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 HuijingEveryone’s intelligence, social standing, and roots and dispositions are different. On a circumstantial ground, there are men and women, old and young, renunciants and laypersons. As far as nianfo is concerned, all these differences are irrelevant. Everyone should practice nianfo according to his or her roots and dispositions: recite the Buddha’s name often if you have the time, less if you do not. One thing we all do the same is nianfo as frequently as our time permits.
Dharma Master JingzongOur true eternal life depends not on daily food but on the Amitabha Buddha’s fundamental vow and his powerful name. Without the Buddha’s compassionate light, no matter how bright the sunshine is, it may not break the darkness in our minds. Without the enlightened life bestowed upon us by the infinite light and infinite life, we may forever be entrapped in samsara, worthless like the walking dead.
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.
The Life and Death Issue Could be Resolved if One Has the Yuan to Meet Amitabha BuddhaBy Venerable Zhisui
- 01. The Life and Death Issue Could be Resolved if One Has the Yuan to Meet Amitabha Buddha
- 02. Nianfo According to Your Own Roots and Dispositions
- 03. Out of a Thousand Mistakes, Never Make This One!
- 04. An Offering to the Buddha with a Borrowed Painting: Spring blossoms first in the Land of the Ignorant
- 05. Why Are There So Many Obstacles to the Preaching of Buddha Deliverance in the Dharma-Ending Age?