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「佛」的意思就是一個覺悟的人,是一位對於宇宙人生究竟圓滿徹底覺悟的人。對於宇宙人生本體、現象、作用,過去、現在、未來,沒有一樣不覺,沒有一樣迷惑。

「阿彌陀佛」翻成中文,意思是「無量覺」。無量就是盡虛空遍法界,過去、現在、未來,用今天的術語來講,時間、空間,時空裏的一切萬物無量無邊,用一個名號作代表——無量覺體;沒有一樣他不是正確圓滿的理解,覺而不迷。這就是「阿彌陀佛」名號的含義。所以,這名號就是宇宙萬物的本體。

「阿彌陀佛」四字,中文翻譯「無量覺」。「阿」翻作「無」,「彌陀」翻作「量」,「佛」翻作「覺」。無量覺,是指對於一切事、一切物、一切萬法,樣樣都要覺而不迷。念這句佛號,就是提醒我們,對經典所有的教訓不能忘記,不能虧失。這樣佛號念得就有功德。否則單單念這句佛號,提不起自己的警覺。這樣佛號念了沒有用處,只是口善而已,不能往生。

Buddha refers to an awakened person, one who has attained ultimate and perfect understanding of the truth of life and the universe. He has completely understood and is free from any delusion of the noumenon, phenomenon, and function of life and the universe, and of the past, present, and future.

Amitabha means “infinite awakening” in Chinese. “Infinite” refers to the entire Dharma Realm and covers the past, present and future, or time and space in today’s terminology. In time and space, phenomena are infinite and boundless, which can be represented by one term: the noumenon of infinite awakening. He correctly and perfectly understands everything and is awakened, not deluded—this is the meaning of the name Amitabha. Therefore, Amitabha is the noumenon of everything in the universe.

“Amitabha Buddha” is translated as “infinite awakening” in Chinese. Amita means “infinite.” Buddha means “awakening.” “Infinite awakening” means being awakened, not deluded about anything or any phenomenon. Chanting this Buddha-name is to remind us not to forget or be remiss in the teachings of the sutras. Chanting the Buddha-name this way will accrue merit. Otherwise, merely chanting the Buddha-name without being vigilant is useless. It is merely a virtuous verbal activity. One will not attain rebirth in the Western Pure Land.