Today, the 8th day of the 4th lunar month, is Śākyamuni Buddha’s sacred birthday. Homage to our fundamental teacher Śākyamuni Buddha.
You [should] well uphold this spoken. Those upholding this spoken, are thus [those] upholding Immeasurable Life Buddha’s name [Āmítuófó].
(Concluding Words [Of ‘The] Sūtra [In Which The] Buddha Speaks [On] Contemplation [Of] Immeasurable Life Buddha’)
Sixth, from “[Śākyamuni] Buddha told Ānanda, ‘You [should] uphold well this spoken'” afterwards, [is the] main explanation [of] entrusting [Ā]mítuó[fó]’s name, [to be] transmitted for distant generations. [With the] above [teachings in this sūtra], although speaking [of the] benefits of [the] two doors [of] concentrated [goodness (定善) by practising the first 13 contemplations and] scattered [goodness (散善) by practising the last 3 contemplations’ final practice, it can be] seen [that the] Buddha’s fundamental wish, [is with the] desire [that] sentient beings [have] wholehearted focused recitation [of] Āmítuófó’s name [as their Focused Cultivation (专修) or Main Practice (正行)].’
Pure Land Tradition’s 2nd Patriarch Great Master Shàndǎo
(Commentary [On The] Sūtra [In Which The] Buddha Speaks [On] Contemplation [Of] Immeasurable Life Buddha: Scroll Four: Preface Scattered Goodness’ Meaning)
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