Presently, the definition of meditation is rather vague, and some Buddhist temples refer to meditation as simply sitting quietly.
The correct meaning of meditation is to wholeheartedly think of Amida Buddha and the Pure Land as taught by Shakyamuni Buddha in Meditation Sutra.
To practice true meditation, we are encouraged to engage in five deeds, known as five right practices, while turning all your thoughts toward Amida Buddha. They are:
(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: Placing 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.
We are recommended to follow the five right practices every morning and evening. To do so, it is important to have a Buddhist altar and the correct object of reverence.
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