Essence of the Infinite Life Sutra – Excerpt Forty-One

Buddha . . . teach all beings to . . . discard the Five Evils, leave the Five Sufferings, stay away from the Five Burnings, subdue and transform their thoughts, and observe the Five Goodnesses so as to obtain the good fortune from this. The Buddha taught all beings to end wrongdoings and practice goodness Read More …

Essence of the Infinite Life Sutra – Excerpt Forty

[All of you] can rectify your minds, correct your thoughts, and refrain from committing evil deeds in this world. This is quite a great merit. “Rectify your minds, correct your thoughts” refers to generating the bodhi mind. Simply put, rectifying one’s mind means not thinking, not seeing, and not hearing anything that is not reasonable Read More …

Essence of the Infinite Life Sutra – Excerpt Thirty-Nine

Having received the Buddha’s clear teachings, we need to be focused and diligent in our learning, and practice according to the teachings. There is no doubt at all. When we receive the Buddha’s clear teachings, we need to aspire to learn and practice with concentration and diligence. We should practice according to the teachings without Read More …

Essence of the Infinite Life Sutra – Excerpt Thirty-Eight

Words and behavior should be faithful and trustworthy. Within and without should match. This is the basic attitude we need when we start our practice. The ancient people talked about ending wrongdoing and practicing virtuous conduct. Where does one start? One starts with no lying. Confucius said, “If a person cannot be trusted, there is Read More …

Essence of the Infinite Life Sutra – Excerpt Thirty-Seven

You should uproot all attachments and desires, and put an end to all sources of evil. Then you will be able to travel freely among the Three Realms without any obstruction. “You should uproot all attachments and desires.” “Attachments and desires” are karmic obstacles. One may be diligent in learning Buddhism but if one does Read More …

Essence of the Infinite Life Sutra – Excerpt Thirty-Six

All of you should consider carefully. Stay far away from all evils. Choose what is virtuous to diligently practice. Love, desire, prestige, and splendor cannot be had forever. . . . There is no happiness at all. “All of you should consider carefully.” We should seriously contemplate everything. Understanding the truth, we will be diligent Read More …

Essence of the Infinite Life Sutra – Excerpt Thirty-Five

In worldly matters, people alternate harming one another. Retribution may not occur right away. One should see through to this reality as soon as possible. The people in this world do not understand this truth and they take revenge over and over, back and forth. They have a strong desire for vengeance. Revenge may not Read More …

Essence of the Infinite Life Sutra – Excerpt Thirty-Four

Parents and children, siblings, spouses, and relatives should respect and love each other, and should not be hateful or jealous of one another. They should share what they have with those who do not. They should not be greedy or stingy. Their speech and facial expression should always be gentle. They should not be defiant Read More …