My precious guru, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, has started to write out the long mantra from the Amitayus long life sutra each day as an exercise for his right hand which is recovering from stroke. He explained the benefits of writing the long mantra, both for purification and to collect merits.
Rinpoche wanted to offer this to students of Amitabha Buddhist Centre with his heartfelt love and thanks for all the prayers that have been dedicated for his health. He signed off, saying, "This was written by my right hand, to show progression due to your kind prayers and dedication. 20 Nov 2011."
Thank you, Rinpoche! May I see you real soon!