[This] one method [of] mindfulness [of] Buddha, [is] indeed [a] Dharma [door of] utmost simplicity [and] utmost easiness, utmost vastness [and] utmost greatness.
[There] must [be the] utmost of earnest sincerity [with] single-mindedness, then able [to have] connection [and] response [for] mutual interaction [between those cultivating the] path [and the Buddha, in this] present life, personally obtaining [its] true benefits.
If lazy [and] slack, completely without reverence, although planting [a] distant cause [to connect to the Buddha], yet [with the] transgression of [irreverence or] slighting, [there] is that [which is] unthinkable [i.e. too horrible to contemplate]…
[(On the] night of (the) Great Master’s manifestation (of) passing away, (to) Master Zhēndá (and) others, (he) said, ‘(The) Pure Land Dharma Door, (is) without (any) other unusual (or) special (requisite); only needing earnestness (with) utmost sincerity (in mindfulness of Āmítuófó’s name, with which there is) none not receiving (the) Buddha’s reception (and) guidance, (to) bring (one’s negative) karma (along to be) reborn (in his Pure Land).’ (See ‘Collection [On] Eternal Reminiscences’.)]
I often say [that if] desiring [to] attain [the] Buddha’s teachings’ true benefits, [we] must, [with] reverent respect within seek [them].
Having one part [of] reverent respect, thus eradicates one part [of] transgressive karma, increasing one part [of] blessings [and] wisdom.
Having ten parts [of] reverent respect, thus eradicates ten parts [of] transgressive karma, increasing ten parts [of] blessings [and] wisdom.
If without reverent respect, yet leading [to irreverence or] slighting, thus [will] transgressive karma increase even more, and blessings [and] wisdom decrease even more.
Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
First reply letter to layperson Dèng Bóchéng
Namo Amituofo : Translation by Shen Shi’an