Patriarch Ou-i's Commentary on the
Translated by J.C. Cleary
Foreword, Notes and Glossary by Van Hien Study Group
This book is a translation from the Chinese of a major commentary on theAmitabha Sutra,the key text of Pure Land Buddhism. Its author is the distinguished seventeenth century T'ien-T'ai Master Ou-i, subsequently honored as the ninth Patriarch of the Pure Land school. To our knowledge, it is the first time this work has ever been rendered into a Western language.
This is a summary of the tenth Stage of Bodhisattvas, called Cloud of Teaching... Whatever acts they undertake, whether through giving, or kind speech, or beneficial action, or cooperation, it is all never apart from thoughts of Buddha [Buddha Recitation], the Teaching, the Community (Sangha).