Part One: The Canon of Secular Life

Chapter Nine: Nirvāṇa

3. The Way of Sending on the Spirit

“Sending on the spirit” means to deliver a person by converting him or her from bad to good and leading him from low to high. One may send oneself on or rely on someone else to send one on.
The way of sending on the spirit involves, first, creating an affinity with the Buddha. Without affinities with the order of the right dharma, it is difficult to receive deliverance. Hence, one should first create an affinity with the Buddha. Second is to establish faith. By establishing faith in both self-power and legitimate other-power, one should ensure that other-power and self-power function together. Third is enlightenment. By continuously cultivating simultaneous progress in both self- and other-power, one should ultimately attain enlightenment on one’s own so that, through the radiance of enlightenment, one will be able bravely to follow the right path. Fourth is to accumulate merit and virtue. If in ordinary life you show beneficence to all fellow beings with your spirit, body, and material possessions, and in particular contribute a lot to the work of deliverance, there will be many people who will admire and praise your beneficent merits. Thereby, you will receive spiritual advancement anytime and everywhere, because through coming and going you will face no obstructions or demonic hindrances. Fifth is to make the one-mind pure and clear. By realizing that the one-mind is the fundamental merit that is pure and clear, in one’s ordinary life one will avoid being tainted by or attached to the five desires of this world. One’s merit will then remain as merit and become the fertilizer for one’s future merit, and even in coming and going within birth and death, one will be free and dynamic so that one will keep advancing in each and every life and in each and every world.