Sincerity And Reverence As [The] Secret [For] Liberation [From The Cycle Of] Birth [And] Death
Speaking [of] sincerity [and] speaking [of] reverence, these words [are] throughout [the] world [by] all known, [but] these paths [are] throughout [the] world [with] all ignorant.
[Note 1: Although many know about sincerity (诚) and reverence (恭敬) in principle (理), not many put them into practice (事). With these qualities actualised with diligence (精进) for the Three Wisdoms (三慧) of learning (闻), contemplation (思) and cultivation (修), all Dharma principles will be easier realised.]
Yìnguāng, due [to having] transgressive karmas deep [and] heavy, hoping [to] eliminate transgressive karmas, with [this for] repaying [the] Buddha’s kindness, often sought ancient virtuous [ones’] practices [and] admirable models. Due [to] this, then knowing sincerity and reverence, [are] truly for transcending [the] ordinary [to] enter [the] noble, [the] utmost wonderful secret [for] liberation [from the cycle of] birth [and] death.
[Note 2: With utmost sincerity and reverence practising the Buddha’s teachings, including mindfulness of the Buddha’s name (Āmítuófó: 阿弥陀佛), all can eliminate transgressive karmas (罪业), and transcend the ordinary to enter the noble (超凡入圣), by reaching his Western Pure Land Of Ultimate Bliss (西方极乐世界).]
Thus constantly with those [who] have affinity, repeatedly speaking of [this].
Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
Dharma Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings (First Compilation): Fifth Reply Letter To A Certain Yǒngjiā Layperson;
Record [Of] Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence (209th Short Section): 5th [Chapter]: Encouragement [Of The] Mind [To] Dwell [In] Sincerity [And] Reverence (4th Short Section)
[Ref: #209 / 5.4]
Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an
Record Of Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence