English 繁中

The Sutra of Eight Great Realizations of Great Beings

Original

For all disciples of the Buddha: morning and night, hold them in your mind, and chant them often, these eight general realizations of the human beings.
The first awareness and realization: that this world is impermanent, the states of nations are perilous and fragile. The four elements are the cause of suffering and are empty in nature, and the five aggregates have no-self. Everything is under constant rise and cease, change and transformation; it is delusional and have no essence. The mind is the source of negativities, and that body-form is a congregation of wrongdoings.
Contemplate all of this, and gradually you will disentangle yourself from the cycle of birth and death.
The second awareness and understanding: that excessive desire causes suffering. The fatigue and troubles of the cycle of birth and death arise from greed and desire. Have few desires, be receptive, and you will be content in body and mind.
The third awareness and understanding: that the mind is insatiable, and that it constantly strives for more, thus adding to its transgressions and mistakes. The bodhisattva is not like this; he is contempt. He is at peace even in poverty and upholds the Dharma, while living on wisdom is his only concern.
The third awareness and understanding: that the mind is insatiable, and that it constantly strives for more, thus adding to its transgressions and mistakes. The bodhisattva is not like this; he is contempt. He is at peace even in poverty and upholds the Dharma, while living on wisdom is his only concern.
The forth awareness and understanding: that laziness leads to downfall. Be diligent and break the hold of harmful defilements. Defeat the four demons and escape the prison of this dark world.
The fifth awareness and realization: that ignorance gives rise to the cycle of birth and death. The bodhisattva studies extensively from vast resources in aim to increase his wisdom and develop his talents in speaking so that he is fit to teach and transform others, and show them the greatest joy.
The fifth awareness and realization: that ignorance gives rise to the cycle of birth and death. The bodhisattva studies extensively from vast resources in aim to increase his wisdom and develop his talents in speaking so that he is fit to teach and transform others, and show them the greatest joy.
The sixth awareness and understanding: that resenting poverty and suffering leads only to more of the same. A bodhisattva is generous in giving, and equal minded toward both friend and foe. He does not dwell on old wrongs, or make new enemies.
The sixth awareness and understanding: that resenting poverty and suffering leads only to more of the same. A bodhisattva is generous in giving, and equal minded toward both friend and foe. He does not dwell on old wrongs, or make new enemies.
The seventh awareness and realization: that the five desires bring nothing but trouble. Though we live in this world, we do not become stained by worldly pleasures. Instead, we think oㄢften of a monk’s garb, his bowl, and his instruments. Having set our minds on monastic life, we uphold the way and purify ourselves. Our morality encompasses all and our compassion includes everyone.
The eighth awareness and understanding: that life and death are like flickering flames that cause endless suffering. Take the Mahayana Vow to befriend all beings; vow to take on the illimitable sufferings of sentient beings, and to lead them all to ultimate bliss.
These eight points are the realizations of all Buddhas, bodhisattvas, and great beings. With diligence, they trod the way with compassion and they hone their wisdom. They board the vessel of the Dharma body, and sail to the shore of nirvana. Then they return to the cycle of birth and death to help others cross to that shore. These eight points can direct us in all things, and they can show all sentient beings how to understand the sufferings of birth and death; they can help us disentangle ourselves from the five desires and turn our minds to the saintly way. If a disciple of the Buddha chants these eight points, thought by thought he will eradicate his infinite karmic debt; and he will approach the awakened state, and quickly become enlightened; then he will forever be free from the cycle of birth and death, and abide in joy forever.

Modern English

For all disciples of the Buddha: morning and night, hold them in your mind, and chant them often, these eight general realizations of the human beings.
The first awareness and realization: that this world is impermanent, the states of nations are perilous and fragile. The four elements are the cause of suffering and are empty in nature, and the five aggregates have no-self. Everything is under constant rise and cease, change and transformation; it is delusional and have no essence. The mind is the source of negativities, and that body-form is a congregation of wrongdoings.
Contemplate all of this, and gradually you will disentangle yourself from the cycle of birth and death.
The second awareness and understanding: that excessive desire causes suffering. The fatigue and troubles of the cycle of birth and death arise from greed and desire. Have few desires, be receptive, and you will be content in body and mind.
The third awareness and understanding: that the mind is insatiable, and that it constantly strives for more, thus adding to its transgressions and mistakes. The bodhisattva is not like this; he is contempt. He is at peace even in poverty and upholds the Dharma, while living on wisdom is his only concern.
The third awareness and understanding: that the mind is insatiable, and that it constantly strives for more, thus adding to its transgressions and mistakes. The bodhisattva is not like this; he is contempt. He is at peace even in poverty and upholds the Dharma, while living on wisdom is his only concern.
The forth awareness and understanding: that laziness leads to downfall. Be diligent and break the hold of harmful defilements. Defeat the four demons and escape the prison of this dark world.
The fifth awareness and realization: that ignorance gives rise to the cycle of birth and death. The bodhisattva studies extensively from vast resources in aim to increase his wisdom and develop his talents in speaking so that he is fit to teach and transform others, and show them the greatest joy.
The fifth awareness and realization: that ignorance gives rise to the cycle of birth and death. The bodhisattva studies extensively from vast resources in aim to increase his wisdom and develop his talents in speaking so that he is fit to teach and transform others, and show them the greatest joy.
The sixth awareness and understanding: that resenting poverty and suffering leads only to more of the same. A bodhisattva is generous in giving, and equal minded toward both friend and foe. He does not dwell on old wrongs, or make new enemies.
The sixth awareness and understanding: that resenting poverty and suffering leads only to more of the same. A bodhisattva is generous in giving, and equal minded toward both friend and foe. He does not dwell on old wrongs, or make new enemies.
The seventh awareness and realization: that the five desires bring nothing but trouble. Though we live in this world, we do not become stained by worldly pleasures. Instead, we think oㄢften of a monk’s garb, his bowl, and his instruments. Having set our minds on monastic life, we uphold the way and purify ourselves. Our morality encompasses all and our compassion includes everyone.
The eighth awareness and understanding: that life and death are like flickering flames that cause endless suffering. Take the Mahayana Vow to befriend all beings; vow to take on the illimitable sufferings of sentient beings, and to lead them all to ultimate bliss.
These eight points are the realizations of all Buddhas, bodhisattvas, and great beings. With diligence, they trod the way with compassion and they hone their wisdom. They board the vessel of the Dharma body, and sail to the shore of nirvana. Then they return to the cycle of birth and death to help others cross to that shore. These eight points can direct us in all things, and they can show all sentient beings how to understand the sufferings of birth and death; they can help us disentangle ourselves from the five desires and turn our minds to the saintly way. If a disciple of the Buddha chants these eight points, thought by thought he will eradicate his infinite karmic debt; and he will approach the awakened state, and quickly become enlightened; then he will forever be free from the cycle of birth and death, and abide in joy forever.