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Nembutsu/niànfó/calling on Amitābha
OK, another ocpd question from His OCPDness...
For Pure Land of Amitābha followers, is there a specific reason to use any particular mantra, or is it a personal preference? For example:
Namo Amitābha Buddha; Namo Amituofo (I know this is the Chinese version); Namo Amitābha ; Namo Amitabhāya Buddhāya; Namo Amitabhāya; and so on.
I find the 6 syllable mantras Namo Amituofo and Namo Amitābha, and even the 8 syllable Namo Amitābha Buddha easier to establish a rhythm with, especially if I draw out the 'o' in namo. I have a recording of Nam Myoho Renge Kyo, which of course it being Nichiren I don't recite, but the rhythm is... well, rhythmic.
So I'm wondering if there's any "rule".