Welcome to the English-language website of the Pure Land school.Our aim is to introduce to international audiences the teachings and practices of Pure Land Buddhism according to the lineage of Master Shandao (善導大師, 613-681) of Tang Dynasty China.
Master Shandao, long revered in East Asia as an incarnation of Amitabha Buddha, is universally acknowledged as the de facto founder of the Pure Land school of Buddhism. Grounding his teachings in the three Pure Land sutras preached by Shakyamuni Buddha, he urged practitioners to aspire to rebirth in the Land of Bliss by reciting the name of Amitabha Buddha exclusively.
After the Charter, it is necessary to be familiar with the school’s founder, for the former is based on the teachings of the latter.
The founder occupies a preeminent position in the school, unmatched by others. The founder of the Pure Land school was Master Shandao of the Tang Dynasty, widely accepted as an incarnation of Amitabha Buddha. He synthesized and completed the Pure Land teachings and wrote the Five Works in Nine Fascicles, which definitively laid down the thought and practices of the Pure Land tradition.
English translation by Householder Jingtu
A “charter” outlines the principles characteristic of a Dharma school and sets forth guidelines for practice by its adherents.
The Pure Land Charter was drafted by Dharma Master Huijing. It serves as a manifesto for the Pure Land school, summarizing its evolution over more than a millennium, up to the present day. The Charter consists of 18 clauses defining the essential elements of the school and clearly lays out its framework.The Pure Land Charter was drafted by Dharma Master Huijing. It serves as a manifesto for the Pure Land school, summarizing its evolution over more than a millennium, up to the present day. The Charter consists of 18 clauses defining the essential elements of the school and clearly lays out its framework.
Dharma Master Huijing
Dharma Master Jingzong“For that reason, this Buddha is called Amitabha.” These are powerful words. Amitabha means immeasurable light. So, what kind of virtuous quality makes him deserve such a title? Because “His radiant light is immeasurable and illuminates without hindrance the worlds of the ten directions. For that reason, this Buddha is called Amitabha.” A Buddha’s title is not arbitrary, or flashy for reputation follows success. Those with real achievements will be known.
A Lotus-Fellow’s Story of Blessing through Nianfo During the Outbreak in WuhanNamo Amitabha Buddha! Hi everyone. My name is Fojing, and I am a Lotus-fellow in Wuhan. Today, I would like to share with you a true story of Nianfo evoking Buddha's response for my family and friends during the COVID-19 epidemic in Wuhan.
Let's learn to LoveI feel deeply that sentient beings, myself included, are pitiful and ignorant. This is a defiled and utterly chaotic world. Living beings, in tens of billions, are bustling around like headless chickens, constantly on the go for nothing. They are all cooped up on this globe but, amazingly, are leading a passable life in general.
Entering the Pure Land With a Feeble and Fragile MindBy Master Zongdao
In Master Shandao’s Praising the Dharma Practices a verse reads: “The incomparable and solemnest Sakyamuni Buddha, hear this request from my fragile mind and please enter my Dharma-site”.more
- 01. Five Virtues of the Sacred Lotus
- 02. Entering the Pure Land With a Feeble and Fragile Mind
- 03. Amitabha Named by Virtue
- 04. The Benefits of Amitabha-Recitation
- 05. An Offering to the Buddha with a Borrowed Painting: On a Return Trip by Boat, I Lost My Way and Entered Deep into the Lake of Lotus