First, truly for [liberation from the cycle of] births [and] deaths, give rise [to the] Bodhi mind, [as this] is [the] common path [for all] learning [the] path [to Buddhahood].
Second, with profound Faith [and] Aspiration, uphold [the] Buddha’s name, as [reaching] Pure Land [is the] right goal.
Third, with gathering [the] mind [for] focused concentration then reciting, as skilful [means to] start [practice].
Fourth, with subduing [of] presently active afflictions, as cultivating [the] mind [is the most] important duty.
Fifth, with firm upholding [of the] Dharma [of the] Four Heavy Precepts [to guard against lust, killing, stealing and lying], as fundamental [for] entering [the] path.
Sixth, with various kinds [of] ascetic practices [to live simply], as cultivating [the] path’s supportive conditions.
Seventh, with wholeheartedness without [being] scattered, as pure practice [to] ‘return’ home [to Pure Land].
Eighth, with various kinds [of] spiritual auspicious [signs], as [Pure Land] rebirths’ verification.
[Of] these kinds [of] matters, each should [be] thoroughly spoken [of]. Those [who] cultivate pure karma, must not not know [them].
Pure Land Tradition’s 12th Patriarch Great Master Chèwù
(Chán Master Chèwù’s Quotations)
Namo Amituofo : Translation by Shen Shi’an