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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.
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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.
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By Dharma Master Huijing
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.
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Master Huijing

Dharma Master Huijing

The core of Mahayana Buddhism is compassion and empathy; its purpose is to deliver all sentient beings to buddhahood. These ideals are fundamentally reflected in Amitabha Buddha’s vows. It can be said that the essence and vitality of Mahayana Buddhism reside within Amitabha Buddha, and Amitabha Buddha encompasses all of Mahayana Buddhism.


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Master Jingzong

Dharma Master Jingzong




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Master Jingzong

Amitabha Buddha's Appearance and Guidance




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Master Jingzong

Let's learn to Love

I 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.


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