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Reading the Pure Land Sutras
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A gesture of gratitude such as lighting a stick of incense, making a bow or ringing a bell is also reasonable, and produces a peaceful, mindful atmosphere in which the Sutra may be deeply appreciated.
When engaged in the reading of a Sutra, try to go neither too quickly nor too slowly.
Simply read at a comfortable pace.
There will be times when a particular passage in a Sutra will not be understood by the reader.
If this is the case, try reading that passage again.
If the passage is still not understood, try reading it a third time.
If, after three tries, the meaning of the passage is still unclear, simply continue reading the Sutra.
At that time, one's understanding of the meaning of the particular passage will become clear.
Try not to become frustrated if the meaning of a passage or passages is unclear.
All things become evident eventually if one's intent is sincere.
Ending the Reading
When you have finished reading the Sutra either in whole or in part, simply put it down and allow the meaning of what you have just read to "settle in." If you wish to silently contemplate what you have just read, that is also reasonable.