye she chen two ye mi 毗陀夜阇 嗔陀夜弥

ji la ye mi 鸡罗夜弥

ba she la bwo ni 跋阇罗波你

jyu syi ye jyu syi ye 具酰夜具酰夜

jya di bwo di chi li dan 迦地般帝讫唎担

pi two ye she chen two ye mi 毗陀夜阇 嗔陀夜弥

ji la ye mi 鸡罗夜弥

la cha wang 罗叉罔

pe chye fan yin tu na mwo mwo sye 婆伽梵 印兔那么么写

IV.

pe chye fan 婆伽梵

sa dan dwo bwo da la 萨怛多般怛罗

na mwo tswei du di 南无粹都帝

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e syi dwo na la la jya 阿悉多那罗剌迦

bwo la pe syi pu ja 波罗婆悉普咤

pi jya sa dan dwo be di li 毗迦萨怛多钵帝唎

shr fwo la shr fwo la 什佛罗什佛罗

two la two la 陀罗陀罗

pin two la pin two la 频陀罗频陀罗

chen two chen two 嗔陀嗔陀

hu syin hu syin 虎合牛虎合牛

pan ja pan ja pan ja pan ja pan ja 泮咤泮咤泮咤泮咤泮咤

swo he syi syi pan 娑诃 酰酰泮

e mu jye ye pan 阿牟迦耶泮

e bwo la ti he dwo pan 阿波罗提诃多泮

pe la bwo la two pan 婆罗波罗陀泮

e su la pi two la bwo jya pan 阿素罗 毗陀罗 波迦泮

sa pe ti pi bi pan 萨婆提鞞弊泮

sa pe na chye bi pan 萨婆那伽弊泮

sa pe yau cha bi pan 萨婆药叉弊泮

sa pe chyan ta pe bi pan 萨婆干闼婆弊泮

sa pe bu dan na bi pan 萨婆补丹那弊泮

jya ja bu dan na bi pan 迦咤补丹那弊泮

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sa pe tu lang jr di bi pan 萨婆突狼枳帝弊泮

sa pe tu sz bi li chi shai di bi pan 萨婆突涩比犁 讫瑟帝弊泮

sa pe shr pe li bi pan 萨婆什婆唎弊泮

sa pe e bwo syi mwo li bi pan 萨婆阿播悉摩犁弊泮

sa pe che la pe na bi pan 萨婆舍罗婆拿弊泮

sa pe di di ji bi pan 萨婆地帝鸡弊泮

sa pe dan mwo two ji bi pan 萨婆怛摩陀继弊泮

sa pe pi two ye la shr je li bi pan 萨婆毗陀耶 罗誓遮犁弊泮

she ye jye la mwo du jye la 阇夜羯罗 摩度羯罗

sa pe la two swo two ji bi pan 萨婆罗他娑陀鸡弊泮

pi di ye je li bi pan 毗地夜 遮唎弊泮

je du la fu chi ni bi pan 者都罗 缚耆你弊泮

ba she la jyu mwo li 跋阇罗 俱摩唎

pi two ye la shr bi pan 毗陀夜 罗誓弊泮

mwo he bwo la ding yang yi chi li bi pan 摩诃波罗丁羊义 耆唎弊泮

ba she la shang jye la ye 跋阇罗商羯罗夜

bwo la jang chi la she ye pan 波罗丈耆罗阇耶泮

mwo he jya la ye 摩诃迦罗夜

mwo he mwo dan li jya na 摩诃末怛唎迦拿

na mwo swo jye li dwo ye pan 南无娑羯唎多夜泮

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bi shai na bei ye pan 毖瑟拿婢曳泮

bwo la he mwo ni ye pan 勃罗诃牟尼曳泮

e chi ni ye pan 阿耆尼曳泮

mwo he jye li ye pan 摩诃羯唎曳泮

jye la tan chr ye pan 羯罗檀持曳泮

mye dan li ye pan 蔑怛唎曳泮

lau dan li ye pan 唠怛唎曳泮

je wen cha ye pan 遮文茶曳泮

jye lwo la dan li ye pan 羯逻罗怛唎曳泮

jya bwo li ye pan 迦般唎曳泮

e di mu jr dwo 阿地目质多

jya shr mwo she nwo 迦尸摩舍那

pe sz ni ye pan 婆私你曳泮

yan ji jr 演吉质

sa two pe sye 萨埵婆写

mwo mwo yin tu na mwo mwo sye 么么印兔那么么写

V.

tu shai ja jr dwo 突瑟咤质多

e mwo dan li jr dwo 阿末怛唎质多

wu she he la 乌阇诃罗

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chye pe he la 伽婆诃罗

lu di la he la 嚧地罗诃罗

pe swo he la 婆娑诃罗

mwo she he la 摩阇诃罗

she dwo he la 阇多诃罗

shr bi dwo he la 视毖多诃罗

ba lyau ye he la 跋略夜诃罗

chyan two he la 干陀诃罗

bu shr bwo he la 布史波诃罗

pwo la he la 颇罗诃罗

pe sye he la 婆写诃罗

be bwo jr dwo 般波质多

tu shai ja jr dwo 突瑟咤质多

lau two la jr dwo 唠陀罗质多

yau cha jye la he 药叉揭罗诃

la cha swo jye la he 罗刹娑揭罗诃

bi li dwo jye la he 闭隶多揭罗诃

pi she je jye la he 毗舍遮揭罗诃

bu dwo jye la he 部多揭罗诃

jyou pan cha jye la he 鸠盘茶揭罗诃

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syi chyan two jye la he 悉干陀揭罗诃

wu dan mwo two jye la he 乌怛摩陀揭罗诃

che ye jye la he 车夜揭罗诃

e bwo sa mwo la jye la he 阿播萨摩罗揭罗诃

jai chywe ge cha chi ni jye la he 宅袪革 茶耆尼揭罗诃

li fwo di jye la he 唎佛帝揭罗诃

she mi jya jye la he 阇弥迦揭罗诃

she jyu ni jye la he 舍俱尼揭罗诃

mu two la na di jya jye la he 姥陀罗 难地迦揭罗诃

e lan pe jye la he 阿蓝婆揭罗诃

chyan du bwo ni jye la he 干度波尼揭罗诃

shr fwo la yin jya syi jya 什佛罗 堙迦酰迦

jywe di yau jya 坠帝药迦

dan li di yau jya 怛隶帝药迦

je tu two jya 者突托迦

ni ti shr fa la 昵提什伐罗

bi shan mwo shr fa la 毖钐摩什伐罗

bwo di jya 薄底迦

bi di jya 鼻底迦

shr li shai mi jya 室隶瑟密迦

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swo ni bwo di jya 娑你般帝迦

sa pe shr fa la 萨婆什伐罗

shr lu ji di 室嚧吉帝

mwo two pi da lu jr chyan 末陀鞞达嚧制剑

e chi lu chyan 阿绮嚧钳

mu chywe lu chyan 目佉嚧钳

jye li tu lu chyan 羯唎突嚧钳

jya la he 揭罗诃

jye lan jye na shu lan 揭蓝羯拿输蓝

dan dwo shu lan 惮多输蓝

chi li ye shu lan 迄唎夜输蓝

mwo mwo shu lan 末么输蓝

ba li shr pe shu lan 跋唎室婆输蓝

bi li shai ja shu lan 毖栗瑟咤输蓝

wu two la shu lan 乌陀罗输蓝

jye jr shu lan 羯知输蓝

ba syi di shu lan 跋悉帝输蓝

wu lu shu lan 邬嚧输蓝

chang chye shu lan 常伽输蓝

he syi dwo shu lan 喝悉多输蓝

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ba two shu lan 跋陀输蓝

swo fang ang chye 娑房盎伽

bwo la jang chye shu lan 般罗丈伽输蓝

bu dwo bi dwo cha 部多毖跢茶

cha chi ni shr pe la 茶耆尼 什婆罗

two tu lu jya 陀突嚧迦

jyan du lu ji jr pe lu dwo pi 建咄嚧吉知 婆路多毗

sa bwo lu he ling chye 萨般嚧 诃凌伽

shu sha dan la swo na jye la 输沙怛罗 娑那羯罗

pi sha yu jya 毗沙喻迦

e chi ni wu two jya 阿耆尼 乌陀迦

mwo la pi la jyan dwo la 末罗鞞罗 建跢罗

e jya la mi li du da lyan bu jya 阿迦罗 密唎咄 怛敛部迦

di li la ja 地栗剌咤

bi li shai jr jya 毖唎瑟质迦

sa pe na jyu la 萨婆那俱罗

sz yin chye bi jye la li yau cha 肆引伽弊 揭罗唎药叉

dan la chu 怛罗刍

mwo la shr fei di shan swo pi shan 末罗视 吠帝钐 娑鞞钐

syi dan dwo bwo da la 悉怛多钵怛罗

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mwo he ba she lu shai ni shan 摩诃跋阇嚧瑟尼钐

mwo he bwo lai jang chi lan 摩诃般赖丈耆蓝

ye bwo tu two she yu she nwo 夜波突陀 舍喻阇那

byan da li na 辫怛隶拿

pi two ye pan tan jya lu mi 毗陀耶 盘昙迦嚧弥

di shu pan tan jya lu mi 帝殊 盘昙迦嚧弥

bwo la pi two pan tan jya lu mi 般罗毗陀 盘昙迦嚧弥

da jr two 跢侄他

nan 唵

e na li 阿那隶

pi she ti 毗舍提

pi la ba she la two li 鞞罗跋阇罗 陀唎

pan two pan two ni 盘陀盘陀你

ba she la bang ni pan 跋阇罗谤尼泮

hu syin du lu yung pan 虎合牛都嚧瓮泮

swo pe he 莎婆诃

“Ananda, this cluster of light atop the crown of the Buddha’s head, the secret gatha, Syi Dan Dwo Bwo Da La, with its subtle, wonderful divisions and phrases, gives birth to all the Buddhas of the ten directions.

阿难。是佛顶光聚悉怛多般怛罗秘密伽陀微妙章句。出生十方一切诸佛。

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“Because the Thus Come Ones of the ten directions use this mantra-heart, they realize unsurpassed, proper, and all-pervading knowledge and enlightenment.

十方如来。因此咒心。得成无上正遍知觉。

“Because the Thus Come Ones of the ten directions take up this mantra-heart, they subdue all demons and control all adherents of outside ways.

十方如来。执此咒心。降伏诸魔。制诸外道。

“Because the Thus Come Ones of the ten directions avail themselves of this mantra-heart, they sit upon jeweled lotusflowers and respond throughout countries as numerous as motes of dust.

十方如来。乘此咒心。坐宝莲华。应微尘国。

“Because the Thus Come Ones of the ten directions embody this mantra-heart, they turn the great dharma wheel in lands as numerous as fine motes of dust.

十方如来。含此咒心。于微尘国转大法轮。

“Because the Thus Come Ones of the ten directions hold this mantra-heart, they are able to go throughout the ten directions to rub beings on the crowns of their heads and bestow predictions upon them. Also, anyone in the ten directions who has not yet realized the fruition, can receive a Buddha’s prediction.

十方如来。持此咒心。能于十方摩顶授记。自果未成。亦于十方蒙佛授记。

“Because the Thus Come Ones of the ten directions are based in this mantra-heart, they can go throughout the ten directions to rescue beings from such sufferings as being in the hells, being hungry ghosts, being animals, or being blind, deaf, or mute, as well as from the suffering of being together with those one hates, from the suffering of being apart from those one loves, from the suffering of not obtaining what one seeks, and from the raging blaze of the five skandhas. They liberate beings from both large and small accidents. In response to their recitation, difficulty with thieves, difficulty with armies, difficulty with the law, difficulty with imprisonment, difficulty with wind, fire, and water, and difficulty with hunger, thirst, and impoverishment are all eradicated.

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十方如来。依此咒心。能于十方拔济群苦。所谓地狱饿鬼畜生。盲聋喑哑。怨憎会苦、爱别离苦、求不得苦、五阴炽盛。大小诸横同时解脱。贼难兵难、王难狱难、风火水难、饥渴贫穷。应念销散。

“Because the Thus Come Ones of the ten directions are in accord with this mantra-heart, they can serve good and wise advisors throughout the ten directions. In the four aspects of awesome deportment, they make wish-fulfilling offerings. In the assemblies of as many Thus Come Ones as there are sands in the Ganges, they are considered to be great Dharma Princes.

十方如来。随此咒心。能于十方事善知识。四威仪中供养如意。恒沙如来会中。推为大法王子。

“Because the Thus Come Ones of the ten directions practice this mantra-heart, they can gather in and teach their relatives in the ten directions. Causing those of the Small Vehicle not to be frightened when they hear the secret treasury.

十方如来。行此咒心。能于十方摄受亲因。令诸小乘闻秘密藏。不生惊怖。

“Because the Thus Come Ones of the ten directions recite this mantra-heart, they realize unsurpassed enlightenment while sitting beneath the Bodhi tree, and they enter Parinirvana.

十方如来。诵此咒心。成无上觉。坐菩提树。入大涅盘。

“Because the Thus Come Ones of the ten directions transmit this mantra-heart, those to whom they have bequeathed the Buddhadharma can, after their Nirvana, dwell in it completely and uphold it. Being strict and pure about the precepts and rules, they can all obtain purity.

十方如来。传此咒心。于灭度后付佛法事。究竟住持。严净戒律。悉得清净。

“If I were to explain this mantra, Bwo Da La, of the cluster of light atop the crown of the Buddha’s head from morning till night in an unceasing sound, without ever repeating any syllable or phrase, I could go on for as many kalpas as there are sands in the Ganges and still never finish. I also will tell you that this mantra is called ‘The crown of the Thus Come One.’

若我说是佛顶光聚般怛罗咒。从旦至暮。音声相联。字句中间。亦不重迭。经恒沙劫终不能尽。亦说此咒名如来顶。

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“All of you with something left to study who have not yet put an end to the cycle of rebirth and yet have brought forth sincere resolve to become Arhats, will find it impossible to sit in a Bodhimanda and be far removed in body and mind from all demonic deeds if you do not hold this Mantra.

汝等有学。未尽轮回。发心至诚取阿罗汉。不持此咒而坐道场。令其身心远诸魔事。无有是处。

“Ananda, let any living being of any country in any world copy out this mantra in writing on materials native to his region, such as birch bark, pattra, plain paper, or white cotton cloth, and store it in a pouch containing incense. If that person wears the pouch on his body, or if he keeps a copy in his home, then you should know that even if he understands so little that he cannot recite it from memory, he will not be harmed by any poison during his entire life.

阿难。若诸世界。随所国土所有众生。随国所生桦皮贝叶纸素白毯书写此咒。贮于香囊。是人心昏。未能诵忆。或带身上。或书宅中。当知是人尽其生年。一切诸毒所不能害。

“Ananda, I will now tell you more about how this mantra can rescue and protect the world, help people obtain great fearlessness, and bring to accomplishment living beings’ transcendental wisdom.

阿难。我今为汝更说此咒。救护世间得大无畏。成就众生出世间智。

“You should know that, after my extinction, if there are beings in the Dharma-ending Age who can recite the mantra themselves or teach others to recite it, such people who recite and uphold it cannot be burned by fire, cannot be drowned by water, and cannot be harmed by mild or potent poisons.

若我灭后。末世众生。有能自诵。若教他诵。当知如是诵持众生。火不能烧。水不能溺。大毒小毒所不能害。

“And so it is in every other case, such that they cannot be possessed by any evil mantra or any heavenly dragon, ghost, or spirit, or by any essence, weird creature, or demonic ghost. These people’s minds will attain proper reception, so that any spell, any paralyzing sorcery, any poison or poisoning gold, any poisoning silver, any plant, tree, insect, or snake, and any of a myriad kinds of poisonous vapors will turn into sweet dew when it enters their mouths.

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如是乃至天龙鬼神。精只魔魅。所有恶咒。皆不能着。心得正受。一切咒诅厌蛊毒药、金毒银毒、草木虫蛇万物毒气。入此人口。成甘露味。

“No evil stars, and no ghost or spirit that harbors malice in its heart and that poisons people can work its evil on these people. Vinayaka as well as all the evil ghost kings and their retinues will be led by deep kindness to always guard and protect them.

一切恶星并诸鬼神。碜心毒人。于如是人不能起恶。频那夜迦诸恶鬼王。并其眷属。皆领深恩。常加守护。

“Ananda, you should know that eighty-four thousand nayutas of Ganges’ sands of kotis of Vajra Treasury-King Bodhisattvas and their descendants, each with vajra multitudes as retinue, are ever in attendance, day and night, upon this mantra.

阿难当知。是咒常有八万四千那由他恒河沙俱胝金刚藏王菩萨种族。一一皆有诸金刚众而为眷属。昼夜随侍。

“If living beings whose minds are scattered and who have no samadhi remember and recite the mantra, the vajra kings will always surround them. Therefore, good men, that is even more true for those who are decisively resolved upon Bodhi. All the Vajra Treasury-King Bodhisattvas will regard them attentively and secretly hasten the opening of their spiritual consciousness.

设有众生。于散乱心。非三摩地。心忆口持。是金刚王。常随从彼诸善男子。何况决定菩提心者。此诸金刚菩萨藏王。精心阴速。发彼神识。

“When that response occurs, those people will be able to remember the events of as many kalpas as there are grains of sand in eighty-four thousand Ganges Rivers, knowing them all beyond any doubt.

是人应时心能记忆八万四千恒河沙劫。周遍了知。得无疑惑。

“From that kalpa onward, through every life until the time they take their last body, they will not be born where there are yakshas, rakshasas, putanas, kataputanas, kumbhandas, pishachas and so forth; where there is any kind of hungry ghost, whether with form or lacking form, or with thought or lacking thought, or in any such evil place.

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从第一劫乃至后身。生生不生药叉罗刹。及富单那。迦咤富单那。鸠盘茶。毗舍遮等。并诸饿鬼。有形无形、有想无想、如是恶处。

“If these good men read, recite, copy, or write out the mantra, if they carry it or treasure it, if they make offerings to it, then through kalpa after kalpa they will not be poor or lowly, nor will they be born in unpleasant places.

是善男子。若读若诵、若书若写、若带若藏。诸色供养。劫劫不生贫穷下贱不可乐处。

“If these living beings have never accumulated any blessings, the Thus Come Ones of the ten directions will bestow their own merit and virtue upon these people.

此诸众生。纵其自身不作福业。十方如来所有功德。悉与此人。

“Because of that, throughout asamkhyeyas of ineffable, unspeakable numbers of kalpas, as many as the Ganges’ sands, they are always together with the Buddhas. They are born in the same place, due to their limitless merit and virtue, and, like the amala fruit-cluster, they stay in the same place, become permeated with cultivation, and are never parted.

由是得于恒河沙阿僧祇不可说不可说劫。常与诸佛同生一处。无量功德。如恶叉聚。同处熏修。永无分散。

“Therefore, it can enable those who have broken the precepts to regain the purity of the precept-source. It can enable those who have not received the precepts to receive them. It can cause those who are not vigorous to become vigorous. It can enable those who lack wisdom to gain wisdom. It can cause those who are not pure to quickly become pure. It can cause those who do not hold to vegetarianism to become vegetarians naturally.

是故能令破戒之人。戒根清净。未得戒者。令其得戒。未精进者。令得精进。无智慧者。令得智慧。不清净者。速得清净。不持斋戒。自成斋戒。

“Ananda, if good men who uphold this mantra violated the pure precepts before they received the mantra, their multitude of offenses incurred by violating the precepts, whether major or minor, can simultaneously be eradicated after they begin to uphold the mantra.

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阿难。是善男子持此咒时。设犯禁戒于未受时。持咒之后。众破戒罪。无问轻重。一时销灭。

“Even if they drank intoxicants or ate the five pungent plants and various other impure things in the past, the Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, vajras, gods, immortals, ghosts, and spirits will not hold it against them.

纵经饮酒。食啖五辛。种种不净。一切诸佛菩萨金刚天仙鬼神不将为过。

“If they are unclean and wear tattered, old clothes to carry out the single practice and single dwelling, they can be equally pure. Even if they do not set up the platform, do not enter the Bodhimanda, and do not practice the Way, but recite and uphold this mantra, their merit and virtue will be identical with that derived from entering the platform and practicing the Way.

设着不净破弊衣服。一行一住悉同清净。纵不作坛。不入道场。亦不行道。诵持此咒。还同入坛行道功德。无有异也。

“If they have committed the five rebellious acts, grave offenses warranting unintermittent retribution, or if they are bhikshus or bhikshunis who have violated the four parajikas or the eight parajikas, such heavy karma as this will disperse after they recite this mantra, like a sand dune that is scattered in a gale, so that not a particle remains.

若造五逆无间重罪。及诸比丘比丘尼四弃八弃。诵此咒已。如是重业。犹如猛风吹散沙聚。悉皆灭除。更无毫发。

“Ananda, if living beings who have never repented and reformed any of the obstructive offenses, either heavy or light, that they have committed throughout countless kalpas past, up to and including those of this very life, can nevertheless read, recite, copy, or write out this mantra or wear it on their bodies or place it in their homes or in their garden houses, then all that accumulated karma will melt away like snow in hot water. Before long they will obtain awakening to patience with the non-production of dharmas.

阿难。若有众生。从无量无数劫来。所有一切轻重罪障。从前世来未及忏悔。若能读诵书写此咒。身上带持。若安住处庄宅园馆。如是积业。犹汤销雪。不久皆得悟无生忍。

“Moreover, Ananda, if women who do not have children and want to conceive can sincerely memorize and recite this mantra or carry the mantra, Syi Dan Dwo

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Bwo Da La, on their bodies, they can give birth to sons or daughters endowed with blessings, virtue, and wisdom.

复次阿难。若有女人。未生男女。欲求孕者。若能至心忆念斯咒。或能身上带此悉怛多般怛罗者。便生福德智慧男女。

“Those who seek long life will obtain long life. Those who seek to quickly perfect their reward will quickly gain perfection. The same is true for those who seek something regarding their bodies, their lives, their appearance, or their strength.

求长命者。即得长命。欲求果报速圆满者。速得圆满。身命色力。亦复如是。

“At the end of their lives, they will gain the rebirth they hope for in whichever of the countries of the ten directions they wish. They certainly will not be born in poorly endowed places, or as inferior people; even less will they be reborn in some odd form.

命终之后。随愿往生十方国土。必定不生边地下贱。何况杂形。

“Ananda, if there is famine or plague in a country, province, or village, or if perhaps there are armed troops, brigands, invasions, war, or any other kind of local threat or danger,

阿难。若诸国土州县聚落。饥荒疫疠。或复刀兵贼难斗诤。兼余一切厄难之地。

“one can write out this spiritual mantra and place it on the four city gates, or on a chaitya or on a dhvaja, and instruct all the people of the country to gaze upon the mantra, to make obeisance to it, to revere it, and to single-mindedly make offerings to it; one can instruct all the citizens to wear it on their bodies or to place it in their homes; and then all such disasters and calamities will completely disappear.

写此神咒。安城四门。并诸支提。或脱阇上。令其国土所有众生。奉迎斯咒。礼拜恭敬。一心供养。令其人民。各各身佩。或各各安所居宅地。一切灾厄悉皆销灭。

“Ananda, in each and every country where the people accord with this mantra, the heavenly dragons are delighted, the winds and rains are seasonal, the crops are abundant, and the people are peaceful and happy.

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阿难。在在处处。国土众生。随有此咒。天龙欢喜。风雨顺时。五谷丰殷。兆庶安乐。

“It can also suppress all evil stars which may appear in any of the directions and transform themselves in uncanny ways. Calamities and obstructions will not arise. People will not die accidentally or unexpectedly, nor will they be bound by fetters, cangues, or locks. Day and night they will be at peace, and no evil dreams will disturb their sleep.

亦复能镇一切恶星。随方变怪。灾障不起。人无横夭。杻械枷锁。不着其身。昼夜安眠。常无恶梦。

“Ananda, this Saha World has eighty-four thousand changeable and disastrous evil stars. Twenty-eight great evil stars are the leaders, and of these, eight great evil stars are the rulers. They take various shapes, and when they appear in the world they bring disaster and weird happenings upon living beings. But they will all be eradicated wherever there is the mantra. The boundaries will be secured for twelve yojanas around, and no evil calamity or misfortune will ever enter in.

阿难。是娑婆界。有八万四千灾变恶星。二十八大恶星而为上首。复有八大恶星以为其主。作种种形出现世时。能生众生种种灾异。有此咒地。悉皆销灭。十二由旬成结界地。诸恶灾祥永不能入。

“Therefore, the Thus Come One proclaims this mantra as one which will protect those of the future who have just begun to study, as well as all cultivators, so that they can enter samadhi, be peaceful in body and mind, and attain great tranquility.

是故如来宣示此咒。于未来世。保护初学诸修行者。入三摩提。身心泰然。得大安隐。

“Even less will any demon, ghost, or spirit, or any enemy, calamity, or misfortune due from former lives that reach back to beginningless time, or any old karma or past debts come to vex and harm them.

更无一切诸魔鬼神。及无始来冤横宿殃。旧业陈债。来相恼害。

“As to you and everyone in the assembly who is still studying, and as to cultivators of the future who rely on my platform, hold the precepts in accord with the dharma, receive the precepts from pure members of the Sangha, and hold this mantra-heart without giving rise to doubts:

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汝及众中诸有学人。及未来世诸修行者。依我坛场如法持戒。所受戒主。逢清净僧。持此咒心。不生疑悔。

“should such good men as these not obtain mind-penetration in that very body born of their parents, then the Thus Come Ones of the ten directions have lied!”

是善男子。于此父母所生之身。不得心通。十方如来便为妄语。

When he finished this explanation, measureless hundreds of thousands of vajra power-knights in the assembly came before the Buddha, placed their palms together, bowed, and said, “With sincere hearts we will protect those who cultivate Bodhi in this way, according to what the Buddha has said.”

说是语已。会中无量百千金刚。一时佛前合掌顶礼。而白佛言。如佛所说。我当诚心保护如是修菩提者。

Then the Brahma King, the God Shakra, and the four great heavenly kings all came before the Buddha, made obeisance together, and said to the Buddha, “If indeed there be good men who cultivate and study in this way, we will do all we can to earnestly protect them and cause everything to be as they would wish throughout their entire lives.”

尔时梵王、并天帝释、四天大王。亦于佛前同时顶礼。而白佛言。审有如是修学善人。我当尽心至诚保护。令其一生所作如愿。

Moreover measureless great yaksha generals, rakshasa kings, putana kings, kumbhanda kings, pishacha kings, vinayaka, the great ghost kings, and all the ghost commanders came before the Buddha, put their palms together, and made obeisance. “We also have vowed to protect these people and cause their resolve for Bodhi to be quickly perfected.”

复有无量药叉大将、诸罗刹王、富单那王、鸠盘茶王、毗舍遮王、频那夜迦、诸大鬼王、及诸鬼帅。亦于佛前合掌顶礼。我亦誓愿护持是人。令菩提心速得圆满。

Further, measureless numbers of gods of the sun and moon, lords of the rain, lords of the clouds, lords of thunder, lords of lightning who patrol throughout the year, and all the retinues of stars which were also in the assembly bowed at the Buddha’s feet and said to the Buddha, “We also protect all cultivators, so that their Bodhimandas are peaceful and they attain fearlessness.”

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复有无量日月天子。风师雨师。云师雷师。并电伯等。年岁巡官。诸星眷属。亦于会中顶礼佛足。而白佛言。我亦保护是修行人。安立道场。得无所畏。

Moreover, measureless numbers of mountain spirits, seaspirits, and all those of the earth – the myriad creatures and essences of water, land, and the air – as well as the king of wind spirits and the gods of the Formless Heavens, came before the Thus Come One, bowed their heads, and said to the Buddha, “We also will protect these cultivators until they attain Bodhi and will never let any demons have their way with them.”

复有无量山神海神。一切土地水陆空行。万物精只。并风神王。无色界天。于如来前。同时稽首而白佛言。我亦保护是修行人。得成菩提。永无魔事。

Then Vajra-Treasury-King Bodhisattvas in the great assembly, numbering as many as eighty-four thousand nayutas of kotis’ worth of sands in the Ganges, arose from their seats, bowed at the Buddha’s feet, and said to the Buddha,

尔时八万四千那由他恒河沙俱胝金刚藏王菩萨。在大会中。即从座起。顶礼佛足而白佛言。

“World Honored One, the nature of our deeds in cultivation is such that, although we have long since accomplished Bodhi, we do not grasp at Nirvana, but always accompany those who hold this mantra, rescuing and protecting those in the final age who cultivate samadhi properly.

世尊。如我等辈所修功业。久成菩提。不取涅盘。常随此咒。救护末世修三摩提正修行者。

“World Honored One, such people as this, who cultivate their minds and seek proper concentration, whether in the bodhimanda or walking about, and even such people who with scattered minds roam and play in the villages, will be accompanied and protected by us and our retinue of followers.

世尊。如是修心求正定人。若在道场及余经行。乃至散心游戏聚落。我等徒众。常当随从侍卫此人。

“Although the demon kings and the god of great comfort will seek to get at them, they will never be able to do so.The smaller ghosts will have to stay ten yojanas’ distance from these good people, except for those beings who have decided they want to cultivate dhyana.

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纵令魔王大自在天。求其方便。终不可得。诸小鬼神。去此善人十由旬外。除彼发心乐修禅者。

“World Honored One, if such evil demons or their retinues want to harm or disturb these good people, we will smash their heads to smithereens with our vajra pestles. We will always help these people to accomplish what they want.”

世尊。如是恶魔若魔眷属。欲来侵扰是善人者。我以宝杵殒碎其首。犹如微尘。恒令此人。所作如愿。

Then Ananda arose from his seat, bowed at the Buddha’s feet, and said to the Buddha, “Now that we who are stupid and slow, who are fond of erudition but have not sought to cease the outflows of our minds, have received the Buddha’s compassionate instructions and have attained the proper means to become infused with cultivation, we experience joy in body and mind and obtain tremendous benefit.

阿难即从座起。顶礼佛足。而白佛言。我辈愚钝。好为多闻。于诸漏心未求出离。蒙佛慈诲。得正熏修。身心快然。获大饶益。

“World Honored One, for one who cultivates in this way and is certified as having attained the Buddha’s samadhi, but who has not yet reached Nirvana, what is meant by the level of ‘dry wisdom’? What are the ‘forty-four minds’? What is the sequence in which one cultivates till one reaches one’s goal? What place must one reach to be said to have ‘entered the grounds’? And what is meant by a Bodhisattva of ‘equal enlightenment’?”

世尊。如是修证佛三摩提。未到涅盘。云何名为干慧之地。四十四心。至何渐次。得修行目。诣何方所。名入地中。云何名为等觉菩萨。

Having said this, he made a full prostration, and then the great assembly single-mindedly awaited the sound of the Buddha’s compassionate voice as they gazed up unblinking with respectful admiration.

作是语已。五体投地。大众一心。伫佛慈音。瞪瞢瞻仰。

At that time the World Honored One praised Ananda, saying, “Good indeed, good indeed, that you can for the sake of the entire great assembly and those beings in the final age who cultivate samadhi and seek the great vehicle, ask to have explained and revealed the unsurpassed proper path of cultivation that takes one from the level of an ordinary person to final Parinirvana. Listen

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attentively, and I will speak about it for you.” Ananda and everyone in the assembly placed their palms together, cleansed their minds, and silently waited to receive the teaching.

尔时世尊赞阿难言。善哉善哉。汝等乃能普为大众。及诸末世一切众生。修三摩提求大乘者。从于凡夫终大涅盘。悬示无上正修行路。汝今谛听。当为汝说。阿难大众。合掌刳心。默然受教。

The Buddha said, “Ananda, you should know that the wonderful nature is perfect and bright, apart from all names and appearances. Basically there is no world, nor are there any living beings.

佛言。阿难当知。妙性圆明。离诸名相。本来无有世界众生。

“Because of falseness, there is production. Because of production, there is extinction. The names ‘production’ and ‘extinction’ are false.

因妄有生。因生有灭。生灭名妄。

“When the false is extinguished, there is truth, which is called the Thus Come One’s Unsurpassed Bodhi and Great Nirvana: those are names for two kinds of turning around.

灭妄名真。是称如来无上菩提。及大涅盘。二转依号。

“Ananda, you now wish to cultivate true samadhi and arrive directly at the Thus Come One’s parinirvana. First, you should recognize the two upside-down causes of living beings and the world. If this upside-down state is not produced, then there is the Thus Come One’s true samadhi.

阿难。汝今欲修真三摩地。直诣如来大涅盘者。先当识此众生世界二颠倒因。颠倒不生。斯则如来真三摩地。

“Ananda, what is meant by the upside-down state of living beings? Ananda, the reason that the nature of the mind is bright is that the nature itself is the perfection of brightness. By adding brightness, another nature arises, and from that false nature, views are produced, so that from absolute nothingness comes ultimate existence.

阿难。云何名为众生颠倒。阿难。由性明心。性明圆故。因明发性。性妄见生。从毕竟无。成究竟有。

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“All that exists comes from this; every cause in fact has no cause. Subjective reliance on objective appearances is basically groundless. Thus, upon what is fundamentally unreliable, one sets up the world and living beings.

此有所有。非因所因。住所住相。了无根本。本此无住。建立世界。及诸众生。

“Confusion about one’s basic, perfect understanding results in the arising of falseness. The nature of falseness is devoid of substance; it is not something which can be relied upon.

迷本圆明。是生虚妄。妄性无体。非有所依。

“One may wish to return to the truth, but that wish for the truth is already falseness. The real nature of true suchness is not a truth that one can seek to return to. By doing so one misses the mark.

将欲复真。欲真已非真真如性。非真求复。宛成非相。

“What basically is not produced, what basically does not dwell, what basically is not the mind, and what basically are not dharmas arise through interaction. As they arise more and more strongly, they form the propensity to create karma. Similar karma sets up a mutual stimulus. Because of the karma thus generated, there is mutual production and mutual extinction. That is the reason for the upside-down state of living beings.

非生非住。非心非法。辗转发生。生力发明。熏以成业。同业相感。因有感业相灭相生。由是故有众生颠倒。

“Ananda, what is meant by the upside-down state of the world? All that exists comes from this; the world is set up because of the false arising of sections and shares. Every cause in fact has no cause; everything that is dependent has nothing on which it is dependent, and so it shifts and slides and is unreliable. Because of this, the world of the three periods of time and four directions comes into being. Their union and interaction bring about changes which result in the twelve categories of living beings.

阿难。云何名为世界颠倒。是有所有。分段妄生。因此界立。非因所因。无住所住。迁流不住。因此世成。三世四方。和合相涉。变化众生成十二类。

“That is why, in this world, movement brings about sounds, sounds bring about forms, forms bring about smells, smells bring about contact, contact brings about

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tastes, and tastes bring about awareness of dharmas. The random false thinking resulting from these six creates karma, and this continuous revolving becomes the cause of twelve different categories.

是故世界因动有声。因声有色。因色有香。因香有触。因触有味。因味知法。六乱妄想成业性故。十二区分由此轮转。

“And so, in the world, sounds, smells, tastes, contact, and the like, are each transformed through out the twelve categories to make one complete cycle.

是故世间声香味触。穷十二变为一旋复。

“The appearance of being upside down is based on this continuous process. Therefore, in the world there are those born from eggs, those born from wombs, those born from moisture, those born by transformation, those with form, those without form, those with thought, those without thought, those not totally endowed with form, those not totally lacking form, those not totally endowed with thought, and those not totally lacking thought.

乘此轮转颠倒相故。是有世界卵生、胎生、湿生、化生、有色、无色、有想、无想、若非有色、若非无色、若非有想、若非无想。

“Ananda, through a continuous process of falseness, the upside-down state of movement occurs in this world. It unites with energy to become eighty four thousand kinds of random thoughts that either fly or sink. From this there come into being the egg kalalas which multiply throughout the lands in the form of fish, birds, amphibians, and reptiles, so that their kinds abound.

阿难。由因世界虚妄轮回动颠倒故。和合气成八万四千飞沉乱想。如是故有卵羯逻蓝。流转国土。鱼鸟龟蛇。其类充塞。

“Through a continuous process of defilement, the upsidedown state of desire occurs in this world. It unites with stimulation to become eighty four thousand kinds of random thoughts that are either upright or perverse. From this there come into being the womb arbudas, which multiply throughout the world in the form of humans, animals, dragons, and immortals until their kinds abound.

由因世界杂染轮回欲颠倒故。和合滋成八万四千横竖乱想。如是故有胎遏蒲昙。流转国土。人畜龙仙。其类充塞。

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“Through a continuous process of attachment, the upsidedown state of inclination occurs in this world. It unites with warmth to become eighty-four thousand kinds of random thoughts that are vacillating and inverted. From this there come into being through moisture the appearance of peshis, which multiply throughout the lands in the form of insects and crawling invertebrates, until their kinds abound.

由因世界执着轮回。趣颠倒故。和合暖成八万四千翻覆乱想。如是故有湿相蔽尸。流转国土。含蠢蠕动。其类充塞。

“Through a continuous process of change, the upside-down state of borrowing occurs in this world. It unites with contact to become eighty-four thousand kinds of random thoughts of new and old. From this there come into being through transformation the appearance of ghanas, which multiply throughout the lands in the form of metamorphic flying and crawling creatures, until their kinds abound.

由因世界变易轮回假颠倒故。和合触成八万四千新故乱想。如是故有化相羯南。流转国土。转蜕飞行。其类充塞。

“Through a continuous process of restraint, the upsidedown state of obstruction occurs in this world. It unites with attachment to become eighty-four thousand kinds of random thoughts of refinement and brilliance. From this there come into being the ghanas of appearance that possess form, which multiply throughout the lands in the form of auspicious and inauspicious essences, until their kinds abound.

由因世界留碍轮回障颠倒故。和合着成八万四千精耀乱想。如是故有色相羯南。流转国土。休咎精明。其类充塞。

“Through a continuous process of annihilation and dispersion, the upside-down state of delusion occurs in this world. It unites with darkness to become eighty-four thousand kinds of random thoughts of obscurity and hiding. From this there come into being the ghanas of formless beings, which multiply throughout the lands as those that are empty, dispersed, annihilated, and submerged until their kinds abound.

由因世界销散轮回。惑颠倒故。和合暗成八万四千阴隐乱想。如是故有无色羯南。流转国土。空散销沈。其类充塞。

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“Through a continuous process of illusory imaginings, the upside-down state of shadows occurs in this world. It unites with memory to become eighty-four thousand kinds of random thoughts that are hidden and bound up. From this there come into being the ghanas of those with thought, which multiply throughout the lands in the form of spirits, ghosts, and weird essences, until their kinds abound.

由因世界罔象轮回。影颠倒故。和合忆成八万四千潜结乱想。如是故有想相羯南。流转国土。神鬼精灵。其类充塞。

“Through a continuous process of dullness and slowness, the upside-down state of stupidity occurs in this world. It unites with obstinacy to become eighty-four thousand kinds of random thoughts that are dry and attenuated. From this there come into being the ghanas of those without thought, which multiply throughout the lands as their essence and spirit change into earth, wood, metal, or stone, until their kinds abound.

由因世界愚钝轮回。痴颠倒故。和合顽成八万四千枯槁乱想。如是故有无想羯南。流转国土。精神化为土木金石。其类充塞。

“Through a continuous process of parasitic interaction, the upside-down state of simulation occurs in this world. It unites with defilement to become eighty-four thousand kinds of random thoughts of according and relying. From this there come into being those not totally endowed with form, who become ghanas of form which multiply throughout the lands until their kinds abound, in such ways as jellyfish that use shrimp for eyes.

由因世界相待轮回。伪颠倒故。和合染成八万四千因依乱想。如是故有非有色相。成色羯南。流转国土。诸水母等。以虾为目。其类充塞。

“Through a continuous process of mutual enticement, an upside-down state of the nature occurs in this world. It unites with mantras to become eighty-four thousand kinds of random thoughts of beckoning and summoning. From this there come into being those not totally lacking form, who take ghanas which are formless and multiply through out the lands, until their kinds abound, as the hidden beings of mantras and incantations.

由因世界相引轮回。性颠倒故。和合咒成八万四千呼召乱想。由是故有非无色相。无色羯南。流转国土。咒诅厌生。其类充塞。

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“Through a continuous process of false unity, the upsidedown state of transgression occurs in this world. It unites with unlike formations to become eighty-four thousand kinds of random thoughts of reciprocal interchange. From this there come into being those not totally endowed with thought, which become ghanas possessing thought and which multiply throughout the lands until their kinds abound in such forms as the varata, which turns a different creature into its own species.

由因世界合妄轮回。罔颠倒故。和合异成八万四千回互乱想。如是故有非有想相。成想羯南。流转国土。彼蒲卢等异质相成。其类充塞。

“Through a continuous process of enmity and harm the upside-down state of killing occurs in this world. It unites with monstrosities to become eighty-four thousand kinds of random thoughts of devouring one’s father and mother. From this there come into being those not totally lacking thought, who take ghanas with no thought and multiply through out the lands, until their kinds abound in such forms as the dirt owl, which hatches its young from clods of dirt, and the P’ou Ching bird, which incubates a poisonous fruit to create its young. In each case, the young thereupon eat the parents.

由因世界怨害轮回。杀颠倒故。和合怪成八万四千食父母想。如是故有非无想相。无想羯南。流转国土。如土枭等附块为儿。及破镜鸟以毒树果。抱为其子。子成。父母皆遭其食。其类充塞。

“These are the twelve categories of living beings.”

是名众生十二种类。

(End of chapter 7卷七完)

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The Sutra of the Foremost Shurangama at the Great Buddha’s Summit Concerning the Tathagata’s Secret Cause of Cultivation, His Certification to the Complete Meaning and all Bodhisattvas’ Myriad Practices.

Chapter 8

《大佛顶如来密因修证了义诸菩萨万行首楞严经》卷八

“Ananda, each of these categories of beings is replete with all twelve kinds of upside-down states, just as pressing on one’s eye produces a variety of flower-like images.

阿难。如是众生一一类中。亦各各具十二颠倒。犹如捏目乱华发生。

“With the inversion of wonderful perfection, the truly pure, bright mind becomes glutted with false and random thoughts.

颠倒妙圆真净明心。具足如斯虚妄乱想。

“Now, as you cultivate towards certification to the Samadhi of the Buddha, you will go through three gradual stages in order to get rid of the basic cause of these random thoughts.

汝今修证佛三摩提。于是本因元所乱想。立三渐次。方得除灭。

“They work in just the way that poisonous honey is removed from a pure vessel that is washed with hot water mixed with the ashes of incense. Afterwards it can be used to store sweet dew.

如净器中除去毒蜜。以诸汤水并杂灰香。洗涤其器。后贮甘露。

“What are the three gradual stages? The first is to correct one’s habits by getting rid of the aiding causes; the second is to truly cultivate to cut out the very essence of karmic offenses; the third is to increase one’s vigor to prevent the manifestation of karma.

云何名为三种渐次。一者修习。除其助因。二者真修。刳其正性。三者增进。违其现业。

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“What are aiding causes? Ananda, the twelve categories of living beings in this world are not complete in themselves, but depend on four kinds of eating; that is, eating by portions, eating by contact, eating by thought, and eating by consciousness. Therefore, the Buddha said that all living beings must eat to live.

云何助因。阿难。如是世界十二类生。不能自全。依四食住。所谓段食、触食、思食、识食。是故佛说一切众生皆依食住。

“Ananda, all living beings can live if they eat what is sweet, and they will die if they take poison. Beings who seek samadhi should refrain from eating five pungent plants of this world.

阿难。一切众生。食甘故生。食毒故死。是诸众生求三摩提。当断世间五种辛菜。

“If these five are eaten cooked, they increase one’s sexual desire; if they are eaten raw, they increase one’s anger.

是五种辛。熟食发淫。生啖增恚。

“Therefore, even if people in this world who eat pungent plants can expound the twelve divisions of the sutra canon, the gods and immortals of the ten directions will stay far away from them because they smell so bad. However, after they eat these things the hungry ghosts will hover around and kiss their lips. Being always in the presence of ghosts, their blessings and virtue dissolve as the days go by, and they experience no lasting benefit.

如是世界食辛之人。纵能宣说十二部经。十方天仙。嫌其臭秽。咸皆远离。诸饿鬼等。因彼食次。舐其唇吻。常与鬼住。福德日销。长无利益。

“People who eat pungent plants and also cultivate samadhi will not be protected by the Bodhisattvas, gods, immortals, or good spirits of the ten directions; therefore, the tremendously powerful demon kings, able to do as they please, will appear in the body of a Buddha and speak dharma for them, denouncing the prohibitive precepts and praising lust, rage, and delusion.

是食辛人修三摩地。菩萨天仙。十方善神。不来守护。大力魔王得其方便。现作佛身。来为说法。非毁禁戒。赞淫怒痴。

“When their lives end, these people will join the retinue of demon kings. When

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they use up their blessings as demons, they will fall into the Unintermittent Hell.

命终自为魔王眷属。受魔福尽。堕无间狱。

“Ananda, those who cultivate for Bodhi should never eat the five pungent plants. This is the first of the gradual stages of cultivation.

阿难。修菩提者永断五辛。是则名为第一增进修行渐次。

“What is the essence of karmic offenses? Ananda, beings who want to enter samadhi must first firmly uphold the pure precepts.

云何正性。阿难。如是众生入三摩地。要先严持清净戒律。

“They must sever thoughts of lust, not partake of wine or meat, and eat cooked rather than raw foods. Ananda, if cultivators do not sever lust and killing, it will be impossible for them to transcend the triple realm.

永断淫心。不餐酒肉。以火净食。无啖生气。阿难。是修行人。若不断淫及与杀生。出三界者。无有是处。

“You should look upon lustful desire as upon a poisonous snake or a resentful bandit. First hold to the Sound-Hearer’s four or eight parajikas in order to control your physical activity; then cultivate the Bodhisattva’s pure regulations in order to control your mental activity.

当观淫欲。犹如毒蛇。如见怨贼。先持声闻四弃八弃。执身不动。后行菩萨清净律仪。执心不起。

“When the prohibitive precepts are successfully upheld, one will not create karma that leads to trading places in rebirth and to killing one another in this world. If one does not steal, one will not be indebted, and one will not have to pay back past debts in this world.

禁戒成就。则于世间永无相生相杀之业。偷劫不行。无相负累。亦于世间不还宿债。

“If people who are pure in this way cultivate samadhi, they will naturally be able to contemplate the extent of the worlds of the ten directions with the physical body given them by their parents; without need of the heavenly eye, they will see the Buddhas speaking dharma and receive in person the sagely instruction.

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Obtaining spiritual penetrations, they will roam through the ten directions, gain clarity regarding past lives, and will not encounter difficulties and dangers.

是清净人修三摩地。父母肉身。不须天眼。自然观见十方世界。睹佛闻法。亲奉圣旨。得大神通。游十方界。宿命清净。得无艰险。

“This is the second of the gradual stages of cultivation.

是则名为第二增进修行渐次。

“What is the manifestation of karma? Ananda, such people as these, who are pure and who uphold the prohibitive precepts, do not have thoughts of greed and lust, and so they do not become dissipated in the pursuit of the six external defiling sense-objects.

云何现业。阿难。如是清净持禁戒人。心无贪淫。于外六尘不多流逸。 “Because they do not pursue them, they turn around to their own source. Without the conditions of the defiling objects, there is nothing for the sense-organs to match themselves with, and so they reverse their flow, become one unit, and no longer function in six ways.

因不流逸。旋元自归。尘既不缘。根无所偶。返流全一。六用不行。

“All the lands of the ten directions are as brilliantly clear and pure as moonlight reflected in crystal.

十方国土。皎然清净。譬如琉璃。内悬明月。

“Their bodies and minds are blissful as they experience the equality of wonderful perfection, and they attain great peace.

身心快然。妙圆平等。获大安隐。

“The secret perfection and pure wonder of all the Thus Come Ones appear before them.

一切如来密圆净妙。皆现其中。

“These people then obtain patience with the non-production of dharmas. They thereupon gradually cultivate according to their practices, until they reside securely in the sagely positions.

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是人即获无生法忍。从是渐修。随所发行。安立圣位。

“This is the third of the gradual stages of cultivation.

是则名为第三增进修行渐次。

“Ananda, these good people’s emotional love and desire are withered and dry, the sense-organs and sense objects no longer match, and so the residual habits do not continue to arise.

阿难。是善男子。欲爱干枯。根境不偶。现前残质。不复续生。

“By means of their complete wisdom, they understand that attachments of the mind are false. The bright perfection of their wisdom-nature shines throughout the ten directions, and this initial wisdom is called the ‘stage of dry wisdom.’

执心虚明。纯是智慧。慧性明圆。蓥十方界。干有其慧。名干慧地。

“Although the habits of desire are initially dried up, they still have not merged with the Thus Come One’s flow of Dharma-water.

欲习初干。未与如来法流水接。

“Then, with this mind centered on the middle, they enter the flow where wonderful perfection reveals itself. From the truth of that wonderful perfection there repeatedly arise wonders of truth. They always dwell in the wonder of faith, until all false thinking is completely eliminated and the middle way is totally true. This is called ‘the Mind that Resides in Faith.’

即以此心中中流入。圆妙开敷。从真妙圆。重发真妙。妙信常住。一切妄想灭尽无余。中道纯真。名信心住。

“When true faith is clearly understood, then perfect penetration is total, and the three aspects of skandhas, places, and realms are no longer obstructions. Then all their habits throughout innumerable kalpas of past and future, during which they abandon bodies and receive bodies, appear to them now in the present moment. These good people can remember everything and forget nothing. This is called ‘the Mind that Resides in Mindfulness’.

真信明了。一切圆通。阴处界三。不能为碍。如是乃至过去未来。无数劫中。

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舍身受身一切习气。皆现在前。是善男子。皆能忆念。得无遗忘。名念心住。

“When the wonderful perfection is completely true, that essential truth brings about a transformation. They go beyond the beginningless habits to reach the one essential brightness. Relying solely on this essential brightness, they progress toward true purity. This is called the Mind of Vigor.

妙圆纯真。真精发化。无始习气通一精明。唯以精明进趣真净。名精进心。

“The essence of the mind reveals itself as total wisdom; this is called the Mind that Resides in Wisdom.

心精现前。纯以智慧。名慧心住。

“As the wisdom and brightness are held steadfast, a profound stillness pervades. The stage at which the majesty of this stillness becomes constant and solid is called the Mind that Resides in Samadhi.

执持智明。周遍寂湛。寂妙常凝。名定心住。

“The light of samadhi emits brightness. When the essence of the brightness enters deeply within, they only advance and never retreat. This is called the Mind of Irreversibility.

定光发明。明性深入。唯进无退。名不退心。

“When the progress of their minds is secure, and they hold their minds and protect them without loss, they connect with the life-breath of the Thus Come Ones of the ten directions. This is called the Mind that Protects the Dharma.

心进安然。保持不失。十方如来。气分交接。名护法心。

“Protecting their light of enlightenment, they can use this wonderful force to return to the Buddha’s light of compassion and to come back to stand firm with the Buddha. It is like two mirrors that are set facing one another, so that between them the exquisite images interreflect and enter into one another layer upon layer. This is called the Mind of Transference.

觉明保持。能以妙力。回佛慈光。向佛安住。犹如双镜。光明相对。其中妙影。重重相入。名回向心。

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“With this secret interplay of light, they obtain the Buddha’s eternal solidity and unsurpassed wonderful purity. Dwelling in the unconditioned, they know no loss or dissipation. This is called the Mind that Resides in Precepts.

心光密回。获佛常凝无上妙净。安住无为。得无遗失。名戒心住。

“Abiding in the precepts with self-mastery, they can roam throughout the ten directions, going anywhere they wish. This is called the Mind that Resides in Vows.

住戒自在。能游十方。所去随愿。名愿心住。

“Ananda, these good people use honest expedients to bring forth those ten minds. When the essence of these minds becomes dazzling, and the ten functions interconnect, then a single mind is perfectly accomplished. This is called the Dwellings of Bringing Forth the Resolve.

阿难。是善男子。以真方便发此十心。心精发辉。十用涉入。圆成一心。名发心住。

“From within this mind light comes forth like pure crystal, which reveals pure gold inside. Treading upon the previous wonderful mind as a ground is called the Dwelling of the Ground of Regulation.

心中发明。如净琉璃内现精金。以前妙心。履以成地。名治地住。

“When the mind-ground connects with wisdom, both become bright and comprehensive. Traversing the ten directions then without obstruction is called the Dwelling of Cultivation.

心地涉知。俱得明了。游履十方。得无留碍。名修行住。

“When their conduct is the same as the Buddhas’ and they take on the demeanor of a Buddha, then, like the intermediate skandha body searching for a father and mother, they penetrate the darkness with a hidden trust and enter the lineage of the Thus Come One. This is called the Dwelling of Noble Birth.

行与佛同。受佛气分。如中阴身自求父母。阴信冥通。入如来种。名生贵住。

“Since they ride in the womb of the Way and will themselves become enlightened heirs, their human features are in no way deficient. This is called the Dwelling of Endowment with Skillin- Means.

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既游道胎。亲奉觉胤。如胎已成。人相不缺。名方便具足住。

“With a physical appearance like that of a Buddha and a mind that is the same as well, they are said to be Dwelling in the Rectification of the Mind.

容貌如佛。心相亦同。名正心住。

“United in body and mind, they easily grow and mature day by day. This is called the Dwelling of Irreversibility.

身心合成。日益增长。名不退住。

“With the efficacious appearance of ten bodies, which are simultaneously perfected, they are said to be at the Dwelling of a Pure Youth.

十身灵相。一时具足。名童真住。

“Completely developed, they leave the womb and become sons of the Buddha. This is called the Dwelling of a Dharma Prince.

形成出胎。亲为佛子。名法王子住。

“Reaching the fullness of adulthood, they are like the chosen prince to whom the great king of a country turns over the affairs of state. When this Kshatriya king’s eldest son is ceremoniously anointed on the crown of the head, he has reached what is called the Dwelling of Anointing the Crown of the Head.

表以成人。如国大王以诸国事分委太子。彼刹利王世子长成。陈列灌顶。名灌顶住。

“Ananda, after these good men have become sons of the Buddha, they are replete with the limitlessly many wonderful virtues of the Thus Come Ones, and they comply and accord with beings throughout the ten directions. This is called the Conduct of Happiness.

阿难。是善男子。成佛子已。具足无量如来妙德。十方随顺。名欢喜行。

“Being well able to accommodate all living beings is called the Conduct of Benefiting.

善能利益一切众生。名饶益行。

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“Enlightening oneself and enlightening others without putting forth any resistance is called the Conduct of Non- Opposition.

自觉觉他。得无违拒。名无嗔恨行。

“To undergo birth in various forms continuously to the bounds of the future, equally throughout the three periods of time and pervading the ten directions, is called the Conduct of Endlessness.

种类出生。穷未来际。三世平等。十方通达。名无尽行。

“When everything is equally in accord, one never makes mistakes among the various Dharma doors. This is called the Conduct of Freedom from Deluded Confusion.

一切合同。种种法门。得无差误。名离痴乱行。

“Then within what is identical, myriad differences appear; the characteristics of every difference are seen, one and all, in identity. This is called the Conduct of Wholesome Manifestation.

则于同中。显现群异。一一异相。各各见同。名善现行。

“This continues until it includes all the dust motes that fill up empty space throughout the ten directions. In each and every mote of dust there appear the worlds of the ten directions. And yet the appearance of dust motes and the appearance of worlds do not interfere with one another. This is called the Conduct of Non-Attachment.

如是乃至十方虚空满足微尘。一一尘中现十方界。现尘现界。不相留碍。名无着行。

“Everything that appears before one is the foremost paramita. This is called the Conduct of Veneration.

种种现前。咸是第一波罗密多。名尊重行。

“With such perfect fusion, one can model one-self after all the Buddhas of the ten directions. This is called the Conduct of Wholesome Dharma.

如是圆融。能成十方诸佛轨则。名善法行。

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“To then be pure and without outflows in each and every way is the primary truth, which is unconditioned, the essence of the nature. This is called the Conduct of True Actuality.

一一皆是清净无漏。一真无为。性本然故。名真实行。

“Ananda, when these good men replete with spiritual penetrations, have done the Buddhas’ work, are totally pure and absolutely true, and remain distant from obstacles and calamities, then they take living beings across while casting aside the appearance of taking them across. They transform the unconditioned mind and go toward the path of Nirvana. This is called the Transference of Saving and Protecting Living Beings, while apart from the Appearance of Living Beings.

阿难。是善男子。满足神通。成佛事已。纯洁精真。远诸留患。当度众生。灭除度相。回无为心。向涅盘路。名救护一切众生离众生相回向。

“To destroy what should be destroyed and to remain far removed from what should be left behind is called the Transference of Indestructibility.

坏其可坏。远离诸离。名不坏回向。

“Fundamental enlightenment is profound indeed, an enlightenment equal to the Buddhas’ enlightenment. This is called the Transference of Sameness with All Buddhas.

本觉湛然。觉齐佛觉。名等一切佛回向。

“When absolute truth is discovered, one’s level is the same as the level of all Buddhas. This is called the Transference of Reaching All Places.

精真发明。地如佛地。名至一切处回向。

“Worlds and Thus Come Ones include one another without any obstruction. This is called the Transference of a Treasury of Inexhaustible Merit and Virtue.

世界如来。互相涉入。得无挂碍。名无尽功德藏回向。

“Since they are identical with the Buddha-ground, they create causes which are pure at each and every level. Brilliance emanates from them as they rely on these causes, and they go straight down the path to Nirvana. This is called the

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Transference of Following in Accord with the Identity of All Good Roots.

于同佛地。地中各各生清净因。依因发挥。取涅盘道。名随顺平等善根回向。

“When the true roots are set down, then all living beings in the ten directions are my own nature. Not a single being is lost, as this nature is successfully perfected. This is called the Transference or Contemplating All Living Beings Equally.

真根既成。十方众生皆我本性。性圆成就。不失众生。名随顺等观一切众生回向。

“All dharmas are themselves apart from all appearances, and yet there is no attachment either to their existence or to separation from them. This is called the Transference of the Appearance of True Suchness.

即一切法。离一切相。唯即与离。二无所著。名真如相回向。

“That which is thus is truly obtained, and there is no obstruction throughout the ten directions. This is called the Transference of Unfettered Liberation.

真得所如。十方无碍。名无缚解脱回向。

“When the virtue of the nature is perfectly accomplished, the boundaries of the dharma realm are destroyed. This is called the Transference of the Limitlessness of the Dharma Realm.

性德圆成。法界量灭。名法界无量回向。

“Ananda, when these good men have completely purified these forty-one minds, they further accomplish four kinds of wonderfully perfect additional practices.

阿难。是善男子。尽是清净四十一心。次成四种妙圆加行。

“When the enlightenment of a Buddha is just about to become a function of his own mind, it is on the verge of emerging but has not yet emerged, and so it can be compared to the point just before wood ignites when it is drilled to produce fire. Therefore it is called the Level of Heat.

即以佛觉用为己心。若出未出。犹如钻火。欲然其木。名为暖地。

“He continues on with his mind, treading where the Buddhas tread, as if relying

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and yet not. It is as if he were climbing a lofty mountain, to the point where his body is in space but there remains a slight obstruction beneath him. Therefore it is called the Level of the Summit.

又以己心成佛所履。若依非依。如登高山。身入虚空。下有微碍。名为顶地。

“When the mind and the Buddha are two and yet the same, he has well obtained the Middle Way. He is like someone who endures something when it seems impossible to either hold it in or let it out. Therefore it is called the Level of Patience.

心佛二同。善得中道。如忍事人。非怀非出。名为忍地。

“When numbers are destroyed, there are no such designations as the Middle Way or as confusion and enlightenment; this is called the Level of Being First in the World.

数量销灭。迷觉中道。二无所目。名世第一地。

“Ananda, these good men have successfully penetrated through to Great Bodhi. Their enlightenment is entirely like the Thus Come One’s. They have fathomed the state of Buddhahood. This is called the Ground of Happiness.

阿难。是善男子。于大菩提善得通达。觉通如来。尽佛境界。名欢喜地。

“The differences enter into identity; the identity is destroyed. This is called the Ground of Leaving Filth.

异性入同。同性亦灭。名离垢地。

“At the point of ultimate purity, brightness comes forth. This is called the Ground of Emitting Light.

净极明生。名发光地。

“When the brightness becomes ultimate, enlightenment is full. This is called the Ground of Blazing Wisdom.

明极觉满。名焰慧地。

“No identity or difference can be attained. This is called the Ground of

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Invincibility.

一切同异所不能至。名难胜地。

“With unconditioned True Suchness, the nature is spotless, and brightness is revealed. This is called the Ground of Manifestation.

无为真如性净明露。名现前地。

“Coming to the farthest limits of True Suchness is called the Ground of Traveling Far.

尽真如际。名远行地。

“The single mind of True Suchness is called the Ground of Immovability.

一真如心。名不动地。

“Bringing forth the function of True Suchness is called the Ground of Good Wisdom.

发真如用。名善慧地。

“Ananda, all Bodhisattvas at this point and beyond have reached the effortless way in their cultivation. Their merit and virtue are perfected, and so all the previous positions are also called the Level of Cultivation.

阿难。是诸菩萨。从此已往。修习毕功。功德圆满。亦自此地名修习位。

“Then with a wonderful cloud of compassionate protection one covers the Sea of Nirvana. This is called the Ground of the Dharma Cloud.

慈阴妙云。覆涅盘海。名法云地。

“The Thus Come Ones counter the flow as the Bodhisattvas thus reach this point through compliance with practice. Their enlightenments intermingle; it is therefore called Equal Enlightenment.

如来逆流。如是菩萨顺行而至。觉际入交。名为等觉。

“Ananda, the enlightenment which encompasses the mind of dry wisdom through to the culmination of Equal Enlightenment is the initial attainment of

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the Vajra Mind. This constitutes the level of Initial Dry Wisdom.

阿难。从干慧心至等觉已。是觉始获金刚心中初干慧地。

“Thus there are totals of twelve single and grouped levels. At last they reach Wonderful Enlightenment and accomplish the Unsurpassed Way.

如是重重单复十二。方尽妙觉。成无上道。

“At all these levels they use vajra contemplation of the ten profound analogies for the ways in which things are like an illusion. In Shamatha they use the Thus Come Ones’ Vipashyana to cultivate them purely, to be certified to them, and to gradually enter them more and more deeply.

是种种地。皆以金刚观察如幻十种深喻。奢摩他中。用诸如来毗婆舍那。清净修证。渐次深入。

“Ananda, because they put to use the three means of advancement throughout all of them, they are well able to accomplish the fifty-five stages of the True Bodhi Path.

阿难。如是皆以三增进故。善能成就五十五位真菩提路。

“This manner of contemplation is called ‘proper contemplation.’ Contemplation other than this is called ‘deviant contemplation.’”

作是观者。名为正观。若他观者。名为邪观。

Then Dharma Prince Manjushri arose from his seat, and in the midst of the assembly he bowed at the Buddha’s feet and said to the Buddha, “What is the name of this sutra and how should we and all living beings uphold it?”

尔时文殊师利法王子。在大众中。即从座起。顶礼佛足。而白佛言。当何名是经。我及众生云何奉持。

The Buddha told Manjushri, “This Sutra is called ‘The Summit, Syi Dan Dwo Bwo Da La, and Unsurpassed Precious Seal of the Seal of the Great Buddha, and the Pure, Clear, Ocean-Like Eye of the Thus Comes Ones of the Ten Directions.’

佛告文殊师利。是经名大佛顶悉怛多般怛罗无上宝印。十方如来清净海眼。

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“It is also called ‘The Cause for Saving a Relative’: to rescue Ananda and the Bhikshuni Nature, who is now in this assembly, so that they obtain the Bodhi mind and enter the sea of pervasive knowledge.

亦名救护亲因。度脱阿难。及此会中性比丘尼。得菩提心。入遍知海。

“It is also called ‘The Tathagata’s Secret Cause of Cultivation, His Certification to the Complete Meaning.’

亦名如来密因修证了义。

“It is also called ‘The Great Pervasive Method, the Wonderful Lotus Flower King, the Dharani Mantra which is the Mother Of All Buddhas Of the Ten Directions.’

亦名大方广妙莲华王。十方佛母陀罗尼咒。

“It is also called ‘The Foremost Shurangama, Sections and Phrases for Anointing the Crown of the Head, and All Bodhisattvas’ Myriad Practices.’ Thus should you respectfully uphold it.”

亦名灌顶章句。诸菩萨万行首楞严。汝当奉持。

After this was said, Ananda and all in the great assembly immediately received the Thus Come One’s instruction in the secret seal, the meaning of Bwo Da La, and heard these names for the complete meaning of this Sutra.

说是语已。实时阿难及诸大众。得蒙如来开示密印般怛罗义。兼闻此经了义名目。

They were suddenly enlightened to dhyana, advanced in their cultivation to the sagely position, and increased their understanding of the wonderful principle. Their minds were focused and serene.

顿悟禅那修进圣位。增上妙理。心虑虚凝。

Ananda cut off and cast aside six sections of subtle afflictions in his cultivation of the mind in the Triple Realm.

断除三界修心六品微细烦恼。

He arose from his seat, bowed at the Buddha’s feet, placed his palms together

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respectfully, and said to the Buddha. “The Great, Awesome and Virtuous World Honored One, whose compassionate sound knows no limit, has well instructed living beings as to their extremely subtle submersion in delusion and has caused me on this day to become blissful in body and mind and to obtain enormous benefit.

即从座起。顶礼佛足。合掌恭敬。而白佛言。大威德世尊。慈音无遮。善开众生微细沈惑。令我今日身心快然。得大饶益。

“World Honored One, if the wonderful brightness, of this truly pure and wonderful mind is basically all-pervading, then everything on the great earth, including the grasses and trees, the wriggling worms and tiny forms of life are originally True Suchness and are themselves the Thus Come One-the Buddha’s true body.

世尊。若此妙明真净妙心。本来遍圆。如是乃至大地草木。蠕动含灵。本元真如。即是如来成佛真体。

“Since the Buddha’s body is true and real, how can there also be hells, hungry ghosts, animals, asuras, humans, gods, and other paths of rebirth? World Honored One, do these paths exist naturally of themselves, or are they created by living beings’ falseness and habits?

佛体真实。云何复有地狱、饿鬼、畜生、修罗、人、天等道。世尊。此道为复本来自有。为是众生妄习生起。

“World Honored One, the bhikshuni Precious Lotus Fragrance, for example, received the Bodhisattva Precepts and then indulged in lustful desire, saying that sexual acts did not involve killing or stealing and that they carried no karmic retribution. But after saying this, her female organs caught fire, and then the raging blaze spread throughout all her joints as she fell into the Unintermittent Hell alive. 世尊。如宝莲香比丘尼。持菩萨戒。私行淫欲。妄言行淫非杀非偷。无有业报。发是语已。先于女根生大猛火。后于节节猛火烧然。堕无间狱。

“And there were the Mighty King Crystal and the Bhikshu Good Stars. Crystal exterminated the Gautama clan and Good Stars lied and said that all dharmas are empty. They both sank into the Unintermittent Hell alive.

琉璃大王。善星比丘。琉璃为诛瞿昙族姓。善星妄说一切法空。生身陷入阿鼻

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地狱。

“Are these hells fixed places, or do they arise spontaneously? Is it that each individual undergoes whatever kind of karma he or she creates? I only hope the Buddha will be compassionate and instruct those of us who do not understand this. May he cause all beings who uphold the precepts to positively and respectfully receive this determination upon hearing it and be careful and clear, free from any violations.”

此诸地狱。为有定处。为复自然。彼彼发业。各各私受。惟垂大慈。开发童蒙。令诸一切持戒众生。闻决定义。欢喜顶戴。谨洁无犯。

The Buddha said to Ananda, “What a good question! You want to keep all living beings from entering into deviant views. You should listen attentively now and I will explain this matter for you.

佛告阿难。快哉此问。令诸众生不入邪见。汝今谛听。当为汝说。

“Actually, Ananda, all living beings are fundamentally true and pure, but because of their false views they give rise to the falseness of habits, which are divided into an internal aspect and an external aspect.

阿难。一切众生实本真净。因彼妄见。有妄习生。因此分开内分外分。

“Ananda, the internal aspect refers to what occurs inside living beings. Because of love and defilement, they produce the falseness of emotions. When these emotions accumulate without cease, they can create the fluids of love.

阿难。内分即是众生分内。因诸爱染。发起妄情。情积不休。能生爱水。

“That is why living beings’ mouths water when they think about delicious food. When they think about a deceased person, either with fondness or with anger, tears will flow from their eyes. When they are greedy for wealth and jewels, a current of lust will course through their hearts. When confronted with a smooth and supple body, their minds become attached to lustful conduct and from both male and female organs will come spontaneous secretions.

是故众生。心忆珍羞。口中水出。心忆前人。或怜或恨。目中泪盈。贪求财宝。心发爱涎。举体光润。心着行淫。男女二根。自然流液。

“Ananda, although the kinds of love differ, their flow and oppression is the same.

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With this moisture, one cannot ascend, but will naturally fall. This is called the ‘internal aspect.’

阿难。诸爱虽别。流结是同。润湿不升。自然从坠。此名内分。

“Ananda, the ‘external aspect’ refers to what happens outside living beings. Because of longing and yearning, they invent the fallacy of discursive thought. When this reasoning accumulates without cease, it can create ascending vapors.

阿难。外分即是众生分外。因诸渴仰。发明虚想。想积不休。能生胜气。

“That is why when living beings uphold the prohibitive precepts in their minds, their bodies will be buoyant and feel light and clear. When they uphold mantra seals in their minds, they will command a heroic and resolute perspective. When they have the desire in their minds to be born in the heavens, in their dreams they will have thoughts of flying and ascending. When they cherish the Buddhalands in their minds, then the sagely realms will appear in a shimmering vision, and they will serve the good and wise advisors with little thought for their own lives.

是故众生。心持禁戒。举身轻清。心持咒印。顾盻雄毅。心欲生天。梦想飞举。心存佛国。圣境冥现。事善知识。自轻身命。

“Ananda, although the thought varies, the lightness and uplifting is the same. With flight and ascension, one will not sink, but will naturally become transcendent. This is called the External Aspect.

阿难。诸想虽别。轻举是同。飞动不沈。自然超越。此名外分。

“Ananda, all beings in the world are caught up in the continuity of birth and death. Birth happens because of their habitual tendencies; death comes through flow and change. When they are on the verge of dying, but when the final warmth has not left their bodies, all the good and evil they have done in that life suddenly and simultaneously manifests. They experience the intermingling of two habits: an abhorrence of death and an attraction to life.

阿难。一切世间生死相续。生从顺习。死从变流。临命终时。未舍暖触。一生善恶俱时顿现。死逆生顺。二习相交。

“Endowed solely with thought, they will fly and can certainly be reborn in the

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heavens above. If they fly from the heart, and if they have blessings and wisdom, as well as pure vows, then their hearts will spontaneously open and they will see the Buddhas of the ten directions and all their pure lands and they will be reborn in whichever one they wish.

纯想即飞。必生天上。若飞心中。兼福兼慧。及与净愿。自然心开。见十方佛。一切净土。随愿往生。

“When they have more thought than emotion, they are not quite as ethereal and so they become flying immortals, great mighty ghost kings, space traveling-yakshas, or earth-traveling rakshasas who roam the form heavens, going where they please without obstruction.

情少想多。轻举非远。即为飞仙。大力鬼王、飞行夜叉、地行罗刹、游于四天。所去无碍。

“Among them may be some with good vows and good hearts who protect and uphold my Dharma. Perhaps they protect the pure precepts by following and supporting those who hold precepts. Perhaps they protect spiritual mantras by following and supporting those who hold mantras. Perhaps they protect Ch’an samadhi by guarding and comforting those who are patient with dharmas. These beings are close at hand beneath the Thus Come One’s seat.

其中若有善愿善心。护持我法。或护禁戒。随持戒人。或护神咒。随持咒者。或护禅定。保绥法忍。是等亲住如来座下。

“When their thought and emotion are of equal proportions, they cannot fly and they do not fall, but are born in the human realm. If their thought is bright, their wits are keen. If their emotion is dark, their wits are dull.

情想均等。不飞不坠。生于人间。想明斯聪。情幽斯钝。

“When they have more emotion than thought, they enter the animal realm. With heavier emotion, they become fur-bearing beasts; with lighter emotion, they become winged creatures.

情多想少。流入横生。重为毛群。轻为羽族。

“When they have seventy percent emotion and thirty percent thought, they fall beneath the wheel of water into the regions of fire, where they come into contact with steam which is itself like a terrible blaze. In the bodies of hungry ghosts,

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they are constantly burned by that fire. Even water harms them, and they have nothing to eat or drink for hundreds of thousands of kalpas.

七情三想。沉下水轮。生于火际。受气猛火。身为饿鬼。常被焚烧。水能害己。无食无饮。经百千劫。

“When they have ninety percent emotion and ten percent thought, they fall through the wheel of fire until their bodies enter wind and fire, in a region where the two interact. With lighter emotion they are born in the intermittent hell; with heavier emotion they are born in the Unintermittent Hell. 九情一想。下洞火轮。身入风火二交过地。轻生有间。重生无间。二种地狱。

“When they are possessed entirely of emotion, they sink into the Avici Hell. If the emotion has gone into their hearts so that they slander the Great Vehicle, defame the Buddha’s pure precepts, speak crazy and false dharma, are greedy for offerings from the faithful, recklessly accept the respect of others, commit the five rebellious acts and the ten major offenses, then they are further reborn in Avici Hells throughout the ten directions.

纯情即沈。入阿鼻狱。若沉心中。有谤大乘。毁佛禁戒。诳妄说法。虚贪信施。滥膺恭敬。五逆十重。更生十方阿鼻地狱。

“Although one receives one’s due according to the evil karma one has created, a group can undergo an identical lot, and there are definite places where it occurs.

循造恶业。虽则自招。众同分中。兼有元地。

“Ananda, it all comes from the karmic responses which living beings themselves invoke. They create ten habitual causes and undergo six interacting retributions.

阿难。此等皆是彼诸众生自业所感。造十习因。受六交报。

“What are the ten causes? Ananda, the first consists of habits of lust and reciprocal interactions which give rise to mutual rubbing. When this rubbing continues without cease, it produces a tremendous raging fire within which movement occurs, just as warmth arises between a person’s hands when he rubs them together.

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云何十因。阿难。一者。淫习交接。发于相磨。研磨不休。如是故有大猛火光。于中发动。如人以手自相摩触。暖相现前。

“Because these two habits set each other ablaze, there come into being the iron bed, the copper pillar, and other such experiences.

二习相然。故有铁床铜柱诸事。

“Therefore the Thus Come Ones of the ten directions look upon the practice of lust and name it the ‘fire of desire.’ Bodhisattvas avoid desire as they would a fiery pit.

是故十方一切如来。色目行淫。同名欲火。菩萨见欲。如避火坑。

“The second consists of habits of greed and intermingled scheming which give rise to a suction. When this suction becomes dominant and incessant, it produces intense cold and solid ice where freezing occurs, just as a sensation of cold is experienced when a person draws in a blast of wind through his mouth.

二者。贪习交计。发于相吸。吸揽不止。如是故有积寒坚冰。于中冻冽。如人以口吸缩风气。有冷触生。

“Because these two habits clash together, there come into being chattering, whimpering and shuddering; blue, red, and white lotuses; cold and ice; and other such experiences.

二习相陵。故有咤咤、波波、罗罗、青赤白莲、寒冰等事。

“Therefore the Thus Come Ones of the ten directions look upon excessive seeking and name it "the water of greed". Bodhisattvas avoid greed as they would a sea of pestilence.

是故十方一切如来。色目多求。同名贪水。菩萨见贪。如避瘴海。

“The third consists of habits of arrogance and resulting friction which give rise to mutual intimidation. When it accelerates without cease, it produces torrents and rapids which create restless waves of water, just as water is produced when a person continuously works his tongue in an effort to taste flavors.

三者。慢习交陵。发于相恃。驰流不息。如是故有腾逸奔波。积波为水。如人

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口舌自相绵味。因而水发。

“Because these two habits incite one another, there come into being the River of Blood, the River of Ashes, the Burning Sand, the Poisonous Sea, the Molten Copper which is poured over one or which must be swallowed, and other such experiences.

二习相鼓。故有血河、灰河、热沙、毒海、融铜、灌吞诸事。

“Therefore, the Thus Come Ones of the ten directions look upon self-satisfaction and name it ‘drinking the water of stupidity.’ Bodhisattvas avoid arrogance as they would a huge deluge.

故十方一切如来。色目我慢。名饮痴水。菩萨见慢。如避巨溺。

“The fourth consists of habits of hatred which give rise to mutual defiance. When this defiance binds one without cease, one’s heart becomes so hot that it catches fire, and the molten vapor turns into metal.

四者。嗔习交冲。发于相忤。忤结不息。心热发火。铸气为金。

“From it is produced the Mountain of Knives, the Iron Cudgel, the Tree of Swords, the Wheel of Swords, Axes and Halberds, and Spears and Saws. It is like the intent to kill surging forth when a person meets a mortal enemy, so that he is roused to action.

如是故有刀山、铁捆、剑树、剑轮、斧钺、枪锯。如人衔冤。杀气飞动。 “Because these two habits clash with one another, there come into being castration and hacking, beheading and mutilation, filing and sticking, flogging and beating, and other such experiences. 二习相击。故有宫割、斩斫、剉剌、槌击诸事。

“Therefore, the Thus Come Ones of the ten directions look upon hatred and name it ‘sharp knives and swords.’ Bodhisattvas avoid hatred as they would their own execution.

是故十方一切如来。色目嗔恚。名利刀剑。菩萨见嗔。如避诛戮。

“The fifth consists of habits of deception and misleading involvements which give rise to mutual guile. When such maneuvering continues without cease, it produces the ropes and wood of a gallows for hanging, like the grass and trees

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that grow when water saturates a field.

五者。诈习交诱。发于相调。引起不住。如是故有绳木绞校。如水浸田。草木生长。

“Because the two habits perpetuate one another, there come into being handcuffs and fetters, cangues and locks, whips and clubs, sticks and cudgels, and other such experiences.

二习相延。故有杻械、枷锁、鞭杖、檛棒诸事。

“Therefore, the Thus Come Ones of the ten directions look upon deception and name it a ‘treacherous crook.’ Bodhisattvas fear deception as they would a savage wolf.

是故十方一切如来。色目奸伪。同名谗贼。菩萨见诈。如畏豺狼。

“The sixth consists of habits of lying and combined fraudulence which give rise to mutual cheating. When false accusations continue without cease, one becomes adept at corruption.

六者。诳习交欺。发于相罔。诬罔不止。飞心造奸。

“From this there come into being Dust and Dirt, Excrement and Urine, filth, stench, and impurities. It is like the obscuring of everyone’s vision when the dust is stirred up by the wind.

如是故有尘土屎尿。秽污不净。如尘随风。各无所见。

“Because these two habits augment one another, there come into being Sinking and Drowning, Tossing and Pitching, Flying and Falling, Floating and Submerging, and other such experiences.

二习相加。故有没溺腾掷。飞坠漂沦诸事。

“Therefore, the Thus Come Ones of the ten directions look upon lying and name it ‘robbery and murder.’ Bodhisattvas regard lying as they would treading on a venomous snake.

是故十方一切如来。色目欺诳同名劫杀。菩萨见诳。如践蛇虺。

“The seventh consists of habits of animosity and interconnected enmity which

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give rise to grievances. From this there come into being Flying Rocks, Thrown Stones, Caskets and Closets, Cages on Wheels, Jars and Containers, and Bags and Rods. It is like someone harming others secretly – he harbors, cherishes, and nurtures evil.

七者。怨习交嫌。发于衔恨。如是故有飞石投砺。柙贮车槛。瓮盛囊扑。如阴毒人。怀抱畜恶。

“Because these two habits swallow one another up, there come into being Tossing and Pitching, Seizing and Apprehending, Striking and Shooting, Casting Away and Pinching, and other such experiences.

二习相吞。故有投掷擒捉。击射抛撮诸事。

“Therefore, the Thus Come Ones of the ten directions look upon animosity and name it a ‘disobedient and harmful ghost.’ Bodhisattvas regard animosity as they would drinking poisonous wine.

是故十方一切如来。色目怨家。名违害鬼。菩萨见怨。如饮鸩酒。

“The eighth consists of habits of views and the admixture of understandings, such as satkayadrishti, views, moral prohibitions, grasping, and deviant insight into various kinds of karma, which bring about opposition and produce mutual antagonism. From them there come into being court officials, deputies, certifiers, and registrars. They are like people traveling on a road, who meet each other coming and going.

八者。见习交明。如萨迦耶。见戒禁取。邪悟诸业。发于违拒。出生相反。如是故有王使主吏。证执文籍。如行路人。来往相见。

“Because these two habits influence one another, there come into being official inquiries, baited questions, examinations, interrogations, public investigations, exposure, the youths who record good and evil, carrying the record books of the offenders’ arguments and rationalizations, and other such experiences.

二习相交。故有勘问权诈、考讯推鞫、察访、披究、照明、善恶童子。手执文簿辞辩诸事。

“Therefore, the Thus Come Ones of the ten directions look upon evil views and name them the ‘pit of views.’ Bodhisattvas regard having false and one-sided

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views as they would standing on the edge of a steep ravine full of poison.

是故十方一切如来。色目恶见。同名见坑。菩萨见诸虚妄遍执。如临毒壑。 “The ninth consists of the habits of injustice and their interconnected support of one another; they result in instigating false charges and libeling. From them are produced crushing between mountains, crushing between rocks, stone rollers, stone grinders, plowing, and pulverizing. It is like a slanderous villain who engages in persecuting good people unjustly.

九者。枉习交加。发于诬谤。如是故有合山合石。碾硙耕磨。如谗贼人。逼枉良善。

“Because these two habits join ranks, there come into being pressing and pushing, bludgeons and compulsion, squeezing and straining, weighing and measuring, and other such experiences.

二习相排。故有押捺捶按。蹙漉衡度诸事。

“Therefore, the Thus Come Ones of the ten directions look upon harmful accusations and name them ‘a treacherous tiger.’ Bodhisattvas regard injustice as they would a bolt of lightning.

是故十方一切如来。色目怨谤。同名谗虎。菩萨见枉。如遭霹雳。

“The tenth consists of the habits of litigation and the mutual disputations which give rise to covering. From them there are produced a look in the mirror and illumination by the lamp. It is like being in direct sunlight: there is no way one can hide one’s shadow.

十者。讼习交諠。发于藏覆。如是故有鉴见照烛。如于日中。不能藏影。 “Because these two habits bicker back and forth, there come into being evil companions, the mirror of karma, the fiery pearl, exposure of past karma, inquests, and other such experiences.

二习相陈。故有恶友、业镜、火珠、披露宿业。对验诸事。

“Therefore, all the Thus Come Ones of the ten directions look upon covering and name it a ‘yin villain.’ Bodhisattvas regard covering as they would having to carry a mountain atop their heads while walking upon the sea.

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是故十方一切如来。色目覆藏。同名阴贼。菩萨观覆。如戴高山。履于巨海。

“What are the six retributions? Ananda, living beings create karma with their six consciousnesses. The evil retributions they call down upon themselves come from the six sense organs.

云何六报。阿难。一切众生六识造业。所招恶报。从六根出。

“What are the evil retributions that arise from the six sense organs? The first is the retribution of seeing, which beckons one and leads one to evil ends. The karma of seeing intermingles, so that at the time of death one first sees a raging conflagration which fills the ten directions. The deceased one’s spiritual consciousness takes flight, but then falls. Riding on a wisp of smoke, it enters the Unintermittent Hell.

云何恶报从六根出。一者。见报招引恶果。此见业交。则临终时。先见猛火满十方界。亡者神识。飞坠乘烟。入无间狱。

“There, it is aware of two appearances. One is a perception of brightness in which can be seen all sorts of evil things, and it gives rise to boundless fear. The other is a perception of darkness in which there is total stillness and no sight, and it experiences boundless terror.

发明二相。一者明见。则能遍见种种恶物。生无量畏。二者暗见。寂然不见。生无量恐。

“When the fire that comes from seeing burns the sense of hearing, it becomes cauldrons of boiling water and molten copper. When it burns the breath, it becomes black smoke and purple fumes. When it burns the sense of taste, it becomes scorching hot pellets and molten iron gruel. When it burns the sense of touch, it becomes white-hot embers and glowing coals. When it burns the mind, it becomes stars of fire that shower everywhere and whip up and inflame the entire realm of space.

如是见火。烧听能为镬汤烊铜。烧息能为黑烟紫焰。烧味能为焦丸铁糜。烧触能为热灰炉炭。烧心能生星火迸洒。煽鼓空界。

“The second is the retribution of hearing, which beckons one and leads one to evil ends. The karma of hearing intermingles, and thus at the time of death one first sees gigantic waves that drown heaven and earth. The deceased one’s spiritual consciousness falls into the water and rides the current into the

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Unintermittent Hell.

二者。闻报招引恶果。此闻业交。则临终时。先见波涛没溺天地。亡者神识。降注乘流。入无间狱。

“There, it is aware of two sensations. One is open hearing, in which it hears all sorts of noise and its essential spirit becomes confused. The other is closed hearing, in which there is total stillness and no hearing, and its soul sinks into oblivion.

发明二相。一者开听。听种种闹。精神茅乱。二者闭听。寂无所闻。幽魄沉没。

“When the waves from hearing flow into the hearing, they become scolding and interrogation. When they flow into the seeing, they become thunder and roaring and evil poisonous vapors. When they flow into the breath, they become rain and fog that is permeated with poisonous organisms that entirely fill up the body. When they flow into the sense of taste, they become pus and blood and every kind of filth. When they flow into the sense of touch, they become animals and ghosts, and excrement and urine. When they flow into the mind, they become lightning and hail which ravage the heart and soul.

如是闻波。注闻。则能为责为诘。注见。则能为雷为吼。为恶毒气。注息。则能为雨为雾。洒诸毒虫周满身体。注味。则能为脓为血。种种杂秽。注触。则能为畜为鬼。为粪为尿。注意。则能为电为雹。摧碎心魄。

“The third is the retribution of smelling, which beckons one and leads one to evil ends. The karma of smelling intermingles, and thus at the time of death one first sees a poisonous smoke that permeates the atmosphere near and far. The deceased one’s spiritual consciousness wells up out of the earth and enters the Unintermittent Hell.

三者。嗅报招引恶果。此嗅业交。则临终时。先见毒气充塞远近。亡者神识。从地踊出。入无间狱。

“There, it is aware of two sensations. One is unobstructed smelling, in which it is thoroughly infused with the evil vapors and its mind becomes distressed. The other is obstructed smelling, in which its breath is cut off and there is no passage, and it lies stifled and suffocating on the ground.

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发明二相。一者通闻。被诸恶气熏极心扰。二者塞闻。气掩不通。闷绝于地。

“When the vapor of smelling invades the breath, it becomes cross-examination and bearing witness. When it invades the seeing, it becomes fire and torches. When it invades the hearing, it becomes sinking and drowning, oceans, and bubbling cauldrons. When it invades the sense of taste, it becomes putrid or rancid foods. When it invades the sense of touch, it becomes ripping apart and beating to a pulp. It also becomes a huge mountain of flesh which has a hundred thousand eyes and which is sucked and fed upon by numberless worms. When it invades the mind, it becomes ashes, pestilent airs, and flying sand and gravel which cut the body to ribbons.

如是嗅气。冲息。则能为质为履。冲见。则能为火为炬。冲听。则能为没为溺。为洋为沸。冲味。则能为馁为爽。冲触。则能为绽为烂。为大肉山。有百千眼。无量咂食。冲思。则能为灰为瘴。为飞砂沥。击碎身体。

“The fourth is the retribution of tasting, which beckons one and leads one to evil ends. This karma of tasting intermingles, and thus at the time of death one first sees an iron net ablaze with a raging fire that covers over the entire world. The deceased one’s spiritual consciousness passes down through this hanging net, and suspended upside down it enters the Unintermittent Hell.

四者。味报招引恶果。此味业交。则临终时。先见铁网猛焰炽烈。周覆世界。亡者神识。下透挂网。倒悬其头。入无间狱。

“There, it is aware of two sensations. One is a sucking air which congeals into ice so that it freezes the flesh of his body. The other is a spitting blast of air which spews out a raging fire that roasts his bones and marrow to a pulp.

发明二相。一者吸气。结成寒冰。冻裂身肉。二者吐气。飞为猛火。焦烂骨髓。

“When the tasting of flavors passes through the sense of taste, it becomes what must be acknowledged and what must be endured. When it passes through the seeing, it becomes burning metal and stones. When it passes through the hearing, it becomes sharp weapons and knives. When it passes through the sense of smell, it becomes a vast iron cage that encloses the entire land. When it passes through the sense of touch, it becomes bows and arrows, crossbows, and darts. When it passes through the mind, it becomes flying pieces of molten iron that rain down from out of space.

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如是尝味。历尝。则能为承为忍。历见。则能为然金石。历听。则能为利兵刃。历息。则能为大铁笼。弥覆国土。历触。则能为弓为箭。为弩为射。历思。则能为飞热铁从空雨下。

“The fifth is the retribution of touching, which beckons one and leads one to evil ends. The karma of touching intermingles, and thus at the time of death one first sees huge mountains closing in on one from four sides, leaving no path of escape. The deceased one’s spiritual consciousness then sees a vast iron city. Fiery snakes and fiery dogs, wolves, lions, ox-headed jail keepers, and horse-headed rakshasas brandishing spears and lances drive it into the iron city toward the Unintermittent Hell.

五者。触报招引恶果。此触业交。则临终时。先见大山四面来合。无复出路。亡者神识。见大铁城。火蛇火狗。虎狼师子。牛头狱卒。马头罗刹。手执枪茅。驱入城门。向无间狱。

“There, it is aware of two sensations. One is touch that involves coming together, in which mountains come together to squeeze its body until its flesh, bones, and blood are totally dispersed. The other is touch that involves separation, in which knives and swords attack the body, ripping the heart and liver to shreds.

发明二相。一者合触。合山逼体。骨肉血溃。二者离触。刀剑触身。心肝屠裂。

“When this touching passes through the sensation of touch, it becomes striking, binding, stabbing, and piercing. When it passes through the seeing, it becomes burning and scorching. When it passes through the hearing, it becomes questioning, investigating, court examinations, and interrogation. When it passes through the sense of smell, it becomes enclosures, bags, beating, and binding up. When it passes through the sense of taste, it becomes plowing, pinching, chopping, and severing. When it passes through the mind, it becomes falling, flying, frying, and broiling.

如是合触。历触。则能为道为观。为厅为案。历见。则能为烧为爇。历听。则能为撞为击。为剚为射。历息。则能为括为袋。为考为缚。历尝则能为耕为钳。为斩为截。历思则能为坠为飞。为煎为炙。

“The sixth is the retribution of thinking, which beckons one and leads one to evil ends. The karma of thinking intermingles, and thus at the time of death one first sees a foul wind which devastates the land. The deceased one’s spiritual

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consciousness is blown up into space, and then, spiraling downward, it rides that wind straight into the Unintermittent Hell.

六者。思报招引恶果。此思业交。则临终时。先见恶风吹坏国土。亡者神识。被吹上空。旋落乘风。堕无间狱。

“There, it is aware of two sensations. One is extreme confusion, which causes it to be frantic and to race about ceaselessly. The other is not confusion, but rather an acute awareness which causes it to suffer from endless roasting and burning, the extreme pain of which is difficult to bear.

发明二相。一者不觉。迷极则荒。奔走不息。二者不迷。觉知则苦。无量煎烧。痛深难忍。

“When this deviant thought combines with thinking, it becomes locations and places. When it combines with seeing, it becomes inspection and testimonies. When it combines with hearing, it becomes huge crushing rocks, ice and frost, dirt and fog. When it combines with smelling, it becomes a great fiery car, a fiery boat, and a fiery jail. When it combines with tasting, it becomes loud calling, wailing, and regretful crying. When it combines with touch, it becomes sensations of large and small, where ten thousand births and ten thousands deaths are endured every day, and of lying with one’s face to the ground.

如是邪思。结思。则能为方为所。结见。则能为鉴为证。结听。则能为大合石。为冰为霜。为土为雾。结息。则能为大火车。火船火槛。结尝。则能为大叫唤。为悔为泣。结触。则能为大为小。为一日中万生万死。为偃为仰。 “Ananda, these are called the ten causes and six retributions of the hells, which are all created by the confusion and falseness of living beings.

阿难。是名地狱十因六果。皆是众生迷妄所造。

“If living beings create this evil karma simultaneously, they enter the Avici Hell and endure limitless suffering, passing through limitless kalpas.

若诸众生。恶业同造。入阿鼻狱。受无量苦。经无量劫。

“If each of the six sense organs creates them and if what is done includes each state and each sense organ, then the person will enter the Eight Unintermittent Hells.

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六根各造。及彼所作兼境兼根。是人则入八无间狱。

“If the three karmas of body, mouth, and mind commit acts of killing, stealing, and lust, the person will enter the eighteen hells.

身口意三。作杀盗淫。是人则入十八地狱。

“If the three karmas are not all involved, and there is perhaps just one act of killing and/or of stealing, then the person must enter the Thirty-six Hells.

三业不兼。中间或为一杀一盗。是人则入三十六地狱。

“If the sense organ of sight alone commits just one karmic offense, then the person must enter the one hundred and eight hells.

见见一根。单犯一业。是人则入一百八地狱。

“Because of this, living beings who do certain things create certain karma, and so in the world they enter collective hells, which arise from false thinking and which originally are not there at all.

由是众生别作别造。于世界中入同分地。妄想发生。非本来有。

“And then, Ananda, after the living beings who have slandered and destroyed rules and deportment, violated the Bodhisattva precepts, slandered the Buddha’s Nirvana, and created various other kinds of karma, pass through many kalpas of being burned in the inferno, they finally finish paying for their offenses and are reborn as ghosts.

复次阿难。是诸众生。非破律仪。犯菩萨戒。毁佛涅盘。诸余杂业。历劫烧然。后还罪毕。受诸鬼形。

“If greed for material objects was the original cause that made the person commit offenses, then, after he has finished paying for his crimes, he takes shape when he encounters material objects, and he is called a strange ghost.

若于本因贪物为罪。是人罪毕。遇物成形。名为怪鬼。

“If it was greed for lust that made the person commit offenses, then, after he has finished paying for his crimes, he takes shape when he encounters the wind, and he is called a drought-ghost.

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贪色为罪。是人罪毕。遇风成形。名为魃鬼。

“If it was greed to lie that made the person commit offenses, then, after he has finished paying for his crimes, he takes shape when he encounters an animal, and he is called a mei ghost.

贪惑为罪。是人罪毕。遇畜成形。名为魅鬼。

“If it was greed for hatred that made the person commit offenses, then, after he has finished paying for his crimes, he takes shape when he encounters worms, and he is called a ku poison ghost.

贪恨为罪。是人罪毕。遇虫成形。名蛊毒鬼。

“If it was greed for animosity that made the person commit offenses, then, after he has finished paying for his crimes, he takes shape when he encounters degeneration, and he is called a pestilence ghost.

贪忆为罪。是人罪毕。遇衰成形。名为疠鬼。

“If it was greed to be arrogant that made the person commit offenses, then after he has finished paying for his crimes, he takes shape when he encounters gases, and he is called a hungry ghost.

贪傲为罪。是人罪毕。遇气成形。名为饿鬼。

“If it was greed to be unjust to others that made the person commit offenses, then after he has finished paying for his crimes, he takes shape when he encounters darkness, and he is called a paralysis ghost.

贪罔为罪。是人罪毕。遇幽为形。名为魇鬼。

“If it was greed for views that made the person commit offenses, then, after he has finished paying for his crimes, he takes shape when he encounters essential energy, and he is called a wang-liang ghost.

贪明为罪。是人罪毕。遇精为形。名魍魉鬼。

“If it was greed for deception that made the person commit offenses, then, after he has finished paying for his crimes, he takes shape when he encounters brightness, and he is called a servant ghost.

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贪成为罪。是人罪毕。遇明为形。名役使鬼。

“If it was greed to be litigious that made the person commit offenses, then, after he has finished paying for his crimes, he takes shape when he encounters people, and he is called a messenger ghost.

贪党为罪。是人罪毕。遇人为形。名传送鬼。

“Ananda, such a person’s fall is due to his totally emotional level of functioning. When his karmic fire has burned out, he will rise up to be reborn as a ghost. This is occasioned by his own karma of false thinking. If he awakens to Bodhi, then in the wonderful perfect brightness there isn’t anything at all.

阿难。是人皆以纯情坠落。业火烧干。上出为鬼。此等皆是自妄想业之所招引。若悟菩提。则妙圆明本无所有。

“Moreover, Ananda, when his karma as a ghost is ended, the problem of emotion as opposed to discursive thought is resolved. At that point he must pay back in kind what he borrowed from others to resolve those grievances. He is born into the body of an animal to repay his debts from past lives.

复次阿难。鬼业既尽。则情与想二俱成空。方于世间与元负人怨对相值。身为畜生。酬其宿债。

“The retribution of the strange ghost of material objects is finished when the object is destroyed and it is reborn in the world, usually as a species of owl.

物怪之鬼。物销报尽。生于世间。多为枭类。

“The retribution of the drought ghost of the wind is finished when the wind subsides, and it is reborn in the world, usually as a species of weird creature which gives inauspicious prognostications.

风魃之鬼。风销报尽。生于世间。多为咎征一切异类。

“The retribution of the mei ghost of an animal is finished when the animal dies, and it is reborn in the world, usually as a species of fox.

畜魅之鬼。畜死报尽。生于世间。多为狐类。

“The retribution of the ku ghost in the form of worms is finished when the ku is

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exhausted, and it is reborn in the world, usually as a species of venomous creature.

虫蛊之鬼。蛊灭报尽。生于世间。多为毒类。

“The retribution of a pestilence ghost found in degeneration is finished when the degeneration is complete, and it is reborn in the world, usually as a species of tapeworm.

衰疠之鬼。衰穷报尽。生于世间。多为蛔类。

“The retribution of the ghost which takes shape in gases is finished when the gases are gone, and it is then reborn in the world, usually as a species of eating animal.

受气之鬼。气销报尽。生于世间。多为食类。

“The retribution of the ghost of prolonged darkness is finished when the darkness ends, and it is then reborn in the world, usually as a species of animal used for clothing or service.

绵幽之鬼。幽销报尽。生于世间。多为服类。

“The retribution of the ghost which unites with energy is finished when the union dissolves, and it is then reborn in the world, usually as a species of migratory creature.

和精之鬼。和销报尽。生于世间。多为应类。

“The retribution of the ghost of brightness and intellect is finished when the brightness disappears, and it is then reborn in the world, usually as a species of auspicious creature.

明灵之鬼。明灭报尽。生于世间。多为休征一切诸类。

“The retribution of the ghost that relies on a person is finished when the person dies, and it is then reborn in the world, usually as a species of domestic animal.

依人之鬼。人亡报尽。生于世间。多为循类。

“Ananda, all this is due to the burning out of his karmic fire in payment for his debts from past lives. The rebirth as an animal is also occasioned by his own false

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and empty karma. If he awakens to Bodhi, then fundamentally none of these false conditions will exist at all.

阿难。是等皆以业火干枯。酬其宿债。傍为畜生。此等亦皆自虚妄业之所招引。若悟菩提。则此妄缘本无所有。

“You mentioned Precious Lotus Fragrance, King Crystal, and Bhikshu Good Stars. Evil karma such as theirs was created by them alone. It did not fall down out of the heavens or well up from the earth, nor was it imposed upon them by some person. Their own falseness brought it into being, and so they themselves have to undergo it. In the Bodhi mind, it is empty and false – a cohesion of false thoughts.

如汝所言宝莲香等。及琉璃王。善星比丘。如是恶业。本自发明。非从天降。亦非地出。亦非人与。自妄所招。还自来受。菩提心中。皆为浮虚妄想凝结。

"Moreover, Ananda, if while repaying his past debts by undergoing rebirth as an animal, such a living being pays back more than he owed, he will then be reborn as a human to rectify the excess.

复次阿难。从是畜生酬偿先债。若彼酬者分越所酬。此等众生。还复为人。反征其剩。

“If he is a person with strength, blessings, and virtue, then once he is in the human realm, he will not have to lose his human rebirth after what is owed him is restored. But if he lacks blessings, then he will return to the animal realm to continue repaying his debts.

如彼有力兼有福德。则于人中不舍人身。酬还彼力。若无福者。还为畜生。偿彼余直。

“Ananda, you should know that once the debt is paid, whether with money, material goods, or manual labor, the process of repayment naturally comes to an end.

阿难当知。若用钱物。或役其力。偿足自停。

“But if in the process he took the lives of other beings or ate their flesh, then he continues in the same way, passing through kalpas as many as motes of fine dust, taking turns devouring and being slaughtered in a cycle that sends him up and

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down endlessly.

如于中间。杀彼身命。或食其肉。如是乃至经微尘劫。相食相诛。犹如转轮。互为高下。无有休息。

“There is no way to put a stop to it, except through Shamatha or through a Buddha’s coming to the world.

除奢摩他及佛出世。不可停寝。

“You should know that when owls and their kind have paid back their debts, they regain their original form and are born as people, but among those who are corrupt and obstinate.

汝今应知。彼枭伦者。酬足复形。生人道中。参合顽类。

“When creatures that are inauspicious have paid back their debts, they regain their original form and are born as people, but among those who are abnormal.

彼咎征者。酬足复形。生人道中。参合异类。

“When foxes have paid back their debts, they regain their original forms and are born as people, but among those who are simpletons.

彼狐伦者。酬足复形。生人道中。参于庸类。

“When creatures of the venomous category have paid back their debts, they regain their original form and are born as people, but among those who are hateful.

彼毒伦者。酬足复形。生人道中。参合狠类。

“When tapeworms and their like have paid back their debts, they regain their original form and are born as people, but among those who are lowly.

彼蛔伦者。酬足复形 。生人道中。参合微类。 “When the edible types of creatures have paid back their debts, they regain their original form and are reborn as people, but among those who are weak.

彼食伦者。酬足复形。生人道中。参合柔类。

“When creatures that are used for clothing or service have paid back their debts,

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they regain their original form and are reborn as people, but among those who do hard labor.

彼服伦者。酬足复形。生人道中。参合劳类。

“When creatures that migrate have paid back their debts, they regain their original form and are reborn as people among those who are literate.

彼应伦者。酬足复形。生人道中。参于文类。

“When auspicious creatures have paid back their debts, they regain their original form and are reborn as people among those who are intelligent.

彼休征者。酬足复形。生人道中。参合明类。

“When domestic animals have paid back their debts, they regain their original form and are reborn as people among those who are well-informed.

彼诸循伦。酬足复形。生人道中。参于达类。

“Ananda, these are all beings that have finished paying back former debts and are born again in the human realm. They are involved in a beginningless scheme of karma and being upside down in which their lives are spent killing one another and being killed by one another. They do not get to meet the Thus Come One or hear the Proper Dharma. They just abide in the wearisome dust, passing through a repetitive cycle. Such people can truly be called pitiful.

阿难。是等皆以宿债毕酬。复形人道。皆无始来业计颠倒。相生相杀。不遇如来。不闻正法。于尘劳中法尔轮转。此辈名为可怜愍者。

“Furthermore, Ananda, there are people who do not rely on proper enlightenment to cultivate samadhi, but cultivate in some special way that is based on their false thinking. Holding to the idea of perpetuating their physical bodies, they roam in the mountains and forests in places people do not go and become ten kinds of immortals.

阿难。复有从人。不依正觉修三摩地。别修妄念。存想固形。游于山林人不及处。有十种仙。

“Ananda, some living beings with unflagging resolution make themselves strong with doses of medicine. When they have perfected this method of ingestion, they

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are known as earth-traveling immortals.

阿难。彼诸众生。坚固服饵而不休息。食道圆成。名地行仙。

“Some of these beings with unflagging resolution make themselves strong through the use of grasses and herbs. When they have perfected this method of taking herbs, they are known as flying immortals.

坚固草木而不休息。药道圆成。名飞行仙。

“Some of these beings with unflagging resolution make themselves strong through the use of metal and stone. When they have perfected this method of transformation, they are known as roaming immortals.

坚固金石而不休息。化道圆成。名游行仙。

“Some of these beings with unflagging resolution make themselves strong through movement and cessation. When they have perfected their breath and essence, they are known as space-traveling immortals.

坚固动止而不休息。气精圆成。名空行仙。

“Some beings with unflagging resolution make themselves strong by using the flow of saliva. When they have perfected the virtues of this moisture, they are known as heaven-traveling immortals.

坚固津液而不休息。润德圆成。名天行仙。

“Some beings with unflagging resolution make themselves strong with the essence of sun and moon. When they have perfected the inhalation of this purity, they are known as immortals of penetrating conduct.

坚固精色而不休息。吸粹圆成。名通行仙

“Some beings with unflagging resolution make themselves strong through mantras and prohibitions. When they have perfected these spells and dharmas, they are known as immortals with Way-conduct.

坚固咒禁而不休息。术法圆成。名道行仙。

“Some beings with unflagging resolution make themselves strong through the use of thought-processes. When they have perfected thought and memory, they are

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known as immortals with illumining conduct.

坚固思念而不休息。思忆圆成。名照行仙。

“Some beings with unflagging resolution make themselves strong through intercourse. When they have perfected the response, they are known as immortals with essential conduct.

坚固交遘而不休息。感应圆成。名精行仙。

“Some beings with unflagging resolution make themselves strong through transformations and changes. When they have perfected their awakening, they are known as immortals of absolute conduct.

坚固变化而不休息。觉悟圆成。名绝行仙。

“Ananda, these are all people who smelt their minds but do not cultivate proper enlightenment. They obtain some special principle of life and can live for thousands or tens of thousands of years. They retire deep into the mountains or onto islands in the sea and cut themselves off from the human realm. However, they are still part of the turning wheel, because they flow and turn according to their false thinking and do not cultivate samadhi. When their reward is finished, they must still return and enter the various destinies.

阿难。是等皆于人中炼心。不修正觉。别得生理。寿千万岁。休止深山或大海岛。绝于人境。斯亦轮回妄想流转。不修三昧。报尽还来。散入诸趣。 “Ananda, there are many people in the world who do not seek what is eternal and who cannot yet renounce the kindness and love they feel for their wives.

阿难。诸世间人。不求常住。未能舍诸妻妾恩爱。

“But they have no interest in deviant sexual activity and so develop a purity and produce light. When their life ends, they draw near the sun and moon and are among those born in the Heaven of the Four Kings.

于邪淫中。心不流逸。澄莹生明。命终之后。邻于日月。如是一类。名四天王天。

“Those whose sexual love for their wives is slight, but who have not yet obtained the entire flavor of dwelling in purity, transcend the light of sun and moon at the end of their lives, and reside at the summit of the human realm. They are among

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those born in the Trayastrimsha Heaven.

于己妻房。淫爱微薄。于净居时。不得全味。命终之后。超日月明。居人间顶。如是一类。名忉利天。

“Those who become temporarily involved when they meet with desire but who forget about it when it is finished, and who, while in the human realm, are active less and quiet more, abide at the end of their lives in light and emptiness where the illumination of sun and moon does not reach. These beings have their own light, and they are among those born in the Suyama Heaven.

逢欲暂交。去无思忆。于人间世。动少静多。命终之后。于虚空中朗然安住。日月光明。上照不及。是诸人等自有光明。如是一类。名须焰摩天。

“Those who are quiet all the time, but who are not yet able to resist when stimulated by contact, ascend at the end of their lives to a subtle and ethereal place; they will not be drawn into the lower realms. The destruction of the realms of humans and gods and the obliteration of kalpas by the three disasters will not reach them, for they are among those born in the Tushita Heaven.

一切时静。有应触来。未能违戾。命终之后。上升精微。不接下界诸人天境。乃至劫坏。三灾不及。如是一类。名兜率陀天。

“Those who are devoid of desire, but who will engage in it for the sake of their partner, even though the flavor of doing so is like the flavor of chewing wax, are born at the end of their lives in a place of transcending transformations. They are among those born in the Heaven of Bliss by Transformation.

我无欲心。应汝行事。于横陈时。味如嚼蜡。命终之后。生越化地。如是一类。名乐变化天。

“Those who have no kind of worldly thoughts while doing what worldly people do, who are lucid and beyond such activity while involved in it, are capable at the end of their lives of entirely transcending states where transformations may be present and may be lacking. They are among those born in the Heaven of the Comfort from Others’ Transformations.

无世间心。同世行事。于行事交。了然超越。命终之后。遍能出超化无化境。如是一类。名他化自在天。

“Ananda, thus it is that although they have transcended the physical in these six

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heavens, the traces of their minds still become involved. For that they will have to pay in person. These are called the Six Desire Heavens.

阿难。如是六天。形虽出动。心迹尚交。自此已还。名为欲界。

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The Sutra of the Foremost Shurangama at the Great Buddha’s Summit Concerning the Tathagata’s Secret Cause of Cultivation, His Certification to the Complete Meaning and all Bodhisattvas’ Myriad Practices.

Chapter 9

《大佛顶如来密因修证了义诸菩萨万行首楞严经》卷九

“Ananda, all those in the world who cultivate their minds but do not avail themselves of dhyana and so have no wisdom, can only control their bodies so as to not engage in sexual desire. Whether walking or sitting, or in their thoughts, they are totally devoid of it. Since they do not give rise to defiling love, they do not remain in the realm of desire. These people can, in response to their thought, take on the bodies of Brahma beings. They are among those in the Heaven of the Multitudes of Brahma.

阿难。世间一切所修心人。不假禅那。无有智慧。但能执身不行淫欲。若行若坐。想念俱无。爱染不生。无留欲界。是人应念身为梵侣。如是一类。名梵众天。

“In those whose hearts of desire have already been cast aside, the mind apart from desire manifests. They have a fond regard for the rules of discipline and delight in being in accord with them. These people can practice the Brahma virtue at all times, and they are among those in the Heaven of the Ministers of Brahma.

欲习既除。离欲心现。于诸律仪。爱乐随顺。是人应时能行梵德。如是一类。名梵辅天。

“Those whose bodies and minds are wonderfully perfect, and whose awesome deportment is not in the least deficient, are pure in the prohibitive precepts and have a thorough understanding of them as well. At all times these people can govern the Brahma multitudes as great Brahma lords, and they are among those in the Great Brahma Heaven.

身心妙圆。威仪不缺。清净禁戒。加以明悟。是人应时能统梵众。为大梵王。如是一类。名大梵天。

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“Ananda, those who flow to these three superior levels will not be oppressed by any suffering or affliction. Although they have not developed proper samadhi, their minds are pure to the point that they are not moved by outflows. This is called the First Dhyana.

阿难。此三胜流。一切苦恼所不能逼。虽非正修真三摩地。清净心中。诸漏不动。名为初禅。

“Ananda, those beyond the Brahma heavens gather in and govern the Brahma beings, for their Brahma conduct is perfect and fulfilled. Unmoving and with settled minds, they produce light in profound stillness, and they are among those in the Heaven of Lesser Light.

阿难。其次梵天。统摄梵人。圆满梵行。澄心不动。寂湛生光。如是一类。名少光天。

“Those whose lights illumine each other in an endless dazzling blaze shine throughout the realms of the ten directions so that everything becomes like crystal. They are among those in the Heaven of Limitless Light.

光光相然。照耀无尽。映十方界。遍成琉璃。如是一类。名无量光天。

“Those who take in and hold the light to perfection accomplish the substance of the teaching. Creating and transforming the purity into endless responses and functions, they are among those in the Light-Sound Heaven.

吸持圆光。成就教体。发化清净。应用无尽。如是一类。名光音天。

“Ananda, those who flow to these three superior levels will not be oppressed by worries or vexations. Although they have not developed proper samadhi, their minds are pure to the point that they have subdued their coarser outflows. This is called the Second Dhyana.

阿难。此三胜流。一切忧悬所不能逼。虽非正修真三摩地。清净心中。粗漏已伏。名为二禅。

“Ananda, heavenly beings for whom the perfection of light has become sound and who further open out the sound to disclose its wonder discover a subtler level of practice. They penetrate to the bliss of still extinction and are among those in the Heaven of Lesser Purity.

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阿难。如是天人。圆光成音。披音露妙。发成精行。通寂灭乐。如是一类。名少净天。

“Those in whom the emptiness of purity manifests are led to discover its boundlessness. Their bodies and minds experience light ease, and they accomplish the bliss of still extinction. They are among those in the Heaven of Limitless Purity.

净空现前。引发无际。身心轻安。成寂灭乐。如是一类。名无量净天。

“Those for whom the world, the body, and the mind are all perfectly pure have accomplished the virtue of purity, and a superior level emerges. They return to the bliss of still extinction, and they are among those in the Heaven of Pervasive Purity.

世界身心。一切圆净。净德成就。胜托现前。归寂灭乐。如是一类。名遍净天。

“Ananda, those who flow to these three superior levels will be replete with great compliance. Their bodies and minds are at peace, and they obtain limitless bliss. Although they have not obtained proper samadhi, the joy within the tranquility of their minds is total. This is called the Third Dhyana.

阿难。此三胜流。具大随顺。身心安隐。得无量乐。虽非正得真三摩地。安隐心中。欢喜毕具。名为三禅。

“Moreover, Ananda, heavenly beings whose bodies and minds are not oppressed put an end to the cause of suffering and realize that bliss is not permanent – that sooner or later it will come to an end. Suddenly they simultaneously renounce both thoughts of suffering and thoughts of bliss. Their coarse and heavy thoughts are extinguished, and they give rise to the nature of purity and blessings. They are among those in the heaven of the birth of blessings.

阿难。复次天人。不逼身心。苦因已尽。乐非常住。久必坏生。苦乐二心。俱时顿舍。粗重相灭。净福性生。如是一类。名福生天。

“Those whose renunciation of these thoughts is in perfect fusion gain a purity of superior understanding. Within these unimpeded blessings they obtain a wonderful compliance that extends to the bounds of the future. They are among those in the Blessed Love Heaven.

舍心圆融。胜解清净。福无遮中。得妙随顺。穷未来际。如是一类。名福爱天。

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“Ananda, from that heaven there are two ways to go. Those who extend the previous thought into limitless pure light, and who perfect and clarify their blessings and virtue, cultivate and are certified to one of these dwellings. They are among those in the Abundant Fruit Heaven.

阿难。从是天中。有二歧路。若于先心。无量净光。福德圆明。修证而住。如是一类。名广果天。

“Those who extend the previous thought into a dislike of both suffering and bliss, so that the intensity of their thought to renounce them continues without cease, will end up by totally renouncing the way. Their bodies and minds will become extinct; their thoughts will become like dead ashes. For five hundred aeons these beings will perpetuate the cause for production and extinction, being unable to discover the nature which is neither produced nor extinguished. During the first half of these aeons they will undergo extinction; during the second half they will experience production. They are among those in the Heaven of No Thought.

若于先心。双厌苦乐。精研舍心。相续不断。圆穷舍道。身心俱灭。心虑灰凝。经五百劫。是人既以生灭为因。不能发明不生灭性。初半劫灭。后半劫生。如是一类。名无想天。

“Ananda, those who flow to these four superior levels will not be moved by any suffering or bliss in any world. Although this is not the unconditioned or the true ground of non-moving, because they still have the thought of obtaining something, their functioning is nonetheless quite advanced. This is called the Fourth Dhyana.

阿难。此四胜流。一切世间诸苦乐境所不能动。虽非无为真不动地。有所得心。功用纯熟。名为四禅。

“Beyond these, Ananda, are the five heavens of no return. For those who have completely cut off