This simple, convenient, and effective way to practice Buddha name chanting is especially
suitable for those who find that they have little time for cultivation. The chanting
helps us to be mindful of Amitabha Buddha and, thus, even in the midst of a busy
day can bring us a few moments of calm.
We begin when we wake up. Sit up straight and clearly chant "Amituofo" ten times
with a calm and focused mind, aloud or silently. We repeat this eight more times
during the day, each time chanting "Amituofo" ten times. Throughout the day, our
chanting can be done at the following times:
Upon waking up,
before and after breakfast,
before and after lunch,
before and after dinner,
and before retiring.
If you find it takes the ten chants to just begin to focus, you can chant several
more times until you feel your last ten were done more mindfully.
The key is regularity; disruption of this practice will reduce its effectiveness.
When we recite consistently without interruption, we will soon feel an increase in
our wisdom, serenity, and purity of mind.
Diligent practice of this method together with unwavering belief, vow, and living
a moral life can ensure that we will be closer to fulfilling our wish to reach the
Western Pure Land.
When practicing Buddha-name chanting, the most important thing
is to keep our minds continuously focused
and without distraction.
It is not necessary to chant rapidly.
Chant comfortably—neither too slowly nor too quickly.