Translations

Is Mindfulness Of Bodhisattvas More Efficacious Than Buddhas During Dangers? 遇难念菩萨比念佛灵验吗?

所言念佛念观音,均能消灾免难,

Mindfulness [of Amitā(bha)] Buddha [i.e. 阿弥陀佛: Āmítuófó] [and] mindfulness [of] Guān[shì]yīn [Bodhisattva, are] equally able [to] eradicate disasters [and] avoid difficulties.

平时宜多念佛,少念观音。  

[In] ordinary times, [it is] suitable [to have] more mindfulness [of] Buddha, [and] less mindfulness [of] Guānyīn [Bodhisattva].   

[Note 1: This is so for those with mindfulness of Buddha as their Main Practice (正行) for reaching his Pure Land, which they should thus spend more time and effort upon, for practice with focused mindfulness (专念).

[Note 2: As the Bodhisattva is an assistant Bodhisattva of Āmítuófó, there can also be mindfulness of the Bodhisattva as the Main Practice to reach Āmítuófó’s Pure Land too. However, it is technically easier to focus upon mindfulness of the Buddha’s name due to its brevity, with only four words. It is also easier to gather those already used to using his name for the important practice of support-chanting.]

[Note 3: Mindfulness of Guānyīn Bodhisattva’s name can be as long as ‘Námó Guānshìyīn Púsà’ (南无观世音菩萨) or as short as just ‘Guānyīn Púsà’ (观音菩萨), although the latter is less commonly practised. Similar to ‘Námó Āmítuófó’, ‘Námó’ can be omitted if there already is a deep sense of sincerity and refuge.]

「遇患难,宜专念观音。

‘[When] encountering dangers [and] difficulties, [it is] suitable [to] focus [upon] mindfulness [of] Guānyīn [Bodhisattva].   

以观音悲心甚切,与此方众生宿缘深故。」

With Guānyīn [Bodhisattva’s] compassionate heart extremely sincere, [and] with this place’s sentient beings’ past affinity profound thus.’   

不可见作此说,便谓佛之慈悲,不及观音。

[There] must not, seeing [those] having this said, then saying [the] loving-kindness [and] compassion of Buddha, [is] not as good [as] Guānyīn [Bodhisattva’s].   

须知观音乃代佛垂慈救苦者。

[It] must [be] known [that] Guānyīn [Bodhisattva] thus on [the] behalf [of] Buddha[s] approaches [with] loving-kindness [to] save those suffering.  

[Note 4: This is so as Guānyīn Bodhisattva personifies and expresses the perfect compassion of all Buddhas collectively.]

即释迦佛在世时,亦尝令苦难众生念观音,况吾辈凡夫乎。

Even when Śākya[muni] Buddha [was] in [this] world, [he] likewise tried [to] enable sentient beings [with] suffering [and] difficulties [to be] mindful [of] Guānyīn [Bodhisattva]. Moreover, [of] our generation’s ordinary beings [when he is no longer in this world]? 

[Note 5: Thus, when encountering dangers and difficulties, there can be only focused mindfulness of Amitā(bha) Buddha too, whose name ‘Immeasurable (Light) Buddha already represents all Buddhas, with all their perfected Bodhisattva virtues and practices (德行). Mindfulness of Buddha thus also lessens and eradicates negative karma that cause suffering.

[Note 6: If the Buddha is able to, protect, guide and receive when departing, during life’s most potentially dangerous moments, of course he is also able to help during all less dangerous moments in everyday life.]

[Note 7: If there is the misconception that mindfulness of Buddha is less efficacious than mindfulness of Bodhisattva, there will be less faith in Buddha, leading to less sincerity in mindfulness, resulting in less efficacy, as wrongly believed and ‘expected’. This becomes a negative self-fulfilling prophecy harmful to oneself.]     

净土宗十三祖印光大师
Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
复宁德晋居士书十五
Fifteenth Reply Letter To Layperson Níng Déjìn  

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

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