[50] How Does Mindfulness Of Buddha Create Much Good Roots & Blessed Virtues? 念佛如何得多善根福德?


Question: [As] upholding [the name of Āmítuófó is] classified [as the] Practical Practice [in contrast to Wisdom Practice (慧行)], thus is [it a] Supportive Practice, why [is it] named [as the] Main Practice?

[Note: Although asking thus, upholding the name IS the Main Practice, not a Supportive Practice.]


Answer: Relying [upon] wholeheartedness, speaking [of] Faith, Aspiration [and] Practice, [they are] not [with any one of them] before [or] after, [and] definitely not [with the] three [separate] .


Because without Aspiration [and] Practice, [this is] not named [as] true Faith; without Practice [and] Faith, [this is] not named [as] true Aspiration; without Faith [and] Aspiration [this is] not named [as] true Practice.


Now, completely due to, [with] Faith [and] Aspiration upholding [the] name [of Āmítuófó], thus [are] Faith, Aspiration [and] Practice, [all] three, [from] recitation [to] recitation, perfect [and] complete, therefore [is this] named [as having] many good roots [and] blessed virtues [as] cause [and] condition. 


[As the] Contemplation Sūtra [says, with] calling [of] Buddha’s name thus, [from] thought [to] thought within, ‘eradicates eighty koṭis [i.e. 10 million each] [of] kalpas [i.e. world cycles of about 1.3 trillion years each] [of] transgressions of births [and] deaths’. This [is] of [that] said. 


If blessed [virtues and] good [roots from mindful recitation of Āmítuófó’s name are] not much, how can there be this great eradication of transgressions?

– 净土宗九祖澫益大师

– Pure Land Tradition’s 9th Patriarch Great Master Ǒuyì
(Essential Explanation [Of The] Sūtra [In Which The] Buddha Speaks [Of] Amitā[bha] Buddha)

Namo Amituofo : Translation and note by Shen Shi’an

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