[67] Mindfulness Of Buddha Must Be Careful, To Not Be ‘Possessed’ With Compassion And Joy ‘Demons’ 念佛须留心,不着悲喜魔 Mindfulness Of Buddha Must Be Arbitrated, When Quietly Sitting Not Clutching Beads 念佛须调停,静坐不掐珠

[67] [i] Mindfulness [Of] Buddha Must [Be] Careful, [To] Not [Be] ‘Possessed’ [With] Compassion [And] Joy ‘Demons’


Of people learning Buddhism, [with each] one action [and every] one movement, all must [be] careful. As for mindfulness [of the] Buddha[‘s name (Āmítuófó), there] must [be] sincere wholeheartedness.


Perhaps, sometimes within [the] mind, [with] grief [and sorrow] arising, this also is [a] sign of good roots rising [and] appearing, [but one] must not enable it [to] frequently [be] thus. Otherwise, [one] will [be] ‘possessed’ [with the] compassion ‘demon’.


When having all agreeable [and] comfortable, [there] must not [be] excessive joy. Otherwise, [one] will [be] ‘possessed’ [with the] joy ‘demon’.

[67] [ii] Mindfulness [Of] Buddha Must [Be] Arbitrated, [When] Quietly Sitting Not Clutching Beads


When mindful [of the] Buddha[‘s name, the] eyelids must [be] drooping down. [There] must not [be] bracing [of] vitality [that is] too extreme, with [this] leading [to the] heart’s fire upward blazing, or having [the] top [of the] head itching, giving rise [to] pain [and] other illnesses. [There] must [be] arbitrating [and] moderating.


[If] aloud reciting, [there] must not [be] excessive exerting [of] strength, with [this for] preventing receiving [of] sickness.


[If] clutching beads reciting, [this is] able [to] prevent laziness.


When quietly sitting, [there] must not [be] clutching. [With] clutching, then [with] fingers moving, then [will the] mind not [be] able [to] concentrate. [After] long, [this] will receive sickness.

Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
Dharma Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings (Second Compilation): Letter [Of] Admonition [To] Those First Giving Rise [To The] Aspiration [To] Learn Buddhism;
Record [Of] Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence (67th Short Section): 3rd [Chapter]: Guidance [On] Practice Methods: First, Guidance [On] Mindfulness [Of] Buddha’s Methods (18th Short Section)
[Ref: #67 / 3.1.15]

Namo Amituofo : Translation by Shen Shi’an

Related Text:

Record Of Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence

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