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Liars are not true
even to themselves,
much less to others
and to Truth itself.

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大佛顶首楞严经:
清净明诲章:
妄语篇

The Great Buddha’s Crown’s Foremost Surangama Sutra:
Section On Clear Instructions For Purity:
Passage On False Speech

释迦牟尼佛: 『 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。

Sakyamuni Buddha: ‘Ananda, such sentient beings of the worlds of the six realms, although their bodies and minds are without killing, stealing and sexual conduct, with these three practices already complete, if they have great false speech, immediately, their samadhi [meditative concentration] will not attain purity, becoming [or being possessed by] demons of attachment and delusion, losing the Tathagata’s seed [for growth towards Buddhahood].

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。

That is, to say the yet to be attained as attained, speaking of the yet to be realised as realised, or seeking to be the world’s supremely honoured and foremost one. Saying before others, “I have now already attained the Srotapana fruit, Sakradagamin fruit, Anagamin fruit, Arhat fruit, Pratyekabuddha vehicle, Ten Grounds or all pre-ground stages of Bodhisattvahood,” to seek from others reverence and repentance, craving their offerings.

是一颠迦,销灭佛种,如人以刀断多罗木。 佛记是人,永殒 (yǔn)善根,无复知见,沉三苦海,不成三昧。

[They are] icchantikas, who eradicate their Buddha seeds, like persons who used knives to sever Tala trees. The Buddha predicts that these persons, have forever destroyed their good roots, without again [attaining right] knowing and seeing, [who will] sink into the sea of three sufferings [suffering of suffering, change and being conditioned], and not accomplish samadhi.

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。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。

After my [pari]nirvana, I command all Bodhisattvas and Arhats, to manifest bodies to be born within that Dharma-Ending [Age], to become various forms, to deliver all from rebirth. Perhaps becoming Sramanas, white-robed laypersons, kings, officials, young males, young females, as such, and even “licentious” women, widows, “outlaws”, “thieves”, “butchers”, “peddlers” [“traffickers”, who do not truly break precepts], with them working together, praising the Buddha vehicle [to Buddhahood], to enable their bodies and minds to enter samadhi.

终不自言: “我真菩萨、真阿罗汉,” 泄佛密因,轻言未学。唯除命终,阴有遗付。云何是人,惑乱众生,成大妄语?

To the end, [they do] not say, “I am a true Bodhisattva, [or] a true Arhat,” which is to divulge the Buddha’s secret cause, to carelessly say so to those yet to learn [the Dharma]. Only except when approaching the end of life, secretly as last words, [can they be said]. Why would these persons, confuse and disturb sentient beings, by accomplishing great false speech?

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。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。

You [should] teach the people of the world who cultivate samadhi, to later again completely eradicate all great false speech, which is named the Tathagata’s and previous Buddhas World-Honoured Ones’ fourth decisive clear instruction for purity. Ananda, if those do not sever such great false speech, they are likened to be carving human faeces, into sandalwood forms, desiring to seek fragrance [from them], which is not possible.

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?譬如穷人,妄号帝王,自取诛灭。况复法王,如何妄窃?

[As] I teach bhiksus, that the straight mind is the bodhimanda [place for Dharma practice], with regard to the four deportments [of walking, standing, sitting and lying down] and within all actions, yet [always] without falsity, how can they self-proclaim to have attained the Dharma of those superior [in wisdom, virtue and practice]? For example, a poor person, who falsely names oneself an emperor, personally incurs death. Furthermore as a Dharma king [Buddha], how can this [title] be falsified and stolen?

因地不真,果招纡曲。求佛菩提,如噬脐人,欲谁成就?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。

[With the] causal ground [or direction] not true [at the start, the] fruit [or result] attracted [will be with] twists and turns, [away from the true goal]. Seeking the Buddha’s Bodhi [Enlightenment of Buddhahood] [thus], is like a person [trying] to bite one’s [own] navel – who would accomplish this? If all bhiksus, with minds like straight strings, all will be true, [as they] enter samadhi, forever without demonic obstacles. I affirm [that] these persons, [will] accomplish the Bodhisattva’s unsurpassable knowing and awakening [Buddhahood].

如我所说,名为佛说。不如此说,即波旬说。 』

Such as I have spoken, is named Buddhas’ speech. Not such as spoken, is Papiyan’s [Mara: the evil demon king] speech.’

Translated By Shen Shi’an
[with notes in parentheses]

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2 Responses to “The Buddha’s Admonition Against Making False Spiritual Claims”

  1. TrueBuddhists March 16, 2015

    大佛顶首楞严经:
    清净明诲章:
    偷盗篇

    The Great Buddha’s Crown’s Foremost Surangama Sutra:
    Section On Clear Instructions For Purity:
    Passage On Stealing

    释迦牟尼佛: 『 阿难。又复世界六道众生,其心不偷,则不随其生死相续。汝修三昧,本出尘劳。偷心不除,尘不可出。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。彼等群邪亦有徒众。各各自谓成无上道。我灭度后末法之中,多此妖邪,炽盛世间,潜匿(nì:hide)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。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。云何贼人假我衣服,裨(bì)贩如来,造种种业,皆言佛法,却非出家具戒比丘,为小乘道。由是疑误无量众生,堕无间狱。

    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,长揖世间,永脱诸漏。虽未即明无上觉路。是人于法已决定心。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。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。

    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。若诸比丘,衣钵之余,分寸不畜。乞食余分,施饿众生。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。不将如来不了义说,回为己解,以误初学。佛印是人得真三昧。如我所说。名为佛说。不如此说,即波旬说。』

  2. Boltron April 12, 2016

    To build one’s so called own truth on a lie itself and lying to others through twisting true teachings, what sort of honesty can we expect from such a person?

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