Question: If ten mindful [recitations or] one mindful [recitation] both attain birth [in Amituofo’s Pure Land], why is there need for [one to] seven days [of mindful recitations, as taught in the Amitabha Sutra]?
Answer: If without normal times’ seven days’ efforts [or skills of Nianfo Practice], how can there be, when approaching the end of life, ten mindful [recitations or] one mindful [recitation]?
Even for the lower of the low grade’s people with heinous evils, both are with previous causes’ ripening, thus inducing, when approaching the end of life, the meeting of good [spiritual] friends, to hear and thus [give rise to] Faith and Aspiration [for Practice].
As these matters, within ten thousand people, is without one, how can there be taking of chances?
Essential Explanation On The Amitabha Sutra As Spoken By The Buddha
The Pure Land Tradition’s 9th Patriarch Great Master Ǒuyì
Namo Amituofo: Translation by Shen Shi’an