When the Mishnah Berura wants to explain why we say Korbanos every day he writes in 1:13:

ופרשת הקרבנות, דאמרינן במנחות: "זאת תורת החטאת", כל העוסק בתורת חטאת כאילו הקריב חטאת.‏

and the paragraph of Korbanos, as we say in Menachos: "this is the instruction of the Chatas", everyone who delves into the instruction of the Chatas is as if he offered a Chatas

But later on in 48:1 he writes:

וכן כתבו הספרים דמה שאמר הגמרא כל העוסק בפרשת עולה וכו' הכוונה שהוא מתעסק להבין עניניה לא אמירת התיבות לבד

and so books wrote: that which the Gemara says "everyone who delves into the paragraph of the Olah etc.", [its] intention is that he is delving to understand its topic, not [performing] the utterance of the words alone

Isn't this a contradiction, for when one reads Korbanos even with understanding he isn't a מתעסק?

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    Where in the MB are these? Can you edit the citations in to the question, please? – msh210 Apr 6 '15 at 17:55
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    How is reading Korbanos with understanding not מתעסק? What do you think מתעסק means? – Double AA Apr 6 '15 at 18:21
  • @DoubleAA whats needed is מתעסק להבין עניניה – MosheRabbi Apr 6 '15 at 19:32

When taken in context, there no contradiction at all.

The first time he mentions (merely saying) it (in 1:13) it is a comment on Shulchan Aruch 1:5. This follows the 7-word 1:4 which teaches us:

טוב מעט תחנונים בכוונה מהרבות בלא כוונה:‏

Better few supplications with concentration than much without concentration.

So there is no need for the Mishna Berura to repeat in 1:5 that merely mouthing the words has little to no effect.

By the time you get to 48:1 you may no longer remember this rule. :-)

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