[The] Dharma Door [Of] Mindfulness [Of] Buddha, [is] with Faith [and] Aspiration as [its] first guide. If without true Faith [and] sincere Aspiration, do not say [that this with] not corresponding, not able [to be] reborn [in Pure Land]. Even if corresponding, [this is] likewise not able [to] definitely [be] reborn.
Single-mindedness without [being] scattered, [and] Samādhi [From] Mindfulness [Of] Buddha, [are] likewise not easy [to] attain. If having true Faith [and] sincere Aspiration, [but] yet [to] attain correspondence, [this] likewise can [be] reborn, moreover [if] already [with] correspondence.
You, [if] only knowing [to] seek [for] correspondence, [when] slightly having correspondence’s atmosphere, then giving rise [to the] mind [of] joy [and] praise, this likewise is [the] phenomenon of not [having] correspondence, due to this thus, having strange appearances manifesting.
[For] cultivators, that [to be] most avoided, [is with] attaining [of] little as enough. [With] attaining little as enough, then giving rise [to] regression [and] laziness, this is truth [with] certainty.
[I] implore [you to] only [be] wholeheartedly mindful, [and] not with ‘not corresponding not attaining rebirth’ as doubt [and] fear. Of all states, all [should] not [be] paid attention to, also not asking [if] they [will lead to a] good death [or a] bad death. Apart from mindfulness [of] Buddha, [do] not cause [the] rise [of a] second thought. Like this, then can [there be] attaining [of] definite rebirth’s benefits.
Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
(Reply Letter [To] Great Master Huìkōng)
Namo Amituofo : Translation by Shen Shi’an
The Three Provisions