[On this] one matter [of] mindfulness [of Amitābha] Buddha, [the] crucial point [for this] present life’s attainment [of] benefits, [is that there] must [be] utmost sincerity [and] earnestness, [with] frequent recitation [of his name: ‘Āmítuófó’].
If [only for] planting good roots, although [in] jest [and] play then reciting [the] one line [of his name, this] likewise in [a] later life, [will] definitely, due [to] these good roots [planted], then give rise [to] those [who] cultivate upholding [of it, thus leading to Pure Land and Buddhahood].
Thus, ancient ones, [when] building great pagodas [and] temples, desire all people [to] see it and plant good roots [by writing his name prominently on big walls and signboards].
This one line [of the] Buddha’s name, in [the] eighth consciousness’ field within, [is] everlasting [and will] never [be] destroyed…
[It should] be known [that being] willing [to be] mindful [of] Buddha [is] indeed good, [but for those] not willing [to] recite, for them speaking [of it instead, to let] them attain hearing [of the] Buddha’s name, [this] likewise plants good roots.
[Having] listened [to it for] long, likewise has great meritorious virtues.
Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
(Ninth reply latter to laywoman Zhāng Juémíng)
Namo Amituofo : Translation by Shen Shi’an