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Verses On Constant Compliance With Precepts For Mindfulness Of Buddha 恒顺持戒念佛偈

持戒偈
Verses [On] Upholding Precepts

初学持戒,
即为止恶, 
即戒三毒,
贪嗔与痴。

First learn [to] uphold [the] precepts, [that] are for stopping evil, [which] is [to] abstain [from the] Three Poisons, [of] greed, hatred and delusion.

后学持戒,
即为行善,
即修三药,
施悲与智。

Later learn [to] uphold [the] precepts, [that] are for practising good, [which] is [to] cultivate [the] Three Antidotes, [of] generosity, compassion and wisdom.

恒顺偈
Verses [On] Constant Compliance

恒顺众生,
并非随便。
唯不破戒,
即可随顺。

[To] constantly comply [with] sentient beings, really is not [to do] as one pleases. Only [that which does] not break precepts, can then [be] accordingly followed.

若不顺戒,
以何恒顺?
不顺佛性,
即随魔行。

If not following precepts, with what constantly complying? Not complying [with] Buddha-nature, [is] then [to] follow Māra’s practices.

持戒念佛偈
Verses [On] Upholding [Of] Precepts [And] Mindfulness [Of] Buddha

平时已持戒,
心念较清净。
念佛更易行,
越念越清净。

[In] normal times already upholding precepts, [the] mind’s thoughts [are] comparatively purer. Mindfulness [of] Buddha [is] even easier [to] practise, [with] more mindfulness more pure.

未持也念佛,
念时戒清净。
虽稍不易行,
越念越清净。

[If] yet [to] uphold [precepts] also mindful [of] Buddha, when mindful, [the] precepts [are] pure. Although slightly less easy [to] practise, [with] more mindfulness more pure.

Please be mindful of your speech, Amituofo!

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