The practitioner sits in a semi-cross-legged position, his or her face turned to the north. The soles of the feet face upward, the right hand is underneath, and the left hand is above. The two arms straighten simultaneously, the two palms face-up, below the navel, and on the mid-calf of the legs.
The practitioner sits in silence with a purely still mind for a few minutes and then begins to pray to the Buddhas (using the Lesson of Praying to the Buddhas). Each Buddha’s appellation is prayed ten times. If the practitioner has not memorized this lesson yet, he or she can pray to only one appellation, Namo the Pure King Buddha, for about fifteen minutes. Praying with the mind is the best way (the mind’s praying is performed silently in one’s thoughts). After finishing, the practitioner makes a bow.