[On] mindfulness [of] Buddha, [this] one practice, [if] restricting [to, in this] present life attaining benefits, [there] must be earnestness [with] utmost sincerity, constantly reciting [the Buddha’s name: Āmítuófó (阿弥陀佛)].
If planting good roots, although playing around, then reciting one line, also in [a] future life definitely has, because [of] this good root, those then giving rise [to] practice.
Thus, ancient people greatly built pagodas, desiring all people [who] see them, [to] then plant good roots, [write the Buddha’s name prominently on big walls and signboards].
This one line [of the] Buddha[‘s name], within [the] eighth consciousness’ field, [is] everlasting [and] indestructible.
When [the] Buddha [was] in [this] world, an old man desired [to] join [the] Buddha, [by] leaving [the] household [life], five hundred noble [ones in the] assembly, contemplating [that as] he, [for] eighty thousand kalpas since, [was] without [the] least good roots [planted, they] rejected and [did] not accept [him].
[As] that person at Jeta Grove outside wailed, [the] Buddha summoned [to] come, and [for him] spoke [the] Dharma, [with him] immediately realising [the] path’s fruit.
[As the] five hundred noble [ones in the] assembly [did] not understand such [a] wonder, [they] asked [the] Buddha [about it].
[The] Buddha said, ‘This person, in immeasurable kalpas before, because [of a] tiger, [who] forced [him] up [a] tree, [he] recited one line [of] “Námó Buddha[ya”, thus able to] meet me [and] attain [the] path.’
[This is] not [what] you [and] others [of] Voice-Hearers’ path’s eye, that able [to be] seen.’
Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
(9th Reply Letter To Laywoman Zhāng Juémíng)
Namo Amituofo : Translation by Shen Shi’an
Below Part Of Letter:
Unintentionally Hearing Āmítuófó’s Name Also Creates Great Meritorious Virtues