Whether one is a layperson or has left the home-life, one should respect elders and be harmonious to those surrounding him. One should endure what others cannot, and practice what others cannot achieve. One should take others’ difficulties unto oneself and help them succeed in their undertakings. While sitting quietly, one should often reflect upon one’s own faults, and when chatting with friends, one should not discuss the rights and wrongs of others.
In every action one makes, whether dressing or eating, from dawn to dusk and dusk ’till dawn, one should not cease to recite the Buddha’s name. Aside from Buddha recitation, whether reciting quietly or silently, one should not give rise to other improper thoughts. If wandering thoughts appear, one should immediately dismiss them. Constantly maintain a humble and repentful heart; even if one has upheld true cultivation, one should still feel one’s practice is shallow and never boast. One should mind one’s own business and not the business of others. Only look after the good examples of others instead of bad ones. One should see oneself as mundane and everyone else as Bodhisattvas. If one can cultivate according to these teachings, one is sure to reach the Western Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss.
Homage to Amitabha! Amitabha!
印光大師開示 – 敦倫盡分 閑邪存誠 老實念佛 求生淨土
無論在家出家。必須上敬下和。忍人所不能忍。行人所不能行。代人之勞。成人之美。靜坐常思己過。閑談不論人非。行住坐臥。穿衣吃飯。從朝至暮。從暮至朝。一 句佛號。不令間斷。或小聲念。或默念。除念佛外。不起別念。若或妄念一起。當下就要教他消滅。常生慚愧之心及懺悔心。縱有修持。總覺我工夫很淺。不自矜夸。只管自家。不管人家。只看好樣子。不看壞樣子。看一切人都是菩薩。唯我一人實是凡夫。果能依我所說修行。決定可生西方極樂世界。諸惡莫作 眾善奉行 自淨其意 是諸佛教
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