Dear Students of Enlightenment,
If you are able to meditate at least 20 minutes every day, what a
wonderful gift you are receiving and giving!
But if not, do not worry, for you can always practice "Mindfulness
of the Buddhas" at any time throughout the day or night. One way to
practice "Buddha-Mindfulness" is to chant "AMITABHA" (Infinite Light).
To practice chanting "Amitabha" is a gift of support to you from all
Enlightened Ones. And it is also a gift you are giving to all
suffering beings. To meditate, or to chant, is always a gift that you
are both receiving and giving simultaneously. The same is true of the
prostration practice of bowing, which is Buddhist yoga. All spiritual
practice is both a gift we receive as well as give at the same
Every Buddha creates a field of enlightened energy, called a
"Buddha-kshetra" or Pure Land. It is a field of energy that is
available to support any and all suffering beings. We can access this
Buddha-field through meditation or chanting, through "Mindfulness of
the Buddhas." As we access the Pure Land through chanting "Amitabha"
for example, then eventually we become so one with the Pure Land that
our every thought, word and action becomes a manifestation and channel
of the Pure Land, here and now, on the Earth. We become the access
points of the Buddhas' Pure Land on Earth. Therefore, this practice
of chanting "Amitabha" is both a receiving and a giving. We receive
spiritual energy from the Buddhas every time we chant "Amitabha," and
we become a channel of spiritual support to suffering beings in our
world every time we chant "Amitabha." We receive and we give with
every mindful breath, every mindful step, every mindful chant, every
mindful bow. Receiving and giving are the very in-breath and
out-breath, the very heart, of our true spiritual life.