How To [Have] Ten Thousand [Persons] Cultivating Mindfulness [Of] Buddha [With] Ten Thousand Persons Going Pure Land
Desiring [to be] born [in the] Western [Pure Land, there] must first be true Faith [and] sincere Aspiration. If without true Faith [and] sincere Aspiration, even if having cultivation [of] practice, [this is] not able [to be] with [the] Buddha, [to have] connection [and] response [for] mutual interaction, only attaining human [and] heavenly blessed rewards, and [with them] becoming [the] cause of attaining deliverance [in the] future.
If Faith [and] Aspiration [are] complete, then [is with] ten thousand [persons] not missing one. [Of the Pure Land Tradition’s 6th Patriarch Great Master] Yǒngmíng’s so-called, ‘[Of] ten thousand [persons] cultivating, [with] ten thousand persons going’, [this is with] reference [to] those [with] Faith [and] Aspiration complete speaking.
Since having true Faith [and] sincere Aspiration, [there] will [be] cultivation [of] mindfulness [of] Buddha’s Main Practice. With Faith [and] Aspiration as [the] guide, [with] mindfulness [of] Buddha as [the] Main Practice.
[With] Faith, Aspiration [and] Practice, [these] three, [they are] then [the] Dharma Door [Of] Mindfulness [Of] Buddha’s essential principles. Having Practice without Faith [and] Aspiration, [this is] not able [to be] reborn [in Pure Land]. Having Faith [and] Aspiration without Practice, likewise [is] not able [to be] reborn.
[With] Faith, Aspiration [and] Practice, [these] three, complete [and] without [that] lacking, [there is] definite rebirth. Attaining birth or not, completely depends on Faith [and] Aspiration [being] present [or] absent. [The] grade [of birth being] high [or] low, completely depends on upholding [the] name [of Āmítuófó being] deep [or] shallow.
Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
(Letter For Layperson Chén Xīzhōu)
Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an
The Three Provisions
Chán And Pure Land’s Fourfold Explanations