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 Huijing1.Attributes of the Pure Land School of Buddhism - Worldly Truths 1.Be reverential and trusting towards Amitabha Buddha, and compassionate and understanding to other people. In our deportment, we should be modest and amiable. 2.Be sincere and scrupulous in your relationships. Avoid evil and cherish good. Be an upstanding citizen by showing civic-mindedness and respecting the law. 3.We should feel that our foolishness and capacity for wrongdoing exceed those of others, and that we aren’t qualified to argue with them.
Dharma Master JingzongOften we hear people say: “I know it is essential to recite the Buddha-name. But I would like to study other Dharma ways first. I will concentrate on nianfo at the end of my life. Well, at least he has the notion of nianfo. Unfortunately, he does not know what “end” means.
Amitabha Buddha's Appearance and Guidance
03 The Three Patriarchs of the Pure Land School
An American Catholic Daughter-in-Law Assisted the Rebirth of Her Father-in-Law by Reciting Namo AmituofoBy Jarrod Li
Dear Master Jingben, I am writing to share with you an experience of mine. My name is Jarrod Li, and I am 57 years old from Pingtung, Taiwan. After graduating from National Taiwan University, I went to the United States in 1989 to study for a master’s degree. I married an American (Lucilla Li), who is Catholic, and settled down in the States. I currently manage the branch of a German company in Shanghai. We usually go back to the States for holidays in July and December and return to Taiwan for the Chinese New Year. ……more
- 01. An American Catholic Daughter-in-Law Assisted the Rebirth of Her Father-in-Law by Reciting Namo Amituofo
- 02. Attributes of the Pure Land School of Buddhism - Worldly Truths
- 03. The Commentary on the Treatise of Rebirth
- 04. The Amitabha Sutra Spoken by the Buddha
- 05. The Contemplation Sutra Spoken by the Buddha