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"The word nien-fo (Buddha Recitation) is originally a Chinese translation of the Sanskrit compound Buddhanusmrti, meaning 'the recollection or the bearing in mind (anusmrti) of the attributes of a Buddha.'
This feature plants Buddhanusmrti firmly within the mainstream of Mahayana Buddhist practice, connecting it with the meditations on emptiness that we more often associate with the Perfection of Wisdom and other less devotional traditions of Buddhist scriptures."
'In the Nikayas, the Buddha ...advised his disciples to think of him and his virtues as if they saw his body before his eyes, whereby they would be enabled to accumulate merit and attain Nirvana or be saved from transmigrating in the evil paths.'" D.T.Suzuki, The Eastern Buddhist/Vol 3, No 4 : 317