[When] upholding recitation [of] sūtras [and] mantras, [what] precious is [having] utmost sincerity.
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.
[One will] even [be] able [to] directly reach [the] Buddha’s meanings, what more with commentary texts, [of] their meanings conveyed.
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.
Of [the] sūtras’ true benefits, [and] true connection [for] response, all [will] not [be] able [to be] attained.
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?
Once transcending [to] directly enter [the path, there will be] sudden obtaining [of] supreme benefits.
Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
(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