There were people from the past, upon hearing this verse, gained the dustless, stainless Dhamma Eye. May it also be in the future, upon hearing this verse, people will also gain the dustless, stainless Dhamma Eye.
Nibbāna Paccayo Hotu!
Ye dhammā hetuppabhavā
tesaṁ hetuṁ tathāgato āha,
tesañ ca yo nirodho
Ye dharmā hetuprabhavā
hetuṃ teṣāṃ tathāgataḥ hyavadat
teṣāṃ ca yo nirodha
evaṃ vādī mahāśramaṇaḥ
From causal conditions all phenomena arise,
And through causal conditions all phenomena cease.
It was said this by the Tathagata,
My Master, the great Samana.
For those of you who are more inclined to the wisdom side of the Buddha’s teaching, I offer this translation for your reflections, from the great Pure Land Master Lienchi (1535-1615), whose teachings I hold most dear.
The Master explain thus,
The nature of the mind does not take birth, because of causal conditions coming together that it takes birth. The nature of the mind does not die, because of causal conditions separating that it dies. It seems like there are birth and death, but the truth is there are neither coming nor going. If one can comprehend this, then one will live peacefully and will die peacefully, will always be tranquil, will always illumine.
“Bhikkhus, there are these three elements of escape. What three? The escape from sensual desires, that is, renunciation; the escape from form, that is, the formless; and the escape from whatever has come to be, from whatever is conditioned and dependently arisen, that is, cessation. These, bhikkhus, are the three elements of escape.”