First Understand Mindfulness [Of] Buddha’s Door, Later Study Other Sūtras [And] Commentaries
[With] Faith [and] Aspiration mindful [of the] Buddha[‘s name (i.e. Āmítuófó: 阿弥陀佛) for] seeking birth [in his] West[ern Pure Land Of Ultimate Bliss (极乐世界)], this is [with] ten thousand cultivating, [with] ten thousand persons going [there], its most direct [and] reliable Dharma Door.
[Note 1: If practising with the Three Provisions (三资粮) of Faith, Aspiration and Practice (信愿行) (of mindfulness of the Buddha), all will be able to reach his Pure Land. For detailed definitions of these provisions, see https://purelanders.com/2018/02/08/the-three-provisions.]
[There] must first be with this Dharma Door’s reasoning [and] principles, understood clearly in [the] mind.
[Note 2: There should be this priority as this life is short and unpredictable, able to end at any time. Thus, there should first be mastery of the theory and practice of the Pure Land teachings, for securing the safest and best rebirth, for the swiftest progress towards Buddhahood.]
If having extra energy, [there]after go [to] study [and] investigate all [other] sūtras [and] commentaries. [With] each kind [of] Dharma Door, all can [be] for supporting this Dharma Door [Of Mindfulness Of Buddha].
[Note 3: If there is spare time and interest, then can there be learning of other teachings. However, they should be learnt as Supportive Practices (助行) for supporting the Main Practice (正行) of mindfulness of Buddha. In other words, this should be secondary, so as to not be distracted from the primary goal of reaching Pure Land.]
Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
Dharma Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings (Second Compilation): Letter To Luō Shìfāng;
Record [Of] Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence (147th Short Section): 3rd [Chapter]: Guidance [On] Practice Methods: Fifth, Reviews [On] Practices’ Each Method (10th Short Section)
[Ref: #147 / 3.5.10]
Namo Amituofo : Translation and notes by Shen Shi’an
Record Of Great Master Yìnguāng’s Collected Writings’ Essence