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

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

念佛之人,当恭敬至诚,字字句句,心里念得清清楚楚,口里念得清清楚楚。

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].

果能如是,纵不能完全了无妄念,然亦不至过甚。

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.

多有只图快、图多,随口滑读,故无效也。

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

若能摄心,方可谓为真念佛人。

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

大势至菩萨,以如子忆母为喻,子心中只念其母,其余之境,皆非己心中事,故能感应道交。

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.

净土宗十三祖印光大师
Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
《印光法师文钞》(续编):复又真师书;
Dharma Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings (Second Compilation): Reply Letter [To] Master Yòuzhēn;
印光大师文钞菁华录(第五十七则):三、示修持方法:甲、示念佛方法(第五则)
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

相关教理
Related Teaching:

致法师与居士之念佛开示
Niànfó Guidance For Monastics And Laity
https://purelanders.com/2018/03/31/nianfo-guidance-for-monastics-laity 

相关典籍
Related Text:

《印光大师文钞菁华录》
Record Of Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence
https://purelanders.com/jinghualu

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