[With] Wholehearted Mindfulness [Of] Buddha As [That] Essential, Ascetic Practices For Later
[On] pricking [for] blood [to] write sūtras [i.e. to express devotion], [this] one practice, temporarily [now], slowly plan [for it, as you] should first [be] with wholehearted mindfulness [of] Buddha as [that] essential.
Fearing [that with] blood consumed, vitality [might be] weakened, instead becoming [an] obstacle. [With the] body [at] peace, then after [can the] path flourish.
On ordinary beings’ ground, [there] must not [be] with [the] ascetic practices of [the] Dharma Body’s Great Beings, [with] those examples those imitated.
[Yet] only [with] attaining [of] wholeheartedness, every Dharma [will be] perfectly complete.
Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
Dharma Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings (First Compilation): Second Letter To Great Master Hóngyī;
Record [Of] Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence (157th Short Section): 3rd [Chapter]: Guidance [On] Practice Methods: Fifth, Reviews [On] Practices’ Each Method (20th Short Section)
[Ref: #157 / 3.5.20]
Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an
Record Of Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence