Those [With] Practices Without Faith [And] Aspiration Cannot [Be] Reborn [In] Pure Land
Ordinary beings, if without Faith [and] Aspiration connecting [to the] Buddha, even if cultivating all other supreme practices, also [with] upholding [the] name [of Āmítuófó’s] supreme practice, [they] likewise [are] not able [to be] reborn [in his Pure Land]. Therefore, [having] Faith [and] Aspiration [is] the most important [and urgent].
[The Pure Land Tradition’s 9th Patriarch Great Master] Ǒuyì said, ‘Attaining birth [in Āmítuófó’s Pure Land] or not, completely depends on Faith [and] Aspiration [being] present [or] absent. [The] grade [of birth being] high [or] low, completely depends on [the Practice of] upholding [the] name [of Āmítuófó being] deep [or] shallow.’
Moreover, [this is what a] thousand Buddhas arising [in the] world cannot change, [with their offering] of irrefutable ironclad proof. [If] able [to have this] Faith attained [and] reached, perhaps you, [for birth in the] Western [Pure Land, will] have [a] part.
Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
(Third Reply Letter [To] Layperson Gāo Shàolín)
Namo Amituofo : Translation by Shen Shi’an
The Three Provisions