Translations

Why Uphold Recitation With Sincerity? 为何以至诚心持诵?

持诵经咒,贵在至诚。

[When] upholding recitation [of] sūtras [and] mantras, [what] precious is [having] utmost sincerity.

纵绝不知义,若能竭诚尽敬,虔恳受持,久而久之,自然业消智朗,障尽心明。

Even if absolutely not knowing [their] meanings, if able [to have] wholehearted sincerity [with] utmost reverence, [with] devout earnestness receiving [and] upholding, as time passes by, naturally [will negative] karma [be] eradicated [and] wisdom [become] clear, [with] obstacles exhausted, [and the] mind [becoming] bright.

尚能直达佛意,何况文字训诂与其意致。

[One will] even [be] able [to] directly reach [the] Buddha’s meanings, what more with commentary texts, [of] their meanings conveyed.

否则纵能了知,由不至诚,只成凡夫情见,卜度思量而已。

Otherwise, even if able [to] clearly understand [them], due [to] not [having] utmost sincerity, [they] only become ordinary beings’ emotional views, [and subjectively] speculative considerations, [with] nothing more.

经之真利益,真感应,皆无由得。

Of [the] sūtras’ true benefits, [and] true connection [for] response, all [will] not [be] able [to be] attained.

以完全是识心分别计度,何能潜通佛智,暗合道妙。

Completely with this conscious mind [with] differentiation [and] calculation, how [is one] able [to] latently penetrate [the] Buddha’s wisdom, [to] implicitly agree [with the] path’s wonders?

一超直入,顿获胜益也。

Once transcending [to] directly enter [the path, there will be] sudden obtaining [of] supreme benefits.

净土宗十三祖印光大师
Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
(朝暮课诵白话解释序)
(Preface [Of] Vernacular Explanation [Of] Morning [And] Evening [Buddhist] Liturgy)

Note: The above principles also apply to the practice of reciting Amitā[bha] Buddha’s name (i.e. 阿弥陀佛: Āmítuófó). To expedite realisation of the meanings of that recited, there can also be systematic and comprehensive study done, by attending proper classes and reading good commentaries, while regular recitation helps to further internalise and realise their meanings.

Namo Amituofo : Translation and note by Shen Shi’an

Please be mindful of your speech, Amituofo!

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