Why Use Āmítuófó’s Name To Plant Good Roots? 为何用阿弥陀佛名号种善根?


[On this] one practice [of] mindfulness [of Amitābha] Buddha, [the] crucial point [for this] present life’s attainment [of] benefits, [is that there] must [be] utmost sincerity [and] earnestness, [with] frequent recitation [of his name: ‘Āmítuófó’].


If [only for] planting good roots, although [in] jest [and] play then reciting [the] one line [of his name, this] likewise in [a] later life, [will] definitely, due [to] these good roots [planted], then give rise [to] those [who] cultivate upholding [of it, thus leading to Pure Land and Buddhahood].


Thus, ancient ones, [when] building great pagodas [and] temples, desiring all people [to] see it and plant good roots, [write his name prominently on big walls and signboards].


This one line [of the] Buddha’s name, in [the] eighth consciousness’ field within, [is] everlasting [and will] never [be] destroyed.


When [the] Buddha [was] in [this] world, an old man desired [to] join [the] Buddha, [by] leaving [the] household [life], five hundred noble [ones in the] assembly, contemplating [that as] he, [for] eighty thousand kalpas since, [was] without [the] least good roots [planted, they] rejected and [did] not accept [him].


[As] that person at Jeta Grove outside wailed, [the] Buddha summoned [to] come, and [for him] spoke [the] Dharma, [with him] immediately realising [the] path’s fruit.


[As the] five hundred noble [ones in the] assembly [did] not understand such [a] wonder, [they] asked [the] Buddha [about it].


[The] Buddha said, ‘This person, in immeasurable kalpas before, because [of a] tiger, [who] forced [him] up [a] tree, [he] recited one line [of] “Námó Buddha[ya”, thus able to] meet me [and] attain [the] path.’


[This is] not [what] you [and] others [of] Voice-Hearers’ path’s eye, that able [to be] seen.’

Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
(9th Reply Letter To Laywoman Zhāng Juémíng)

Namo Amituofo : Translation by Shen Shi’an

Related Letter:

Below Part Of Letter:
Unintentionally Hearing Āmítuófó’s Name Also Creates Great Meritorious Virtues

Please be mindful of your speech, Amituofo!

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