If defilement arising amidst sutra recitation, turn to eye text with intent,
pronounce aloud whilst listening, and, if defilement persisting, point at
text with finger, read out word for word, retrieve thought that took flight,
and concentrate attention once more.
At times, though, we may be so conversant with the text that we no
longer need to even look it. Concentrate mind and thought nonetheless,
think about the text being recited, and allow the outflow of every word
and sentence from mind to mouth and then to ear. Such is an effective
method to disperse defilement.
On knowledge in prostrating before the Buddha and reciting the sutras