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How To Realise Immeasurable Life & Emit Immeasurable Light? 如何证无量寿,放无量光?

现前一念之心,亘古亘今,故名无量寿。

[As this] presently manifested one thought of [our] minds, from ancient times extends to now, [it is] thus named ‘Immeasurable Life’.

灵明洞彻,故名无量光。

[As its] bright spirituality [can] thoroughly understand, [it is] thus named ‘Immeasurable Light’.

阿弥陀佛,不过先得我心之所同然而已。

Āmítuófó, [whose name means the ‘Awakened One (i.e. Buddha) Of Immeasurable Life And Light’], merely first attained [what is] only [the] same thusness [as] that of our minds.

是故吾人果能念念执持阿弥陀佛,即是念念证无量寿,放无量光。

Therefore, if we [are] able [to, with] thought [to] thought, firmly uphold [the name of] Āmítuófó, [this] is the same as [to, with] thought [to] thought, realise Immeasurable Life, [and] emit Immeasurable Light.

古圣既尔,今人亦然。

[For] ancient sages since thus, [for] today’s people likewise so.

至心既尔,散心亦然。

[With] sincere minds since thus, [with] scattered minds likewise so.

净土宗九祖蕅益大师
Pure Land Tradition’s 9th Patriarch Great Master Ǒuyì
《灵峰宗论》
(Spirit Peak Tradition’s Treatise)

Namo Amituofo : Translation by Shen Shi’an

Please be mindful of your speech, Amituofo!

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