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Sūtra on the Differences in the Karmic Recompenses of Action

Section 22

“Furthermore, there are actions that can cause sentient beings to receive the karmic recompense of certitude [of rebirth in the Pure Land]. If a person in an advanced state of mind (adhicitta) makes offerings to the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Saṃgha, or to someone who keeps the precepts and, through such wholesome actions, vows to transfer [all that merit to others], he then will immediately go to rebirth [in the Pure Land]. This is called action that entails the karmic recompense of certitude.
“Furthermore, there are actions that can cause sentient beings to receive the karmic recompense of a lack of certitude [of rebirth in the Pure Land]. This type of action is not performed in an advanced state of mind and moreover is not cultivated; additionally, this person does not vow to transfer [this merit to others] so that he may take rebirth [in the Pure Land]. This is called action that entails the karmic recompense of a lack of certitude.