View With Review #6 (p.249,p.259)
View: For Pure Land practice, is there need to practise cessation (止) and contemplation (观) via meditation, with the main method being mindfulness of Buddha’s appearance (相) and virtues (德)?
Review: The Pure Land path does not require practices of cessation and contemplation in the conventional meditative sense, as the thought of renouncing this world is already the key cessation needed, while the Aspiration to reach Pure Land is already the key contemplation needed.
As taught by the Pure Land Tradition’s 9th Patriarch Great Master Ǒuyì (净土宗九祖蕅益大师), the most crucial Pure Land practice linked to Amitābha Buddha, which is the Main Practice (正行) that accords with his 18th vow, is mindfulness of the Buddha’s name (念佛), with profound Faith (深信) and sincere Aspiration (切愿). As mindfulness of his appearance and virtues are more challenging, they can be optional methods as additional Supportive Practices (助行).
Verses On Cessation & Contemplation
The Three Provisions
Mindfulness Of Buddha As Unsurpassable Meditation
Should We Practise Visualisation Of Pure Land (& Amituofo)?
Chán & Pure Land’s Dual Cultivation In The Perfect Penetration Via Mindfulness Of Buddha