Translations

Why Is Recitation Of Buddha’s Name Extremely Easy? 为何念佛极易修持?

信真愿真,何以念佛不肯常念乎。

[If with] Faith true [and] Aspiration true, why [are you] with recitation [of] Buddha[‘s name, yet] not willing [to more] often recite [it]?

念佛一法,极易修持,并不用摆脱资生事业。

[This] one method [to] recite Buddha[‘s name, is] extremely easy [to] cultivate [and] uphold, furthermore not needing [to] break away [from the] necessities of life [and your] occupation.       

朝暮随各人工夫,立一功课。

[In the] morning [and] evening, according [to] each person’s effort, establish a [short or longer] homework [session to recite].  

此外则一切时一切处,均可常念。

In addition to this, also [at] all times [and] all places, all can constantly recite.

或声或默,各取其便。

Perhaps verbally or silently, [with] each chosen that [is] convenient. 

又须摄耳谛听 

Also needing [to] gather [in the] ears [to] attentively listen [to that recited],

(此法妙极,大势至菩萨都摄六根,听则心归一处,名为净念), 

(This method [is] extremely wonderful, [with] Great Power Arrived Bodhisattva’s gathering [in of the] six roots, listening thus, [having the] mind returning [to] one place, [this is] named as pure mindfulness), 

久而久之,心自为一。 

as time passes by, [the] mind [will] naturally become wholehearted. 

今只以少时之念,而欲无妄念,何可得乎。  

Now, [you with] only with [so] little time of recitation, yet desiring [to be] without false [or stray] thoughts, how [can this] be attained?

净土宗十三祖印光大师
Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
复杜荫南书  
Reply Letter To Dù Yīnnán

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

Please be mindful of your speech, Amituofo!

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