Jikan wrote:Of course nembutsu is always an option for everyone. There are specific formal nembutsu practices that are taken up by ordinands under particular circumstances, but to the best of my understanding anyone who wants to try nembutsu is free to do so.
I must say that this has proven to be an excellent method for me, as a layperson, without yet having met a Tendai teacher face to face.(But thanks to those who have helped me so far
I started out with a shikantaza/walking nembutsu practice (outdoors), walking roughly for the same length of time as sitting.
Now, when I sit for the first portion of my practice, instead of 'just sitting', I find myself silently reciting the nembutsu, in co-ordination with my breathing.
In the short time that I've practiced, I can already see the immense benfits of doing so.
Namu Amida Bu