Translations

What Is The Best Posture For Mindfulness Of Buddha? 什么是最佳的念佛姿势?

在家人不随众,各人念佛。

Householders, [when] not following assemblies [for practice, should] each one, [by themselves, be] mindful [of] Buddha.

坐立绕跪,皆无不可。

[By] sitting, standing, circumambulating, kneeling [and prostrating, of] all [these postures, there is] none [that] cannot [be practised with].

但不可执定一法,若执定,则人易劳而心或难得相应。

However, [there] must not [be] attachment [to] fix [upon] one method, [as] if attached [to] fix [upon only one], thus [will] one easily [be] tired [with it], and [the] mind might [find it] difficult [to] attain correspondence [with Amitā(bha) Buddha].

当斟酌其自己之色力及工夫,而取其合宜行之,则有益矣。

[There] should [be] consideration [of] their own physical energy and skill, and obtaining [of] that [posture] suitable [for] practice [then]. Thus are [there] benefits.

若常途通行,宜先绕,次坐,次跪。

If [for] routine [and] general practice, [there] should first [be] circumambulating, next sitting, next kneeling [and prostrating].

绕跪皆觉辛苦,宜坐念。

[With] circumambulating, kneeling [and prostrating, when] all [are] felt [to be] exhausting, [there] should [be] sitting [to be] mindful.

坐念若起昏沉,宜绕念,或立念。

Sitting [to be] mindful, if giving rise [to] dullness [or drowsiness, there] should [be] circumambulating [to be] mindful, or standing [to be] mindful.

昏沉去,当复坐念。

[With] dullness [or drowsiness] gone, [one] should again sit [to be] mindful.

宜按钟,不宜掐珠,以掐珠难养心故。

[There] should [be practice sessions measured] according [to a] clock [or timer, and there] should not [be] clutching [of prayer] beads [for counting, as] with clutching [of] beads, [it is] difficult [to] cultivate [one’s] mind [wholeheartedly, as they might cause attachment and distraction].

净土宗十三祖印光大师
Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
复陈慧超书 [4]
Reply Letter To Chén Huìchāo [Part 4]

Namo Amituofo : Translation & notes by Shen Shi’an

Please be mindful of your speech, Amituofo!

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