佛说八大人觉经（英文正规版）Eight Realizations of Great Beings Sutra
【三藏十二部 经 律 论 正法幢佛陀正法眼藏】
Eight Realizations of Great Beings Sutra
Translated into English by Buddhist Text Translation Society
Verse for Opening a Sutra
The unsurpassed, profound, and wonderful Dharma,
Is difficult to encounter in hundreds of millions of eons,
I now see and hear it, receive and uphold it,
And I vow to fathom the Tathagata’s true meaning.
Buddhist Disciples! At all times, day and night, sincerely recite and bear in mind these eight truths that cause great people to awaken.
The First Awakening: The world is impermanent. Countries are perilous and fragile. The body is a source of pain, ultimately empty. The five skandhas are not the true self. Life and Death is nothing but a series of transformations-hallucinatory, unreal, uncontrollable. The intellect is a wellspring of turpitude, the body a breeding ground of offenses. Investigate and contemplate these truths. Gradually break free of death and rebirth.
The Second Awakening: Too much desire brings pain. Death and rebirth are wearisome ordeals, originating from our thoughts of greed and lust. By lessening desires we can realize absolute truth and enjoy peace, freedom, and health in body and mind.
The Third Awakening: Our minds are never satisfied or content with just enough. The more we obtain, the more we want. Thus we create offenses and perform evil deeds. Bodhisattvas don’t wish to make these mistakes. Instead, they choose to be content. They nurture the Way, living a quiet life in humble surroundings-their sole occupation, cultivating wisdom.
The Fourth Awakening: Idleness and self-indulgence are the downfall of people. With unflagging vigor, great people break through their afflictions and baseness. They vanquish and defeat the four kinds of demons, and escape from the prison of the five skandhas.
The Fifth Awakening: Stupidity and ignorance are the cause of death and rebirth. Bodhisattvas apply themselves and deeply appreciate study and erudition, constantly striving to expand their wisdom and refine their eloquence. Nothing brings them greater joy than teaching and transforming living beings.
The Sixth Awakening: Suffering in poverty breeds deep resentment. Wealth unfairly distributed creates ill-will and conflict among people. Thus, Bodhisattvas practice giving. They treat friend and foe alike. They do not harbor grudges or despise amoral people.
The Seventh Awakening: The five desires are a source of offenses and grief. Truly great people, laity included, are not blighted by worldly pleasures. Instead, they aspire to don the three-piece precept robe and the blessing bowl of monastic life. Their ultimate ambition is to leave the home life and to cultivate the Path with impeccable purity. Their virtuous qualities are lofty and sublime; their attitude towards all creatures, kind and compassionate.
The Eighth Awakening: Like a blazing inferno, birth and death are plagued with suffering and affliction. Therefore, great people resolve to cultivate the Great Vehicle, to rescue all beings, to endure hardship on behalf of others, and to lead everyone to ultimate happiness.
These are the Eight Truths that all Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and great people awaken to. Once awakened, they even more energetically continue to cultivate the Path. Steeping themselves in kindness and compassion, they grow in wisdom. They sail the Dharma ship across to Nirvana’s shore, and then return on the sea of birth and death to rescue living beings. They use these Eight Truths to show the proper course for living beings, causing them to recognize the anguish of birth and death. They inspire all to forsake the five desires, and to cultivate their minds in the manner of Sages.
If Buddhist disciples recite this Sutra on the Eight Awakenings, and constantly ponder its meaning, they will certainly eradicate boundless offenses, advance towards Bodhi, and will quickly realize Proper Enlightenment. They will always be free of birth and death, and will abide in eternal bliss.
(End of Eight Realizations of Great Beings Sutra)
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Namo Burning Lamp Ancient Buddha, the master that bestowed a prediction of Buddhahood on Shakyamuni Buddha.
Namo Fundamental Teacher Shakyamuni Buddha.
Namo Quelling Disasters Lengthening Life Medicine Master Buddha Thus Come One of the Eastern Pure Lapis Lazuli Land.
Namo Guide Master Amitabha Buddha of the Western Land of Ultimate Bliss.
Namo Maitreya Honored Future Buddha.
Namo Manjusri Great Wisdom Bodhisattva.
Namo Universal Worthy Great Conduct Bodhisattva.
Namo Avalokiteshvara Great Kindness and Compassion Bodhisattva Mahasattva.
Namo Great Strength Bodhisattva Mahasattva.
Namo Earth Treasury King Great Vow Bodhisattva Mahasattva.
Namo Great Pure Sea-like Assembly of Bodhisattvas Mahasattva.
Bow with Utmost Sincerity to all those who see and hear of this, and wish those to share together the subtle Dharma; Be full with the joy of the Dharma and six periods of auspiciousness.
Mind Enlightened and understand the true meaning, go to the Liberation, and archive Buddhahood.
Namo throughout all the space and pervades the experiential realm, past, present, and future, all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, All pre-eminent Dharma and all Nobel and Sagely Sangha, Mahasattvas.
Grateful to the Dharma guarding dragons and Devas protecting true Dharma.
Grateful to all Enlightened Ones, Mahasattvas.
Wishing past, future and present, all Unenlightened living beings, whether monks or the laity, men or women, any ethnic group, every kind of sentient being, and Six Destinies Beings are together all ashamed of the behaviors, speech, and thoughts from previous lifetimes because of greed, anger, and folly, and thus repent with utmost sincerity, and never repeat again.
Pray with utmost sincerity to all perfectly Enlightened Ones that are throughout all the space and pervade the experiential realm who bless with compassion and authority the countless suffering beings to purify Self-Nature, escape suffering, and attain happiness and complete Liberation.
I vow that this merit and virtue may extend to all living beings so that I and all beings may together realize the Buddha Way.
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