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问念佛
Questions on Chanting “Amitabha”


----- Original Message -----
From: Yutang Lin
To: 'jui khin yeo'
Sent: Friday, December 28, 2007 2:38 AM
Subject: RE:
问念佛

Having read your "On Chanting 'Amitabha'," I realized that Guru used to chant “Namo Amitabha Buddha” for ten thousand times daily, therefore I, Disicple Jing Xing, have a few questions as follows:
阅〈谈念佛〉,知道上师以前每天念一万声之「南无阿弥陀佛」圣号,弟子有几个问题如下:

Q: During the chanting of Amitabha Buddha, is it restricted within the altar room or before the holy image of Buddha only, or permissible at any time and place?
问:在持诵「阿弥陀佛」时,是只限制在佛坛中或在佛像前,还是不受限制,随时随地都可念?
A: Any time and place.
答: 在任何时间与地方。

Q: While chanting the holy name of Amitabha Buddha, should one add “Namo” before the holy name of Amitabha Buddha?
问:执持「阿弥陀佛」圣号,是否要加上「南无」两个字在圣号前?
A: No need. Easier to do just the four-word.
答: 不需要。只执持「阿弥陀佛」圣号四个字是较易的。

Q: The method of chanting, should it be with voice (low voices) or silently?
问:持诵的方法,是出声念(小声念),或只在心内默念?
A: Sometimes silently, sometimes in low voices; alternate as you feel like it.
答: 有时是默诵,有时是小声念诵。你可随意交替之。

Q: During the chanting of the holy name of Amitabha Buddha, whether one needs to visualize simultaneously, or just concentrate on the holy name of Amitabha Buddha?
问:在念诵圣号时,是否要配合观想,或只是一心专注于圣号?
A: Just concentrate on “Amitabha.”
答: 只专注于「阿弥陀佛」。

Q: How to pratice the power of concentration?
问:如何练习专注力?
A: Don’t try to do this. Just repeat as many and as often as you can, and gradually become able to concentrate.
答: 不用特意如此做。只要尽力持诵多遍及常念,如此你就能够逐渐地专注了。

Answered by Guru Yutang Lin in English on December 26 of 2007.
林钰堂上师以英文回答于二○○七年十二月廿六日


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