Translations

[316] The One Dharma Door Of Upholding The Buddha’s Name Includes And Brings Together The Ten Thousand Practices 持名一法,括囊万行

持名一法,括囊万行
[316] [The] One Dharma [Door Of] Upholding [The Buddha’s] Name Includes [And] Brings Together [The] Ten Thousand Practices

大启愿轮,深明缘起,其唯《无量寿经》。

[On the] great beginning [with] vows [turning the Dharma] wheel [of the Pure Land Dharma Door (净土法门), for] deeply understanding [its] conditions [for] arising, it [is] only [with the] ‘Immeasurable Life Sūtra’.

专阐观法,兼示生因,其唯《十六观经》。

[For] focused explanations [on] contemplations’ methods, simultaneously revealing [Pure Land] births’ causes, it [is] only [with the] ‘Sixteen Contemplations’ Sūtra’.

如上二经, 法门广大,谛理精微。末世钝根,诚难得益。

Like [in the] above two sūtras, [the Pure Land] Dharma Door [is] vast [and] great, [with its] truths [and] principles refined [and] subtle. [As this Dharma-]Ending Age’s [sentient beings are with] dull roots, [they are] truly difficult [to] attain [the Dharma’s] benefits.

求其文简义丰,词约理富,三根普被,九界同遵,下手易而成功高,用力少而得效速,笃修一行,圆成万德,顿令因心,即契果觉者,其唯《佛说阿弥陀经》欤!

Seeking that [with] text simple [and] meanings abundant, phrases brief [and] principles rich, [with the] three roots universally covered, [that the] nine realms [can] together follow, [with] starting [of practice] easy, yet [with] success high, [with] exerting [of] efforts little, yet [with] attaining [of] results fast, [it is with] sincere cultivating [of the] one practice [of mindfulness of Āmítuófó’s name (阿弥陀佛)], that completely accomplishes [the] ten thousand virtues. Suddenly enabling [the] causal [ground’s] mind, [to] immediately correspond [with the] fruit [ground’s] awakening, it [is] only [with the] ‘Sūtra [In Which The] Buddha Speaks [Of] Amitā[bha Buddha]’.

良由一闻依正庄严、上善俱会,则真信生而切愿发,有若决江河而莫御之势焉。

[Those] good, from once hearing [about the Pure Land’s] circumstantial [and] direct adornments, [with those of] superior goodness together meeting [there], then [with] true Faith arisen and sincere Aspiration given rise, [these] have [the] power of [that] like breached streams [and] rivers, [that] cannot [be] resisted then.

从兹拳拳服膺,执持万德洪名,念兹在兹,以至一心不乱。

From now [on], sincerely bearing [it] in mind, firmly uphold [the] great name [of] ten thousand virtues. [Being] mindful [of] this in [the here and] now [i.e. from thought to thought not forgetting it], with [this] reach wholeheartedness without [being] scattered.

能如是,则现生已预圣流,临终随佛往生。开佛知见,同佛受用。

Able [to do] thus, then [in this] present life already [in] advance [entering the] noble stream, [when] approaching [life’s] end, following [the] Buddha [to be] reborn [in his Pure Land], open [to the] Buddha’s knowing [and] seeing, [to be] similar [to the] Buddha [in] receiving [his] benefits.

是知持名一法,括囊万行。全事即理,全妄即真。因该果海,果彻因源。

[It] is [to be] known [that of] upholding [the Buddha’s] name, [this] one Dharma [Door, it] includes [and] brings together [the] ten thousand practices. Complete practice is the same as principles, [and the] completely ‘false’ is the same as [the] true. [With the] cause possessing [the] effect’s ocean, [and the] effect pervading [the] cause’s source.

诚可谓归元之捷径,入道之要门。

[This] truly can [be] called [the] shortcut of returning [to the] fundamental, [the] essential door of entering [the] path.

净土宗十三祖印光大师
Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
《印光法师文钞》(正编):
重刻阿弥陀经序;
Dharma Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings (First Compilation): Preface [For] Re-carving [Of The] ‘Sūtra [In Which The] Buddha Speaks [Of] Amitā[bha Buddha]’;
印光大师文钞菁华录(第三百十六则):十、标应读典籍(第一则)
Record [Of] Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence (316th Short Section): 10th [Chapter]: Indication [Of] Canonical Texts [That] Should [Be] Studied (1st Short Section)

[Ref: #316 / 10.1]

Translation by Shen Shi’an

相关典籍
Related Texts:

《无量寿经》
Immeasurable Life Sūtra
https://purelanders.com/dajing

《观经》
Contemplation Sūtra
https://purelanders.com/guanjing

《阿弥陀经》
Amitābha Sūtra
https://purelanders.com/sutra

《印光大师文钞菁华录》
Record Of Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence
https://purelanders.com/jinghualu

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