[Explanation]: Question: [On one to] seven days [of mindfulness with wholeheartedness] without [being] scattered (一心不乱), [is this when in] ordinary times, [or] when approaching [the] end [of life]?
Answer: [This is when in] ordinary times.
[Note: However, this can also be when approaching the end of life. The advantage of focusing on the above being in ordinary times is that there will be more sincere and diligent Practice towards attaining it now. With this, it will be much easier repeat such Practice when approaching the end of life.
This approach does not risk only having last minute Practice later, when it might be too late, and not enough. Moreover, it is difficult to tell how near the end of life is now, in ordinary times, with it able to come suddenly at any time.
However, with enough Practice, the likeliness of sudden death unprepared for will reduce, as Practice will reduce negative karma that enables it to occur.]
Question: After [one to] seven days of [wholeheartedness] without [being] scattered, [if there are persons] again giving rise [to] confusions [to] create [negative] karma, [will they] likewise attain birth [in Pure Land]?
Answer: If of persons [who have] attained wholeheartedness without [being] scattered, [they will] without again [be with] matters of giving rise [to] confusions [to] create [negative] karma.
– 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 and note by Shen Shi’an
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