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Can Scattered Nianfo Eradicate Transgressions? 散心念佛能除罪吗?

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问:散心称名,亦除罪否?

Question: Can reciting the name [of Amituofo] with a scattered mind, also eradicate transgressions?

答:名号功德不可思议,宁不除罪,但不定往生。以悠悠散善,难敌无始积罪故。

Answer: As the name [of Amituofo] has meritorious virtues that are inconceivable, how can it not eradicate transgressions? However, it does not definitely [lead to] rebirth [in Pure Land if recited with a scattered mind]. With drawn out and scattered goodness, it is thus difficult to rival beginninglessly accumulated transgressions. 

当知积罪假使有体相者,尽虚空界不能容受,虽百年昼夜弥陀十万,一一声灭八十亿劫生死,然所灭罪如爪上土,未灭罪如大地土。

It should be known that accumulated transgressions, if with physical form, exhausting the realms in empty space, they will not be able to contain or receive them. Although for a hundred years’ days and nights reciting Amituofo’s name ten thousand times, with each recitation eradicating 80 kotis [i.e. 10 million each] of kalpas’ [i.e. world cycles of about 1.3 trillion years each] births’ and deaths’ transgressions, however, the eradicated transgressions are like earth in one’s fingernails, [while] yet to be eradicated transgressions are like the great Earth’s earth. 

唯念至一心不乱,则如健人突围而出,非复三军能制耳。

Only reciting to reach wholeheartedness without being scattered, is thus like a strong person breaking out of an enclosure to escape, not again by three armies [from the left, middle and right] able to be subdued. 

佛说阿弥陀经要解
Essential Explanation On The Amitabha Sutra As Spoken By The Buddha
净土宗九祖蕅益大师
The Pure Land Tradition’s 9th Patriarch Great Master Ouyi

Namo Amituofo : Translation by Shen Shi’an

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  • The holy name of Amitabha Buddha is excellent.
    One can instantly feel peaceful and relaxed as soon as one start chanting his name.

    Namo Amitabha Buddha!

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