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’Within my [world’s] Dharma-Ending Age [here and NOW], when koṭis of koṭis* of sentient beings begin practice to cultivate the path [to liberation], there is not one human who will attain the path.’
– Śākyamuni Buddha (Mahāsannipāta Candragarbha Sūtra)
‘NOW is the Dharma-Ending Age, and NOW is the evil period of the five defilements [of kalpa, views, afflictions, sentient beings and lifespans], only with the one [Dharma] door of Pure Land, is it possible to reach and enter the way [to liberation].’
– Great Master Dàochuò (Collection On Peace And Bliss)
‘In the Dharma-Ending Age [which is NOW], when koṭis of koṭis* of humans cultivate [Dharma] practice, it is rare that one attains the path; only relying upon mindfulness of [Amitā(bha)] Buddha [阿弥陀佛: Āmítuófó], is deliverance from [the cycle of] birth and death attainable.’
– Śākyamuni Buddha (Mahāsannipāta Sūtra)
*1 koṭi = 10 million; koṭis of koṭis = 10 million x 10 million; 100 trillion