[With] Mindfulness [Of] Buddha Not Seeking Blessed Rewards Yet Naturally Attaining [Them]
[It] should [be] known [that to] truly [be] able [to be] mindful [of the] Buddha [Āmítuófó (阿弥陀佛)], not seeking worldly blessed rewards, yet [by] oneself attains worldly blessed rewards. (Such [as] long life without sickness, [the] family clan [being] peaceful [and] safe, [with] children [and] grandchildren flourishing, all conditions [being] as wished, [the] ten thousand matters [being] auspicious [and] others.)
[Note 1: With the ultimate purpose in this life to reach Pure Land, and all meritorious virtues dedicated for this purpose, these meritorious virtues will also bear rewards in this life naturally, to lessen suffering and increase joy in worldly responsibilities, which facilitates smooth attaining of the ultimate purpose. As the purpose is clearly to reach Pure Land, these meritorious virtues will not ripen in ways that distract from it. Dedicating meritorious virtues only for worldly blessed rewards might squander them quickly, instead of using them skilfully, for the best benefits in this life, and for reaching Pure Land.]
If seeking worldly blessed rewards, not willing [to] dedicate [for] rebirth [in Pure Land], then [will] those attained worldly blessed rewards, instead be lowly [and] inferior.
[Note 2: There should not be shortsightedness, to seek only worldly blessed rewards, which are not as lasting, blissful and pure, as the immeasurable rewards experienced upon reaching Pure Land, through which the supreme world-transcending reward of Buddhahood can be attained.]
And [with the] mind not focused single-mindedly [i.e. wholeheartedly], rebirth [in Pure Land is] then difficult [to be] certain.
[Note 3: There should be wholehearted sincerity in our thoughts, words and deeds, all ultimately dedicated for rebirth in Pure Land.]
Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
Dharma Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings (First Compilation): Letter For Chén Xīzhōu;
Record [Of] Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence (47th Short Section): 2nd [Chapter]: Good Faith [And] Aspiration True [And] Sincere: 3rd [Sub-Chapter]: Encouragement [To Have] Complete Faith [And] Aspiration (6th Short Section)
[Ref: #47 / 2.3.6]
Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an
Record Of Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence
Please be mindful of your speech, Amituofo!