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What Are Benefits Of Being Mindful Of Buddha? 念佛有什么利益?

问:念佛有什么利益?

Question: What are the benefits of being mindful of Buddha?

答:念佛实有无量利益。以下是天如禅师在《净土或问》所列出的十大利益:

Answer: Among its truly immeasurable benefits, here are ten great benefits, as listed by Chán Master Tiānrú in ‘Possible Questions On Pure Land’:

念佛十大现世利益
10 Great Benefits In This Present Life From Mindfulness Of Buddha

一者,昼夜常得一切诸天,大力神将,河沙眷属,隐形守护。

[1] First, in day and night constantly attaining invisible protection of all heavenly beings, godly generals with great strength, and their Ganges’ sands’ [number of] family members.

二者,常得二十五大菩萨,如观世音等,及一切菩萨,常随守护。

[2] Second, constantly attain 25 great Bodhisattvas, such as Guānshìyīn [i.e. Avalokiteśvara] and all [other] Bodhisattvas’ constantly accompanying protection.

三者,常得诸佛昼夜护念,阿弥陀佛常放光明,摄受此人。

[3] Third, constantly attain all Buddhas’ mindful protection in day and night, with Āmítuófó [i.e. Amitābha Buddha] constantly radiating bright light, to protect [i.e. receive and take care of] these persons.

四者,一切恶鬼,若夜叉,若罗刹,皆不能害。一切毒蛇毒龙毒药,悉不能中。

[4] Fourth, all evil ghosts, be they yakṣas, or rākṣasas, are all not able to harm. All poisonous snakes, dragons and poisons, are all not able to affect.

五者,火难水难,怨贼刀箭,牢狱枷锁,横死枉生,悉皆不受。

[5] Fifth, disasters from fires and floods, hateful robbers’ knives and arrows, imprisonment in stocks and chains, untimely and unjust death, will all not be received.

六者,先所作业,悉皆消灭。所杀怨命,彼蒙解脱,更无执对。

[6] Sixth, of earlier created [negative] karma, all will be eradicated. Of those [karmic creditors] killed who bemoan their ‘fate’, they will receive liberation, to not again be attached to opposition.

七者,夜梦正直,或复梦见阿弥陀佛胜妙色像。

[7] Seventh, with night dreams upright, perhaps repeatedly seeing Āmítuófó’s supremely wonderful [and gold-]coloured image.

八者,心常欢喜,颜色光泽,气力充盛,所作吉利。

[8] Eighth, the mind will be constantly joyous, countenance radiant, energy abundant, and undertakings auspicious.

九者,常为一切世间人民恭敬供养,欢喜礼拜,犹如敬佛。

[9] Ninth, constantly by all of the world’s people reverently given offerings, with joy revered, similar to reverencing of the Buddha.

十者,命终之时,心无怖畏,正念现前。得见阿弥陀佛,及诸圣众,持金莲华,接引往生西方净土。尽未来际,受胜妙乐。

[10] Tenth, when approaching the end of life, the mind will be without fear, with right mindfulness manifesting in the present, to attain sight of Āmítuófó, and all of the noble assembly, holding a golden lotus flower, for receiving and guiding for rebirth in his Western Pure Land. Exhausting the limit of the future, there will be receiving of supremely wonderful bliss.

Namo Amituofo : Translation by Shen Shi’an
(as featured reformatted for magazine above)

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