[When] Upholding Recitation [Of] Sūtras [And] Mantras, [What] Precious Is [Having] Utmost Sincerity
[When] upholding recitation [of] sūtras [and] mantras, [what] precious is [having] utmost sincerity. Even if absolutely not knowing [their] meanings, if able [to have] wholehearted sincerity [and] utmost reverence, [with] devout earnestness receiving [and] upholding [them], gradually over a long time, naturally [will evil] karma [be] eliminated [and] wisdom [become] clear, obstacles [be] exhausted [and the] mind [become] bright, also [with the] ability [to] directly attain [the] Buddha’s meanings, what more [with] words [of] commentary texts, [with] their meanings conveyed.
[Note 1: Reciting the Buddha’s sacred teachings with utmost sincerity is able to create great meritorious virtues (功德) to eliminate evil karma, and let their wisdom permeate the mind.]
[Note 2: Recitation of Amitā(bha) Buddha’s name (Āmítuófó: 阿弥陀佛) also creates meritorious virtues and awakens one’s inner wisdom, when connected with his wisdom light (智慧光).]
[Note 3: To expedite realisation of the meanings of the Buddha’s teachings recited, there can also be systematic and comprehensive study done, by attending proper classes and contemplating with good commentaries, while regular recitation is useful for further internalisation and realisation of their meanings.]
Otherwise, even if able [to] clearly understand [them], due [to] not [having] utmost sincerity, [they will] only become ordinary beings’ emotional views [and] speculative considerations, [with] nothing more. Of [the] sūtras’ true benefits, [and] true connections [with] responses, all [will be] without causes [to be] attained. Completely with this conscious mind differentiating [and] conjecturing, how [is one] able [to] subtly [and] thoroughly understand [the] Buddha’s wisdom, implicitly agree [with the] path’s wonders, [to at] once transcend, directly enter [the noble, to] immediately obtain supreme benefits?
[Note 4: To have genuine connections with the Buddha and responses from him, there should at least be utmost sincere mindfulness of his name. This is how the Buddha can receive and guide us to reach his Pure Land (净土), to become noble ones (圣者).]
Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
Dharma Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings (Third Compilation): Preface [Of] Vernacular Explanation [Of] Morning [And] Evening Liturgy;
Record [Of] Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence (215th Short Section): 5th [Chapter]: Encouragement [Of The] Mind [To] Dwell [In] Sincerity [And] Reverence (10th Short Section)
[Ref: #215 / 5.10]
Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an
Record Of Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence