Snow Mountain Monastery
“Speak one sentence more, recite the Buddha’s name one time less. This is correct. Speak one sentence less; recite the Buddha’s name one time more. This is also correct. If we understand this theory, then “when walking we recite Amitabha and when sitting we recite Amitabha.” That is, when we’re walking, we recite Amitabha; when we’re sitting down we also recite Amitabha; when we’re standing we recite Amitabha, and even when we’re lying down, we recite Amitabha. We recite constantly without the thought of reciting, and without the thought of reciting and yet reciting to the point that the wind cannot blow through and the rain cannot leak through; rather there is only the thought of reciting the Buddha’s name and nothing else.
Therefore it is said, recite the Buddha’s name continuously, reciting without a break. The mouth recites Amitabha and makes things of a piece. This happens when one’s recitations continue one after another, without stopping. When extraneous thoughts do not arise, one attains samadhi. If you don’t give rise to false thoughts, there is mindfulness, or proper perception. That is *samadhi.”
∗Samadhi: “a state of deep meditative contemplation which leads to higher consciousness.”