[With] Wholehearted Mindfulness [Of] Buddha, Without Other Further Thoughts
[The] Buddha’s Dharma’s essential meaning, [is] in non-attachment’s mind.
[Note 1: With non-attachment, thus without delusional greed for anything, and delusional hatred of anything. Greed, hatred and delusion are the three poisons that cause evil, suffering and rebirth in the cycle of birth and death.]
If in advance retaining [the] one mind of extreme attachment [to] attaining all kinds of [spiritual] states’ benefits, [this] then contains demonic wombs’ [potential].
[Note 2: With attachment wanting special experiences, even those spiritual in nature, this is still greed, which arises from delusion. These poisons are spiritual weaknesses, that make one susceptible to demonic disturbances. If they are strong, they can even lead to rebirth in a corresponding evil realm.]
If [the] mind within [is] ’empty [and] hollow’, besides [having] one line [of the] Buddha’s [name (Āmítuófó: 阿弥陀佛)], without another one thought [that] can [be] attained, then [will there] probably be [what can be] attained.
[Note 3: Having pure spiritual Aspiration (愿) for Practice (行) of mindfulness of Buddha (念佛) should not be mistaken as having greedy attachment. During sincere Practice, it is without craving for auspicious signs, which is how genuine auspicious signs might arise. If there is much craving, the ‘signs’ that arise might be demonic distractions to cause complacence, arrogance and confusion, that prevent sincere Practice for true attainments.]
Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
Dharma Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings (Third Compilation): Reply Letter [To] Dharma Master Míngdào;
Record [Of] Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence (122nd Short Section): 3rd [Chapter]: Guidance [On] Practice Methods: Third, Clear Remedies [For] Habitual Tendencies (29th Short Section)
[Ref: #122 / 3.3.29]
Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an
Record Of Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence