Verses On Asceticism & Morality



— 文殊菩萨
(华严经: 净行品: 第92-93偈)

Seeing ascetics,
[reflect that] ‘May sentient beings,
rely on ascetic practices,*
[to] reach [the] ultimate destination.**’

Seeing those with moral conduct,
[reflect that] ‘May sentient beings,
continue upholding [their] aspired practices,***
not renouncing [the] Buddha path.’****

— Manjusri Bodhisattva
(Avatamsaka Sutra: Chapter 11 On Pure Practices: Verse 92-93)

  • of simplicity and frugality, to be free from sensual indulgence
    (not to be mistaken as extreme asceticism that is self-mortification)
    ** of Buddhahood
    *** of the Bodhisattva
    **** to Buddhahood

Please Be Mindful Of Your Speech, Namo Amituofo!

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