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若生西方,
庶可与佛光寿同一,
无量无边矣。

– 净土宗十三祖印光大师

Be born in the Western Pure Land,
so that you can attain the same light and life of Āmítuófó,
that is immeasurable and boundless.

– The Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng

… If out of breath, thus should you only recite the four words ‘Āmítuófó’ [Amitābha Buddha’s name, verbally or mentally]. Wholeheartedly seek the Buddha’s loving-kindness and compassion, to receive and guide you to be reborn in his Western Pure Land. Other than this one thought, in your mind, you must not again give rise to a bit of other kinds of thoughts [or yearnings].

… If you are willing to let go of attachment to everything [worldly], and wholeheartedly [single-mindedly] recite the name of Buddha [Āmítuófó], if your worldly lifespan is yet to exhaust, you will be swiftly healed. If your worldly lifespan is already exhausting, you will immediately be reborn in his Western Pure Land. However, you must not seek swift healing from sickness, and should only seek swift rebirth in Pure Land. Seeking healing from sickness, if your lifespan is exhausting, you thus cannot attain rebirth in Pure Land. Seeking rebirth in Pure Land, if your lifespan is yet to exhaust, you can thus swiftly attain full healing.

Of rebirth in the Western Pure Land, its benefits cannot be spoken exhaustibly. Compared with others born in the heavens above, to become heavenly emperors and heavenly kings, this still highly surpasses by innumerably immeasurable tens of thousands of tens of thousands of tens of thousands of tens of thousands of times… If you are willing to rely on what I have said for recitation, you will definitely be reborn in the Western Pure Land, to be liberated from birth and death, to transcend the ordinary and enter the realm of sages.

The Pure Land Passport: The Three Great Essentials When Approaching Death (临终三大要)
The Pure Land Tradition’s 13th Patriarch Great Master Yìnguāng
(净土宗十三祖印光大师)

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