[57] Those With True Mindfulness Of Buddha Have Utmost Sincerity Gathering In The Mind 真念佛人,至诚摄心

[57] Those [With] True Mindfulness [Of] Buddha [Have] Utmost Sincerity Gathering [In The] Mind


Of people mindful [of the] Buddha[‘s name (Āmítuófó: 阿弥陀佛), they] should [have] reverence [with] utmost sincerity, [with] word [by] word, [and] line [by] line, in [the] mind reciting very clearly, [and] in [the] mouth reciting very clearly, [for listening to it very clearly].


If really able [to do] thus, even if not able [to be] completely without false thoughts, [they will] however also not go [so far] to [be] too excessive.


Many are only seeking [to recite] quickly, seek[ing to recite] many [chants], casually [and unmindfully] skimming [through], thus [making their practice] ineffective.


If able [to] gather [in the] mind, then can [one be] called as [a] person [with] true mindfulness [of] Buddha.


Great Power Arrived Bodhisattva, with ‘like [a] child recollects [the] mother’ as analogy, [the] child’s mind within [is] only mindful [of] the mother. [With] the other conditions, all not [as] matters within one’s mind, thus [is one] able [to] connect [for] response [and] mutual interaction.

Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
Dharma Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings (Second Compilation): Reply Letter [To] Master Yòuzhēn;
Record [Of] Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence (57th Short Section): 3rd [Chapter]: Guidance [On] Practice Methods: First, Guidance [On] Mindfulness [Of] Buddha’s Methods (5th Short Section)
[Ref: #57 / 3.1.5]

Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an

Related Teaching:

Niànfó Guidance For Monastics And Laity 

Related Text:

Record Of Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence

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