With [The] Filial Mind’s True Sincerity Support-Chanting, Definitely Attains Great Efficacious Benefits
[The] Buddha’s Dharma [is with] true benefits, only [with] those [having] reverence [and] utmost sincerity, [who are] able [to] attain them completely. [The] others [are] thus according [to] their greatness [or] smallness of sincerity, then [with] each having great [or] small benefits only.
If only [having] extravagant, vain [and] flowery [‘rites’], with [these] seeking [to] please [other] persons’ ears [and] eyes, then perhaps also having [the] transgression of slighting [the Dharma].
[As] your desire [to have] transcendental deliverance [of your] father [and] mother, [is] truly as [the] filial mind, why [is there] need [to] also ask [if] it has efficacy or not? [With] this asking, [is] enough [to] see [that] your faithful mind [is] not truly sincere.
[With] utmost sincerity [and] earnestness mindful [of the] Buddha, [with] mindfulness reaching its utmost, then able [to be] liberated [from] birth [and] death, [to] transcend [the] ordinary [and] enter [the] noble, down to ultimately accomplishing Buddhahood.
Not to mention [that] you [are] with [the] filial mind, for [your] already passed [away] father [and] mother, [how is this] able [to] not have efficacy? Only fearing [that] your mind [is] without great [and] true sincerity, then [are] those attained benefits of your father [and] mother, likewise also not transcendental [and] supreme.
Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
(Reply Letter [To] Layperson Chén Zhòngwèi)
Namo Amituofo : Translation by Shen Shi’an