Translations

Why Is The Pure Land Dharma Door Supreme? 为何念佛是第一法门?

净土法门超胜一切法门者,在仗佛力。

Where [the] Pure Land Dharma door supremely transcends all Dharma doors, [is] at [its] reliance [upon Amitābha] Buddha’s power [for maximum spiritual support and benefits].

其余诸法门,皆仗自力。

The rest [of the other] Dharma doors, all [only] rely [upon] Self-power.

自力何可与佛力并论乎!

How can [limited] Self-power and Buddha’s [immeasurable Other-]power [be] side by side discussed, [as if they are equal]?

此修净土法门之最要一关也。

This [is] cultivation [of the] Pure Land Dharma door’s most important ‘pass’ [to know and cross].

净土宗十三祖印光大师
Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng

(复陈慧新居士书)
(Reply letter to layman Chén Huìxīn)

Namo Amituofo: Translated by Shen Shi’an

Please be mindful of your speech, Amituofo!

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