Translations

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


问:
持名判行行,则是助行,何名正行?

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.]

答:依一心说信愿行,非先后,非定三。

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

盖无愿行不名真信,无行信不名真愿,无信愿不名真行。

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.

今全由信愿持名,故信愿行三,声声圆具,所以名多善根福德因缘。

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

《观经》称佛名故,念念中「除八十亿劫生死之罪」,此之谓也。

[As the] Contemplation Sūtra [says, with] recitation [of] Buddha’s name thus, [from] thought [to] thought within, [this] ‘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. 

若福善不多,安能除罪如此之大。

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?

佛说阿弥陀经要解
Essential Explanation [On The] Amitā[bha] Sūtra [As] Spoken [By The] Buddha
净土宗九祖蕅益大师
Pure Land Tradition’s 9th Patriarch Great Master Ǒuyì

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Namo Amituofo : Translation and note by Shen Shi’an

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