The One Method Of Upholding The Name Completely Gathers 10,000 Methods 持名一法尽摄万法 Verse On One Method 一法偈



Verse On One Method

[As] Āmítuófó [is the]
great name [of all] 10,000 [meritorious] virtues,
[the] one method [of] upholding [his] name
completely gathers [all] 10,000 methods
[of practice for Buddhahood].



On upholding [the] name [of Āmítuófó (阿弥陀佛), Amitā(bha)] Buddha [has] immeasurable [meritorious] virtues. 
Now only [with his] four-worded name [recited sincerely, this is a] sufficient and complete [practice]. With [Ā]mítuó[fó] being the same as [this] entire wholeheartedness, [the] mind includes all [his] virtues [similarly].

常乐我净,本觉始觉,真如佛性,菩提涅槃,百千万名,皆此一名, 摄无不尽。专持者,众生学佛,亦有无量行法。

Eternity, Bliss, Self, Purity, Original Awakening, Actualised Awakening, True Suchness, Buddha-nature, Bodhi [and] Nirvāṇa, [these] thousands [of] millions [of] names, [are] all [in] this one name, [as] gathered without [that] not complete. Those [who] focus [upon] upholding [it, as] sentient beings learning [to be] Buddhas, [they] likewise [will] have immeasurable practice methods.

今但持名一法足以该之,以持名即是持此一心,心该百行,四谛、六度乃至八万四千恒沙微尘,一切行门,摄无不尽,故名守约。[守约: 简易可行]

Now only upholding [the] name, [this] one method [is] sufficient and complete, with upholding [the] name being the same as upholding this one mind, [with the] mind complete [with a] hundred practices, [the] Four [Noble] Truths, Six Perfections and even [the] 84,000 Ganges’ sands’ dust motes, [of] all practice doors, [as] gathered without [that] not complete, thus [is this method] named [as] easy [and] feasible.


Pure Land Tradition’s 8th Patriarch Great Master Liánchí
([The] Commentary [And] Summary [On The] Sūtra [In Which The] Buddha Speaks [Of] Amitā[bha Buddha])

Namo Amituofo : Translation by Shen Shi’an

Please be mindful of your speech, Amituofo!

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