[Explanation]: Furthermore, [the] two ‘is’ [and] ‘now’, [is the] Preface [for] urging Faith.
‘World named’ [as] ‘Ultimate Bliss’, [is the] Preface [for] urging Aspiration.
‘Buddha named Āmítuó[fó’, is the] Preface [for] urging [the] wonderful Practice [of] upholding [his name].
Furthermore, ‘Āmí[tuófó’, is the] Preface’s Buddha.
‘Speaking [the] Dharma’, [is the] Preface’s Dharma.
‘Now at’ [the] ocean[-wide] assembly, [is the] Preface’s Saṃgha.
[The] Buddha, Dharma [and] Saṃgha [with the] same one True Form, [is the] Preface’s essence.
From this giving rise [to] Faith, Aspiration [and] Practice, [is the] Preface’s objective.
[With] Faith, Aspiration [and] Practice accomplished, definitely attaining rebirth [to] see [the] Buddha, [and] hear [the] Dharma, [is the] Preface’s function.
Only [with that] one Buddha’s realm as that conditioned sphere, not mixed [with] other matters, [is the] Preface’s teachings’ forms.
[Although] said briefly, [this is with] meaning [that is] thorough!
[The] first Preface Section [is now] complete.
– 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 by Shen Shi’an
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