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Important Practices in Pure Land Buddhism


Q: There are five “Right Practices”. Write them and give simple explanations for each.


A:

1. Right practice of reading: Reading the three Pure Land sutras.

2. Right practice of visualizing: Calling to mind Amida Buddha and Amida Buddha’s Pure Land.

3. Right practice of revering: Putting one's hands together and bowing to Amida Buddha alone.

4. Right practice of reciting: Reciting the Name of Amida Buddha [reciting the nembutsu].

5. Right practice of praising and offering: Praising and making offerings to Amida Buddha alone.

explanation

Five Right Practices

1. Reading: Reading the Hymn of True Faith and The Letters. (Reading the three Pure Land sutras.)

2. Visualizing: Observing the Name (Namu Amida Butsu), letter by letter.

(Calling to mind Amida Buddha and Amida Buddha's Pure Land.)

3. Bowing: Putting one's hands together and bowing to Amida Buddha alone.

4. Reciting: Reciting the Name of Amida Buddha. (Reciting the nembutsu.)

5. Praising and offering: Praising and making offerings to Amida Buddha alone.

(from the doctrine book 5-35)

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