[To] Attain [The] Buddha’s Dharma’s True Benefits Needs [The] Completely Sincere Mind
Desiring [to] attain [the] Buddha’s Dharma’s true benefits, [there] must [be] preparation [with the] completely sincere mind.
[Note 1: With utmost sincere learning (闻), there will be utmost sincere contemplating (思), with utmost sincere cultivation (修), thus having the utmost results. The more sincerity there is, the more benefits there will be.]
[The] practices of upholding sūtras [and] mindfulness [of the] Buddha[‘s name] [Āmítuófó: 阿弥陀佛], although [are the] same, sincerity [of the] mind has shallowness [and] depth, [with] frivolousness [and] earnestness, that [are] not [the] same. Thus, their benefits, [are] then [with] great forms [of] wide differences.
[Note 2: Without utmost sincere learning, there will not be utmost sincere contemplating, or utmost sincere cultivation, thus not having the utmost results. The less sincerity there is, the less benefits there will be.]
Every worldly matter equally needs [to be] with sincerity then accomplished. Moreover, [for] upholding sūtras [and] mindfulness [of] Buddha[‘s name, with the] desire [to], with [this] ordinary being’s body, [be] liberated [from the cycle of] birth [and] death, [to have] transcendent ascent [of the] Buddha’s land, [how can one] not [be] sincere, yet [be] able [to] attain [this]?
[Note 3: Even worldly matters need some form of sincerity for learning, contemplating and doing, for them to be done well, what more for great spiritual matters.]
Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
Dharma Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings (Second Compilation): First Reply Letter [To] Lǐ Tīngtāo;
Record [Of] Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence (214th Short Section): 5th [Chapter]: Encouragement [Of The] Mind [To] Dwell [In] Sincerity [And] Reverence (9th Short Section)
[Ref: #214 / 5.9]
Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an
Record Of Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence