Today, the 1st day of the 1st lunar month, is Maitreya Bodhisattva’s sacred birthday. Homage to the honourable future descending and born Maitreya Buddha.
[The] Buddha told Maitreya [Bodhisattva], ‘[If] there are [those who] attain hearing [of] that Buddha’s name [Āmítuófó], [with] joyful enthusiasm, and even [if for] one thought, [you] should know [that] these persons [will] because of [this] attain great benefits, [who] are then complete [with] unsurpassable meritorious virtues.
Therefore, Maitreya, if [there] is [a] great fire, [that] fully fills [the] three-thousandfold great-thousandfold world, [there] should [be] crossing [of] this, [to] hear this sūtra’s Dharma, [with] joyful faith, accepting, upholding, studying [and] reciting [it, with] as said cultivate practice.
(Immeasurable Life Sūtra)