Methods Of Mindfulness [Of] Buddha Must Not [Be] Attached [To]
[Should We Recite The Buddha’s Name Loudly Or Softly?]
[On] methods of mindfulness [of the] Buddha[‘s name (Āmítuófó)], how can [there be] attachment [to a] fixed [method? The] ancients’ established methods, like [a] pharmacy within, together gathers medicines [for all ailments].
[When] we use [a] method, [we] must weigh our vitality, strength [and] past good roots. Perhaps loudly, perhaps softly, perhaps [with the] vajrā [method], perhaps silently, together without [that which] cannot [be used].
[Note: Vajrā method of upholding mindfulness of the Buddha’s name: With lips semi-clearly and semi-silently reciting, continually and closely, with the sound between the lips and teeth.]
[When] dull [and] drowsy, [we] then might as well [with a] loud[er] voice [recite], with [this] breaking off [the] dullness, [and when] scattered [and] confused, likewise thus.
If constantly [with a] loud voice [reciting, this will] definitely lead to receiving [of] sickness. [Do] not say [that for] ordinary persons, [they] must not constantly [do] so, even [for] extremely strong [and] healthy persons, [they] likewise must not constantly [do] so.
Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
Dharma Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings (Second Compilation): Reply Letter [To] Master Niànxī;
Record [Of] Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence (71st Short Section): 3rd [Chapter]: Guidance [On] Practice Methods: First, Guidance [On] Mindfulness [Of] Buddha’s Methods (19th Short Section)
[Ref: #71 / 3.1.19]
Namo Amituofo : Translation by Shen Shi’an
Record Of Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence
Please be mindful of your speech, Amituofo!