[The] Secret Of [Success For] Mindfulness [Of] Buddha
[The] Pure Land Dharma Door [is] absolutely without [the] practice of [having] oral transmission [for] teaching. Any person, from [the] sūtras’ teachings [and] compilations of writings within, [with] personal practice [having] understanding, [is] without one not attaining [it].
When [from the] Táng [to the] Sòng [Dynasties, they] still had [the] Dharma of transmitting [the] Buddha’s mind seal. Now then, only [having] one successive dynasty [from the] source [to the] direction of flow only. [To] name that as [the] Dharma, [is] likewise too pitiful, [while the] Pure [Land] Tradition [is] absolutely without this practice.
Coming [to the] mountain [is] still not as good, [as] beneficial [as] that [of] reading books. Ancient people said, ‘Meeting face [to face is] not as good [as] hearing [one’s] name.’ Since [having] come, for those [at the] seat below speaking, [I] still [speak the] ‘Collected Writings’ words within. How can it be [that there] is another secret method that [is] special, mysterious [and] wonderful?
More [than] ten years ago, for Wú Bìhuá’s letter, [at the] end [I] wrote, ‘[There] is one secret [of success for reaching Pure Land, to] earnestly inform one another. [It is to have] wholehearted sincerity [with] utmost reverence [when practising mindfulness of Āmítuófó’s name, which is most] wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!’
Faith, Aspiration [and] Practice, [these] three, are [the] Pure Land [Dharma Door’s] essential points. Gathering all six roots, is mindfulness [of] Buddha’s secret. Those knowing these two [teachings], furthermore [do] not need [to] again ask people.
Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
Dharma Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings (Third Compilation): Reply Letter [To] Master Míngxìng;
Record [Of] Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence (72nd Short Section): 3rd [Chapter]: Guidance [On] Practice Methods: First, Guidance [On] Mindfulness [Of] Buddha’s Methods (20th Short Section)
[Ref: #72 / 3.1.20]
Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an
The Most Wonderful Secret For Success
Record Of Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence