The Ten Merits of Yeom Bul Chanting (高聲念佛十種功德)


高 gāo tall, high, above average, loud (korean: 고 go)
聲 shēng sound, noise, news, message, declare, state (korean: 성 seong)
高聲 speak out loud clearly, recite aloud
念佛 niàn-fú mindfulness of Buddha (korean: 염불 yeombul)
十 shí ten (korean: 십 sib)
種 zhǒng kind, type (korean: 종 jong)
功 gōng merit (korean: 공 gong)
德 dé virtue (korean: 덕 deok)
功德 Chinese Buddhist technical term equivalent to Sanskrit puṇya (पुण्य), “merit”

能排 = able to push away; 睡眠 = sleep
能排 = Mara/demons; 能排 = frighten
聲 = sound; 遍 = everywhere; 十方 = ten directions
三塗 = three lower realms; 息苦 = stop suffering
外聲 = outside sounds; 不入 = not enter
勇猛 = courageous; 精進 = vīrya (वीर्य), diligence, the fourth Paramita
諸佛 = all Buddhas; 歡喜 = joy
念心 = mindfulness of mind; 不散 = not scattered
三昧 = samadhi; 現 = appears; 前 = foremost
往生 = rebirth; 淨土 = Pure Land

[The following English translation is from: “Essential Compendium for Buddhists (Bulja pillam)”, translated by Seonjoon Amanda R. Young. Please note that the translation below does not exactly fit the Chinese above.]
First, the merit of waking us from sleep.
Second, the merit of surprising and repelling malicious spirits.
Third, the merit of the sound reaching to the ten directions.
Fourth, the merit of resting the suffering of the three lower paths.
Fifth, the merit of keeping out exterior sounds.
Sixth, the merit of keeping the mind which is chanting from scattering.
Seventh, the merit of (helping us) to make ferocious effort.
Eighth, the merit of making all the buddhas happy.
Ninth, the merit of bringing the experience of samādhi directly to us.
Tenth, the merit of bringing about rebirth in the Pure Land.

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