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When translating sacred liturgy from one culture to the next, one stumbling block is sutra recitation in Pinyin. The typical Westerner has a resistance to Pinyin sutra recitation.

Language is a cultural interaction. It is the people around the words who are interacting together, or most unfortunately - not interacting together.

To improve cultural interaction, shape the liturgy in an honest way that preserves the original meaning; while remaining flexible to the changing flow of ideas as they arise. Be "neither a traitor nor a taylor" to the source cultures' liturgy.

Imagine a Pure Land Temple where sutras are recited regularly in a different language. One week the sutra is in the French style. Next week the sutra is Eskimo style #23, Arabic, Mandinka, etc... Perhaps these worshipers have overcome all barriers between written words and ultimate understanding...

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