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How Does Sincere Mindfulness Of Buddha Eradicate So Many Transgressions And Attain Non-Retrogression? 至心念佛如何灭除如此多罪而得不退?One Thought Powerful Surpasses Hundred Years’ Leisureliness 一念猛利过百年悠悠

问:《疏》指「至心念佛一声,灭八十亿劫生死重罪」属理一心。

Question: [The] Commentary [On The Sūtra In Which The Buddha Speaks Of Amitā(bha Buddha)《佛说阿弥陀经疏钞》] points [out that with the] ‘sincere mind mindful [of the] Buddha [for] one recitation, [this] eradicates eighty koṭis [of] kalpas [of] births’ [and] deaths’ heavy transgressions’, [with this] belonging [to] principle’s wholeheartedness [without scatteredness (理一心不乱)].

又释《佛名经》「一闻佛名,灭无量劫生死之罪」云:「一闻,不待忆念;无量,不但八十亿劫。」则何独理一心耶?

[It] also explains [that in the] Buddha Names’ Sūtra’s, [on] ‘once hearing [a] Buddha’s name, [this] eradicates immeasurable kalpas’ transgressions of births [and] deaths’, saying [that] ‘once [it is] heard, not awaiting recollection [and] mindfulness, [it is] immeasurably [so], not only [for] eighty koṭis [of] kalpas.’ Then, how [can this] only [be] principle’s wholeheartedness?

又,此经闻经闻名皆得不退,事耶?理耶?

Also, [on] this sūtra, [on] hearing [the] sūtra, hearing [a Buddha’s] name, [with] all attaining non-retrogression, [is this] practice’s [wholeheartedness (without scatteredness) (事一心不乱), or] principle’s [wholeheartedness]?

答:《观经》十念除罪往生,由怖苦心切,善友缘强,一念猛利,过百年悠悠,非必有究理之行,然胜于寻常理持。疏主或借显事功极者,即不违理乎?

Answer: [The] Contemplation Sūtra’s ten recitations’ eradication [of] transgressions [for] rebirth [in Pure Land, is] due [to the] mind [of] fear [and] suffering [being] pressing, [a] good friend’s [supportive] condition [being] strong, [and with each] one thought [being] powerful, surpassing [a] hundred years [of] leisurely [practice], not necessarily having practice that [is with the] complete principle, however [with] surpassing of [the] usual principle’s upholding [of the Buddha’s name. As the] Commentary’s Master perhaps borrowed [from] those revealing practice [with] achievements utmost, then [does this] not contradict [the] principle.

若《佛名经》所言,以彼佛具无量威德愿力,故闻者获如是益,闻不信亦获无量罪,要非少善根福德众生所能闻也。

Like [the] Buddha Names’ Sūtra as said, with those Buddhas, complete [with] immeasurable majestic virtues’ [and] vows’ power, thus [will] those hearing [their names] obtain such benefits, [with those] hearing [their names, but] not [having] faith, likewise [having] obtained immeasurable transgressions. [There] must [be] sentient beings not [with] few good roots [and] blessed virtues, that [are] able [to] hear [their names] too.

不退亦不一等,随闻证者,有位行念三不退;仅历耳根者,如食少金刚,究竟不消,为远因终不退也。

Non-retrogression likewise [is] not [with] one kind, according [to] those hearing realising [it], having position, practice [and] mindfulness, [with these] three non-retrogressions. Those only experiencing [a Buddha’s name] passing [their] ears, [are] like [those] swallowing [a] little vajra [seed, that] ultimately [will] not be digested [to be eliminated], becoming [a] distant cause [for a distant effect, in the] end not retrogressing too.

净土宗九祖蕅益大师
Pure Land Tradition’s 9th Patriarch Great Master Ǒuyì

《灵峰宗论》卷第三之一:答问一 /
Spirit Peak Tradition’s Treatise: First [Part] Of Scroll Three: First Answers [For] Questions /

《蕅益大师净土集》第九:答问:答卓左车《弥陀疏钞》三十二问【第十五】
Great Master Ǒuyì’s Pure Land Collection: 9th [Section]: Answers [For] Questions: Answers [For] Zhuō Zuǒchē’s Thirty-Two Questions [On The] Commentary [On The Sūtra In Which The Buddha Speaks Of A]mitā[bha Buddha] [#15]

Namo Amituofo : Translation by Shen Shi’an

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https://purelanders.com/2018/06/hearing-amituofos-name-plants-a-vajra-seed-for-eventual-buddhahood

《阿弥陀经》之力用
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第四重玄义
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四不退
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https://purelanders.com/2019/10/amitabha-sutras-function-use-the-fourth-layer-of-profound-meaning-four-non-retrogressions

如何把定业转成无定业
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千年暗室,一灯能破
A Thousand Years’ Darkened Room With One Lamp Is Able To Be Destroyed
https://purelanders.com/2021/09/how-to-transform-definite-negative-karma-to-be-not-definite

为何也说来世生净土?
Why Speak Of Rebirth In Pure Land In A Future Life Too?
真念佛决无不生净土者
Those With True Mindfulness Of Buddha Are Definitely Without Those Not Born In Pure Land
https://purelanders.com/2021/09/why-speak-of-rebirth-in-pure-land-in-a-future-life-too

《大经》与《观经》之十念有分别吗?
Are There Differences Between The Ten Thoughts In The Greater Sūtra And The Contemplation Sūtra?
志心信乐,何等深切!
With The Sincere Mind Of Joyful Faith, How Profound And Clear!
https://purelanders.com/2021/09/are-there-differences-between-the-ten-thoughts-in-the-greater-sutra-and-the-contemplation-sutra

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