With Utmost Sincere Minds Study And Recite Sūtras 以至诚心读诵经


— 净土宗十三祖印光大师

There is one secret for success to reach Pure Land, to earnestly inform one another. It is to have wholehearted sincerity and utmost reverence, which is most wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!

— Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
(Letter For Wú Bìhuá)

All Buddhist sūtras, and all books that expound and propagate the Buddha’s Dharma, are without those that do not enable people to approach the auspicious and avoid the inauspicious, to correct mistakes and change to be good, understand the causes and effects of the three periods, recognise the Buddha-nature originally possessed, to exit the suffering ocean of the cycle of births and deaths, to be born in the lotus country of Ultimate Bliss. (一切佛经,及阐扬佛法诸书,无不令人趋吉避凶,改过迁善,明三世之因果,识本具之佛性,出生死之苦海,生极乐之莲邦。)

Those reading must give rise to the grateful mind, have the thought that the sūtras are difficult to encounter, with washed hands clean thus, managing them with reverence and maintaining sincerity, like facing the Buddhas and heavenly gods, like approaching teachers and protectors, then will there be boundless benefits, that oneself can personally attain. (读者必须生感恩心,作难遭想,净手洁案,主敬存诚,如面佛天,如临师保,则无边利益,自可亲得。)

If presumptuous without fear, arbitrarily belittling, and stubbornly with limited views, recklessly giving rise to slander, this is then with transgressions surpassing that fill the sky, and with suffering’s retribution inexhaustible. Respectfully advising the world’s people, to each approach this with clear reflection. (若肆无忌惮,任意亵渎,及固执管见,妄生毁谤,则罪过弥天,苦报无尽矣。奉劝世人,各垂明鉴。)

Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
(tr. S. Shen)

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