Which Sūtra Is Most Suitable To Master In This Age? 当今该精通什么经?


[As this Dharma-]Ending Age’s [sentient beings are with] dull roots, [they are] truly difficult [to] attain [the Dharma’s] benefits.


Seeking that [with] text simple [and] meanings abundant, phrases brief [and] principles rich, [with the] three roots universally covered, [that the] nine realms [can] together follow, [with] starting [of practice] easy, yet [with] success high, [with] exerting [of] efforts little, yet [with] attaining [of] results fast, [it is with] sincere cultivating [of the] one practice [of mindfulness of Āmítuófó], that completely accomplishes [the] ten thousand virtues. Suddenly enabling [the] causal [ground’s] mind, [to] immediately correspond [with the] fruit [ground’s] awakening, it [is] only [with the] ‘Sūtra [In Which The] Buddha Speaks [Of] Amitā[bha Buddha]’.


Verily, due [to] once hearing [about the Pure Land’s] circumstantial [and] direct adornments, [with those of] superior goodness together meeting [there], then [with] true Faith arising and sincere Aspiration given rise, [these] have [the] power of [that] like breached streams [and] rivers, [that] cannot [be] resisted then.


From now [on], sincerely bearing [it] in mind, firmly uphold [the] great name [of] ten thousand virtues. [Be] mindful [of] this in [the here and] now [i.e. from thought to thought not forgetting it], with [this] reach wholeheartedness without [being] scattered.


Able [to do] thus, then [in this] present life already [in] advance [entering the] noble stream, [when] approaching [life’s] end, following [the] Buddha [to be] reborn [in his Pure Land], open [to the] Buddha’s knowing [and] seeing, [to be] similar [to the] Buddha [in] receiving [his] benefits.


Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
(Preface [For] Re-carving [Of The] Sūtra [In Which The] Buddha Speaks [Of] Amitā[bha Buddha])

Namo Amituofo : Translation by Shen Shi’an

Related Sūtra:

The Sūtra In Which The Buddha Speaks Of Amitā Buddha (Amitābha Sūtra)

Please be mindful of your speech, Amituofo!

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