Translations

Why Practise With Sincere Reverence As The Main Attitude? 为何修持以诚敬为主?

礼诵持念,种种修持,皆当以诚敬为主。

Prostration [to Buddha], recitation [of sūtras], upholding [of mantras], mindfulness [of Buddha’s name, and] many [other] kinds [of] practices, all should [be] with sincere reverence as [the] main [attitude].

诚敬若极,经中所说功德,纵在凡夫地,不能圆得。

Sincere reverence if utmost, as sūtras within say, [of its] meritorious virtues, even though on ordinary beings’ ground, [are] not able [to] completely attain [them yet].

而其所得,亦已难思难议。

Yet, that as attained, [is] likewise already difficult [to] believe, [and] difficult [to] discuss.

若无诚敬,则与唱戏相同。

If without sincere reverence, thus [is it] with singing opera [the] same.

其苦乐悲欢,皆属假妆,不由中出。

That suffering, joy, sadness [and] happiness, all belong [to] pretension, not [truly] from within expressed.

纵有功德,亦不过人天痴福而已。

Although having [some] meritorious virtues, [they] also [do] not surpass human [or] heavenly ignorant blessings, [with] nothing more.

而此痴福,必倚之以造恶业。

And these ignorant blessings, will [be] relied upon, for creating evil karma.

其将来之苦,何有了期。

Of that suffering [in the] future, when [will there] be [its] ending day?

净土宗十三祖印光大师
Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
(复高邵麟居士书二)
(Second reply letter to layperson Gāo Shàolín)

Namo Amituofo : Translation by Shen Shi’an

Please be mindful of your speech, Amituofo!

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