Original from: http://www.淨土宗.org/淨土宗導師/法談開示/觀經下品下生之深義1.aspx
Translations by google.
These are quotes from Shandao (善導, 613-681). Sometime (hopefully soon) I will go through these and try to come up with a more readable English translation, but for now the google translate version seems to provide the gist well enough.
1. The scriptures of “Guanjing” “Lower Grades and Lower Students”
Or there are sentient beings who do unwholesome deeds, carry out the five evils and the ten evils, and possess all kinds of unwholesome deeds.
Such a fool, because of bad karma, should fall into the evil path, experience many kalpas, and suffer endlessly.
When such a foolish person is dying, he encounters a good teacher and gives him all kinds of comfort, in order to teach the wonderful Dharma and instruct him to recite the Buddha . The good friend said, “If you can’t recite that Buddha, you should be called the Buddha of Infinite Life.” With such a sincere heart, he keeps his voice incessant recitations , he is called Namo Amitabha. Because of the name of the Buddha, in the thought of it, the sin of birth and death for eight billion kalpas is removed. At the end of his life, he sees a golden lotus flower, like a sun wheel, sitting in front of his people. As soon as you think about it, you will be reborn in the world of bliss.
He also said in “Fa Shi Zan”:
With the power of the Buddha’s vows: Five revolts and ten evils, sins are eliminated and rebirths ;