There may be some meditation or prayer which is pointed outward only and in the same dimension in some Buddhism or in some Christianity. However, I understand that true Buddha's meditation or Jesus's prayer is pointed inward and outward and in the both dimensions (the phenomenal and the noumenal world) at the same time. Meditation or prayer requires an object. Because the object of mind is the projection of mind, it can't be objective if ego is the subject. However, if true self is the subject, the object of mind is no longer the projection of mind without views, perceptions, attentions, so it can be objective. True self can touch the true nature of reality as it is. True self is a Buddha nature or Divine nature, not a person. This nature is our true nature and everyone and everything (all animals, plants and minerals) is already enfolding it. Buddhists call it "aimlessness" which means that we are already what we are looking for. So, true Buddha's (Thay's) mindfulness will bring about this.
I understand that the first "Attention" means concentration and the second "attention" means views, or ideas of "Attention must be placed upon that which is placing attention". Views, or ideas cause separation, or discrimination, or duality. Therefore, we have to throw away all views, or ideas to transcend the duality. However, we must not destroy our ego because true self and ego are interdependent co-arising. If we remove our ego, true self is also removed. They are two sides of the same coin.
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