Translations

How Should Those Mindful Of Buddha Give Rise To Aspiration? 念佛者如何发愿?

发愿,当于朝暮念佛毕时。

Giving rise [to] Aspiration [or ‘making of vows’, should [be] at when morning [and/or] evening [practice of] mindfulness [of] Buddha ends.

晨朝十念,亦先念佛后发愿。

[For practice of] ‘Early Morning’s Ten Recitations’, likewise first [be] mindful [of] Buddha, [with] giving rise [of] Aspiration after.

或用《小净土文》。

Perhaps using [the] ‘Short Pure Land Verses’ [i.e. ‘Repentance Master Cíyún’s Pure Land Verses’《慈云忏主净土文》].

若身心有暇,宜用莲池大师《新定净土文》。

If body [and] mind having spare time, [you] should use Great Master Liánchí’s ‘Newly Defined Pure Land Verses’ [i.e. ‘Verses (For) Giving Rise (To) Aspiration (For Birth In The) Western (Pure Land)’《西方发愿文》].

此文词理周到,为古今冠。

[As] these verses’ phrases [and] principles [are] comprehensive, [they are] as ancient [and] modern [times’] foremost [Aspiration Verses].

须知发愿读文,乃令依文发愿耳,非以读文一遍,即为发愿也。

[It] should [be] known [that] giving rise [to] Aspiration [when] reading [the] verses, [is] then enabling [to] rely [on the] verses, [to] give rise [to] Aspiration, not with reading [the] verses one time, immediately as giving rise [to] Aspiration.

[Note 1: When with Practice (行) of mindfulness of Buddha (念佛) properly, it is already powered by Faith (信) and Aspiration (愿). However, reciting Aspiration Verses (原文) help to express giving rise of Aspiration (发愿) more sincerely, clearly, firmly and formally. (To have Aspiration, there has to be Faith first.)

Note 2: Before practice of mindfulness of Buddha, there can be practice of repentance (忏悔) to settle the mind with the ‘Repentance Verse’《忏悔文》first, for more fruitful mindfulness of Buddha next. After practice of giving rise of Aspiration, there should be practice of dedication (回向) of meritorious virtues with the ‘Merits’ Dedication Verse’《回向文》.]

净土宗十三祖印光大师
Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
(拟答某居士书)
(Letter Drafted [As] Reply [To A] Certain Layperson)

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

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《忏悔文》
Verse For Repentance
https://purelanders.com/2019/03/13/samantabhadra-bodhisattvas-repentance-practice

十念记数法与晨朝十念法
The Method Of Ten Recitations With Counting & The Method Of Early Morning’s Ten Recitations
https://purelanders.com/2019/08/31/the-method-of-ten-recitations-with-counting-n-the-method-of-early-mornings-ten-recitations

《慈云忏主净土文》(小净土文)
Repentance Master Cíyún’s Pure Land Verses (Short Pure Land Verses)
https://purelanders.com/2019/07/18/repentance-master-ciyuns-pure-land-verses-minor-pure-land-verses

《西方发愿文》
Verses For Giving Rise To Aspiration For Birth In The Western Pure Land
https://purelanders.com/2016/12/03/verses-for-giving-rise-to-aspiration-for-birth-in-the-western-pure-land

净土回向法
The Pure Land Way of Sharing Merits
https://purelanders.com/2010/03/15/the-pureland-way-of-sharing-merits 

推荐的净土行持
Recommended Pure Land Practices
(Giving rise to Aspiration can be the third ‘A’ in ‘BRGAAAM’ for everyday practice )
https://purelanders.com/2019/01/16/recommended-pure-land-practices

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