[For] All Kinds [Of] Practices, [Be With] Sincere Reverence As [The] Main [Attitude]
[For] prostration [to the Buddha], recitation [of sūtras], upholding [of mantras], mindfulness [of the Buddha’s name (Āmítuófó: 阿弥陀佛), and] all [other] kinds [of] practices, all should [be] with sincere reverence as [the] main [attitude].
[With] sincere reverence, if utmost, as sūtras within say, [of the] meritorious virtues, even if on ordinary beings’ ground, [we are] not able [to] completely attain [them]. Yet, that as attained, [is] also already difficult [to] contemplate [and] difficult [to] discuss.
If without sincere reverence, then [is it] with singing opera, [the] same [as] each other. That suffering, joy, sorrow [and] happiness, all belong [to] pretension, not from within expressed.
Even if having [some] meritorious virtues, [they] also [will] not surpass human [and] heavenly ignorant blessings, [with] nothing more. And these ignorant blessings, will [be] relied on, with [them] creating evil karma. Of its suffering [in the] future, when [will there] be [the] ending date?
[Note: With worldly blessings being enjoyed, there will be the tendency to become spiritually complacent, thus wasting these blessings, and eventually breaking the precepts, thus creating evil karma, leading to fall into a lower path. This is the repetitive problem of Three Lifetimes’ Grievances (三世怨) if not seeking rebirth in Pure Land (净土), as explained at https://purelanders.com/2022/07/25/verse-on-immeasurable-blessings-verse-on-three-lifetimes-grievances.]
Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
Dharma Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings (First Compilation): Second Reply Letter [To] Gāo Shàolín;
Record [Of] Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence (208th Short Section): 5th [Chapter]: Encouragement [Of The] Mind [To] Dwell [In] Sincerity [And] Reverence (3rd Short Section)
[Ref: #208 / 5.3]
Namo Amituofo : Translation and note by Shen Shi’an
Record Of Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence