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


[On this] one matter [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, desire all people [to] see it and plant good roots [by writing 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…


[It should] be known [that being] willing [to be] mindful [of] Buddha [is] indeed good, [but for those] not willing [to] recite, for them speaking [of it instead, to let] them attain hearing [of the] Buddha’s name, [this] likewise plants good roots.


[Having] listened [to it for] long, likewise has great meritorious virtues.

Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
(Ninth reply latter to laywoman Zhāng Juémíng)

Namo Amituofo : Translation by Shen Shi’an

Please be mindful of your speech, Amituofo!

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