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 HuijingThere was a Brahman, a foolish man, but his wife was a Buddha reciter and very wise. The Brahman liked killing animals and had a voracious appetite for meat. His wife urged him to study Buddhism and recite Buddha’s Name. He said he didn’t have the wisdom needed to recite Buddha’s name. His wife took advantage of his love for her and demanded: “Every night before bedtime, we will recite Buddha’s Name together,” she continued: “if you refuse, how can I consent to any of your requests? Man and wife are like love birds flying wing to wing, sharing likely minds and similar desires, and working together.” Her husband reluctantly agreed; after that, every night, he beat the singing bowl and recited Buddha’s Name.
Dharma Master JingzongThis is a good question with self-awareness. “Alienation” is “a feeling of distance and isolation.” For instance, two apples or a table and a chair are separate objects. Aren’t they alienated? But, unlike human beings, material things do not have feelings.
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