Chanting of the divine names has been common practise for more than a thousand years. Devotees who partake in this practice find it useful to attune their soul-mind and train their body-mind to be mindful of the true purpose of life in The Way.
Some people like to practice this form of meditation while visualising that they enter the bodhisattva state, and have Amithaba settle in the crown chakra, as Lord Avalokitesvara is portrayed. Most devotional services include some chanting of the divine names.
Wayism does not prescribe or proscribe any particular method or technique of chanting, meditation or song. Wayist teachers in sangha are trained in particular styles and techniques but truly, the one that works best for you is the best way there is. Devotees and devotional communities are encouraged to explore and share their experiences.
Below, we will take a brief look at some of the mantras that are both ancient and in popular use.
Note, the Sanskrit word nama is the root of the greeting namaste and may mean homage to, or hail! or glory to!
The oldest Amitābha mantra that we know of dates to the end of the 1st century. This mantra is oṃ amitābha hrīḥ. From this usage, over the ensuing ages sprouted various other versions. “Namo Amida Butsu”, the Nianfo. The Nianfo was popularized by the (Japanese & Chinese) Shin sect. It is a version of Namo Amitābha Buddha. This chanting style for the Divine names of our Father is popular with western Wayists.
This link illustrates a classic rendition: Amida Buddha Chant
A Tibetan version of the Sanskrit: OM AMIDEWA HRIH - AMITABHA MANTRA
Namo Amitābha This link takes one to a unique Chinese language chant: 나무아미타불(3시간),南無阿彌陀佛(3時間),Amitabha Buddha Mantra(Namo Amituofo)
Think link illustrates a more classic approach: Namo Amitabha~Pure Land Buddhist Meditation
This link visits a more conventional rendition: Namo Amituofo! 南无阿弥陀佛
Meditating on the Trinity in Sanskrit Namo AmitābhaNamo AvalokitesvaraNamo Mahāsthāmaprāpta Meditating on the Trinity in Chinese Nama Amitoufu 南无阿弥陀佛 Nama Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa 南无观世音菩萨Nama Da Shi Zhi Pu Sa 南无大势至菩萨 Nama Jing Qing Da Hai Zhong Pu Sa -Paying Homage to all Bodhisattva from the Pure Land南无清净大海众菩萨
The following link goes to one Chinese version of the chant: Pure Land, Pure Mind -Words of wisdom -amtbweb