If one is only mindful of Amita[bha Buddha; Amituofo], this is named as unsurpassable, profound and subtle [wonderful]
meditation. – Mahasamnipata Sutra (Sutra
of the Great Assembly)
be mindful only of Amituofo means to practise single-minded and wholehearted
mindfulness of him.As the quote shows, mindfulness of
Amituofo, be it via verbal or silent chanting is also a form of meditation, as
it trains the mind towards compassion, calmness and clarity. The concentration
(samadhi) attainable is supremely peaceful and blissful as it is supported by
the Other-power of Amituofo too.
In fact, Buddha mindfulness is thesupreme form ofmeditation, because it leads to
birth in Pure Land, to be able to meet andlearn from many Buddhas directly, and to always be with the best
of spiritual friends in the best environmentfor spiritual training.
Spiritualprogress is thus swift and without backsliding, until
attained – for guiding morebeings to the same supreme
Mindfulness of Buddha is also
repeatedly taught by the Buddha in some300 assemblies,
as recorded in more than280 sutras,
as it is thesafest and easiestpath of practice, that leads to the most fruitful
attainment. As stated in the Amitabha and Infinite Life Sutra, it
is also a teachingpraised by all
Buddhas, that all Buddhas will teach.