Question: [Does with a] scattered mind calling [the] name [of Āmítuófó], also eradicate transgressions?
Answer: [As the] name’s meritorious virtues [are] inconceivable, how can [it] not eradicate transgressions? However, [this does] not definitely [lead to] rebirth [in Pure Land].
With drawn out [and] scattered goodness, [it is] difficult [to] oppose beginningless accumulated transgressions thus.
[It] should be known [that] accumulated transgressions, if having physical form, exhausting empty space’s realms, [they will] not [be] able [to] contain [or] receive them. Although [for a] hundred years’ days [and] nights [reciting] Āmítuófó’s name ten thousand times, [with] each [and] every recitation eradicating 80 koṭis [i.e. 10 million each] of kalpas’ [i.e. world cycles of about 1.3 trillion years each] births’ [and] deaths’ [transgressions], however, those eradicated transgressions [are] like dirt [in one’s] fingernails, [while] yet [to be] eradicated transgressions [are] like [the] great Earth’s dirt.
Only reciting to reach wholeheartedness without being scattered, is thus like a strong person breaking out of an enclosure and escaping, not again [by the] three armies [from the left, middle and right] able [to be] subdued.
– Pure Land Tradition’s 9th Patriarch Great Master Ǒuyì
(Essential Explanation [Of The] Sūtra [In Which The] Buddha Speaks [Of] Amitā[bha] Buddha)
Namo Amituofo : Translation by Shen Shi’an
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Complete English Translation Of ‘The Essential Explanation On The Amitābha Sūtra As Spoken By The Buddha’