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 HuijingAs Master Shandao says, there are “primary practice” and “miscellaneous practice” in Pure Land Buddhism. By undertaking primary practice, we are 100% certain of being reborn in the Pure Land’s Realm of Rewards. Among miscellaneous practitioners, however, only one or two out of a hundred, three or five out of a thousand, will do so. Rebirth in the Realm of Rewards will be hard. You are doing miscellaneous practice.
Dharma Master JingzongWe should respectfully believe in the compassionate deliverance of Amitabha Buddha and accept it. Having understood Amitabha’s great, compassionate love, we should show kindness and consideration towards other suffering beings. Like us, they are mired in the cycle of rebirth within the Three Realms. We should recognize that we ourselves are iniquitous ordinary beings, subject to endless rebirth. We ought to maintain a humble and agreeable attitude.
What Xinzhang SawIn the summer of 1994, Qiu Yongchang and his wife took their grandson Xinzhang for Amitabha-recitation at the home of their neighbor, Xu Qinggui. Xinzhang recited loudly and earnestly. His childish voice impressed everyone there. After a while, Xinzhang suddenly told his grandmother, who was sitting next to him, “Grandma, I saw Amitabha Buddha teaching inside a golden house.”His grandmother replied, “A child should never lie.” “Grandma, I′m not lying,” Xinzhang insisted. “I really saw Amitabha Buddha.”
Buddhism in China: Past, Present and FutureSince its introduction into China two millennia ago, Buddhism has been accepted, digested, absorbed and transformed to nourish the spirit of the nation, providing sustenance to the Chinese soul. Such disciplines as philosophy, religion, culture and the arts have all been deeply influenced by Buddhism. Its impact was profound on the worldview, outlook on life, and values of the Chinese people.
Kate's AmitabhaBy Kathryn Farrall
What does AMITUOFO "mean? Today people say "AMITUOFO" as a way of saying "Hello", "goodbye," "Thank you," and "Sorry." When we say "AMITUOFO", our hearts will become gentle. The belief is that we can only solve problems when our hearts are gentle and our minds are at peace. Then we can spread goodness to other by using our loving kindness and begin to bring peace to our world.How do you reach the Pure Land? There are three rules to get there. They are faith, aspiration and practice. Faith is a strong belief in AMITUOFO's power to lead us to the pure land. Aspiration is working hard to reach the pure land, through good deeds. Practice is chanting "Namo Amituofo" to bring peace and learning. The pure land is a place with no suffering. It is a kind of heavenly country. This is a place where people can be reborn and live in joy!Who is Amitabha? Amitabha is the principal Buddha of the Pure Land.more