Pure Land Liturgy for Birth Excerpt: Those who are mindful of Amida continuously until the end of their lives as stated above will be born in the Pure Land, ten out of ten and a hundred out of a hundred. The reason is that they are free of miscellaneous influences from outside, they have attained the right mindfulness, they are in accord with the Buddha's Primal Vow, they do not disagree with the Buddha's teachings, and they accord with the Buddha's words. Those who set aside the exclusive practice and seek to perform miscellaneous acts will rarely attain birth, perhaps one or two out of a hundred or three or five out of a thousand. The reason is that miscellaneous influences arise in confusion and disrupt one's right-mindfulness. Such practitioners are not in accord with the Buddha's Primal Vow, they are in disagreement with the Buddha's teachings, they do not accord with the Buddha's words, their mindfulness does not continue, their recollecting thoughts are intermittent, their aspiration for birth by transferring their merits towards it is not deep-rooted and sincere, evil passions such as greed, anger and various wrong views arise to interrupt their mindfulness, and they lack the mind of repentance. There are three kinds of repentance: principal, short, and extensive, which are explained in detail below.15) Any of the three can be done as one pleases. Otherwise, one will not be continuously mindful of repaying the Buddha's benevolence, one will give rise to haughty thoughts which allow one's acts to be tainted with desires for reputation and profit, one will be covered with self-attachment which alienates one from fellow-practitioners and good teachers, and one will be drawn to miscellaneous influences, resulting in hindering oneself and others from performing the right practice for birth in the Pure Land. The reason I say this is that I have recently witnessed and heard about the fact that priests and laypeople have different understandings and perform different practices and that some of them take to the exclusive practice [of the Nembutsu] while others follow miscellaneous practices. If only one practices with singleness of heart, ten out of ten will be born in the Pure Land. Those who perform miscellaneous practices and lack sincerity of heart fail to attain birth, even one in a thousand. The gain and loss of these two types of practice have already been discussed above. <...> (12) I take refuge in the Buddha and repent before him so that my teacher, parents, good friends of the Way, and sentient beings of the universe may destroy the three karmic hindrances21) and together attain birth in the land of Amida Buddha. [SIZE=+1]Sincere repentance: (Principal repentance)[/SIZE] I take refuge in and repent before Buddhas of the ten quarters; May all the roots of my karmic evil be destroyed. I will transfer to others the good which I have cultivated since long ago So that it may become the cause of birth in the Land of Peace and Bliss for them and for myself. I always wish that at the time of death, everyone will see All the wonderful objects and manifestations. I wish to see Amida, the Lord of Great Compassion, Avalokiteshvara, Mahasthamaprapta and Honored Ones of the ten quarters. I pray and wish that their divine light embraces me and they extend their hands towards me; May I ride the Buddha's Primal Vow and be born in his land. After having thus repented, transferred my merits and made an aspiration, I take refuge in Amida Buddha with sincerity of heart. I hope this is helpful.