Translations

How Is Less Also More In Nianfo Practice? 为何念佛亦少亦多?

‘须知吾人欲了生死,实不在多,只一真信切愿,念佛求生西方足矣。纵饶读尽大藏,亦不过为成就此事而已。是则多亦归少,少亦归多。多少同为成就此事而已。则多不为多,少不为少矣。’

– 净土宗十三祖印光大师
(复唯佛居士书)

‘It must be known that [if] we desire to be liberated from [the cycle of] birth and death, it really does not [depend on much, as even having] only singular true Faith [with] sincere Aspiration, when mindful of [Amitabha] Buddha[‘s name – “Amituofo” in Practice] to seek birth in his Western [Pure Land] will be sufficient. Even if with abundant study that exhausts the great treasury [of all sutras, this is] also no more than for accomplishing this matter [of liberation] and nothing more. It is thus, that much [learning] also returns to less [in actual focused practice, and that] less [yet sufficient learning for practice] also returns to much [in attainment of liberation]. Much or less are [both] for the same accomplishment of this matter [of liberation] and nothing more. Thus, “much” is not as that much, [and] “less” is not as that less.’

– Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yinguang
(Reply letter to Layman Weifo)

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