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 HuijingAccording to the scriptures of Pure Land Buddhism, the Land of Ultimate Bliss is situated in the western part of the cosmos. Why? It provides a clear destination that reassures the mortals’ faith of rebirth in that land, and after rebirth, we will attain perfect enlightenment, and our dharma body will permeate the worlds of the ten directions.
Dharma Master JingzongThose who are seriously ill should keep reciting Amitabha Buddha, and seek not recovery but rebirth in the Land of Ultimate Bliss. As our life is limited, praying for recovery is useless if our time has arrived and may bind us in samsara since we do not desire the rebirth in the Buddha-land. If we pray for rebirth, we may not die if it is not yet the time. It may speed up the recovery of the illness since Buddha recitation induces the Buddha’s blessing that eliminates our karmic obstacles. If it is our time, we will be reborn in the Land of Ultimate Bliss and attain Buddhahood, precisely what we desire.
Amitabha Buddha's Appearance and Guidance
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.
The Life and Death Issue Could be Resolved if One Has the Yuan to Meet Amitabha BuddhaBy Venerable Zhisui
You may have heard some seemingly unbelievable stories. For example, at a road section where there had been frequent car accidents, once a stone tablet carved with “Namo Amitabha Buddha” was set up, the spirits who died from car accidents near that stretch of road would be liberated, and the section would not have any more car accidents. This is because where there is Buddha’s name, there is Buddha-light that delivers sentient beings indiscernibly.more