Translations

Mindfulness Of Buddha Needs Dedication Of Its Merits 念佛须回向

念佛、回向,不可偏废。

[On] mindfulness [of] Buddha [and] dedication [of its meritorious virtues, there] cannot [be] leaning [to one, while] abandoning [the other].

回向即信愿之发于口者。

Dedication then [is] that [of] Faith [and] Aspiration [being] given rise, [as expressed] from [the] mouth.

然回向只宜于夜课毕,及日中念佛诵经毕后行之。

However, dedication [is] only suitable at night recitation [practice’s] end, and [with the] day within’s mindfulness [of] Buddha [and] recitation [of] sūtras, after [they] end, practising it.

念佛当从朝至暮不间断,其心中但具愿生之念,即是常时回向。

[With] mindfulness [of] Buddha from dawn till dusk uninterrupted, [with] this mind within only complete [with the] thought of Aspiration [for] birth [in Pure Land, this] then is [to have] constant dedication.

净土宗十三祖印光大师
《复永嘉某居士书四》

Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
(Fourth Reply Letter [To A] Certain Yǒngjiā Layperson)

Namo Amituofo : Translation by Shen Shi’an

Please be mindful of your speech, Amituofo!

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