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Not As Good As Nianfo (不如念佛)

学习外道文书,
不如一字不识念佛。

Learning from external paths’ essays and books,
is not as good as being mindful of Buddha [Amituofo]
while not knowing a word.

无知妄谈禅理,
不如老实持戒念佛。

Ignorant yet carelessly discussing principles of Chan,
is not as good as being mindful of Buddha [Amituofo]
while earnestly upholding the precepts.

希求妖鬼灵通,
不如正信因果念佛。

Having hopes and requests of demons and ghosts
is not as good as being mindful of Buddha [Amituofo]
while having right faith in cause and effect [karma].

以要言之:

Essentially speaking:

端心灭恶,
如是念佛号曰善人。

Uprighting the mind to eradicate evil,
such who are mindful of Buddha’s name [Amituofo]
are named as good humans.

摄心除散,
如是念佛号曰贤人。

Gathering the mind to rid scatteredness,
such who are mindful of Buddha’s name [Amituofo]
are named as virtuous humans.

悟心断惑,
如是念佛号曰圣人。

Awakening the mind to sever delusions,
such who are mindful of Buddha’s name [Amituofo]
are named as sagely [noble] humans.

净宗八祖莲池大师
Pure Land Tradition’s Eighth Patriarch Great Master Lianchi

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