Speaking of mindfulness [of] Buddha, [this] one matter, [that] most important [is] to [be] liberated [from the cycle of] birth [and] death.
Since for liberation [from the cycle of] birth [and] death, then of [the] suffering [of] birth [and] death, personally give rise [to] revulsion’s mind.
Of [the] bliss [of the] Western [Pure Land], personally give rise [to the] joyful mind.
In this way, then [with] Faith [and] Aspiration [as] two dharmas, in the moment [will] mindfulness [be] perfect [and] complete.
Again, moreover with sincere wholeheartedness, like [a] child recollecting [the] mother then mindful.
Then [will the] Buddha’s power, Dharma’s power, [and] one’s mind [with] meritorious virtues’ power [from] Faith [and] Aspiration, [these] three dharmas completely manifest.
Similar to [the] shining sun up in the sky, even if having thick frost [with a] layer [of] ice, [it will] not long then [be] melted.
[With the] initial mind mindful [of the] Buddha, when yet [to] reach personal realisation of samādhi, who [is] able [to] not have deluded thoughts?
That valuable [is the] mind [that is] constantly aware [and] illuminating, [that does] not accord [with] delusions [to be] transformed.
Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
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