Translations

Seeing A Great Or Little Buddha 见大小佛

大念见大佛;
小念见小佛。

‘With great mindfulness [of Buddha’s name – “Amituofo”] sees a great Buddha; with little mindfulness sees a great Buddha.’

古德释云:
大声念,则所见之佛身大;
小声念,则所见之佛身小。

Ancient virtuous ones explain this to say: ‘With a loud voice chanting, thus as seen is a Buddha’s great body; with a soft voice chanting, thus as seen is a Buddha’s little body.’

亦可云:
大心念,则所见之佛身大。
以大菩提心念佛,
则便可见佛胜妙应身或报身耳。

It can also be said that: ‘With a great heart [or mind] mindful [i.e. even if silently], thus as seen is a Buddha’s great body.’ With great Bodhicitta mindful of Buddha, thus can be seen is the Buddha’s supremely wonderful manifestation body or reward body.

净土宗十三祖印光大师
Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yinguang
(复念西师书)

(Reply letter to Master Niànxī)

Please be mindful of your speech, Amituofo!

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