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Verses On The Easiest Practice 最易偈

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Verses On The Easiest Practice

信愿持名,
一心念听。
勿念兼观,
而失一心。

[With] Faith [and] Aspiration upholding [the] name [of Āmítuófó, have] wholehearted reciting [and] listening [to it. Do] not recite [and] simultaneously visualise, [to] then lose wholeheartedness.

持名念佛,
已最易法。
下根若舍,
更无别法。

Upholding [his] name [to be] mindful [of the] Buddha, [is] already [the] easiest method [to reach his Pure Land. Those of] lower roots, if forsaking [it, are] then without another way.

【净土宗二祖】善导和尚云:「末法众生,神识飞扬,心粗境细,观难成就。是以大圣悲怜,特劝专持名号。以称名易故,相续即生。」

[The] most Venerable [Pure Land Tradition’s 2nd Patriarch Great Master] Shàndǎo said [that, ‘As the] Dharma-Ending [Age’s] sentient beings, [are with] consciousnesses [that] “fly” [all over, with] minds [that are] coarse, [while the] realm [to visualise is] refined, visualisation [is] difficult [to] accomplish. [It] is with [the] great sage’s [i.e. Śākyamuni Buddha] compassionate empathy, [that he] especially encouraged focused upholding [of the] name. With reciting [of the] name easy thus, [with it in] continual succession [is] immediate birth [in Pure Land].’

【净土宗十三祖】 印光大师云:「念佛一法,约有四种。所谓持名,观像,观想,实相。就四法中,唯持名一法,摄机最普,下手最易,不致或起魔事。」

[The] most Venerable [Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master] Yìnguāng said [that, ‘Of the] one Dharma [Door of] mindfulness [of] Buddha, [there] are about four kinds [of methods to practise it. They are] so-called [1] Upholding [the] name [of Āmítuófó], [2] Visualising [an] image [of Āmítuófó’s statue or picture], [3] Visualising [the image of Āmítuófó with the attributes in his Pure Land according to the Contemplation Sūtra exactly, and [4] Mindfulness of the] true form [of Āmítuófó]. Of [these] four methods within, only [the] one method [of] upholding [the] name, gathers [all spiritual] capacities most universally, [and is the] most easy to start [practising], not leading [to or] giving rise [to] demonic matters.’

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