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 Huijing
According to Confucius’ commentary on the I Ching, the Responding hexagram (the KUN hexagram) says that: “The moral person is a person who is yielding and submissive, yet steadfast in abiding to ethical principles.” It means that a noble and moral person should be gentle but stick to the right path and not just follow the herd, and this will bring him good fortune. This is how a moral person should conduct himself.......
Dharma Master Jingzong
Question: Can assisted recitation help a person at life’s end, who is in the Bardo state, to gain a vision of Amitabha Buddha? Can that person be immediately reborn?
Answer: Whether or not a person is reborn immediately depends upon that person.......more
Amitabha Buddha's Appearance and Guidancemore
A03 A General Guide to the Pure Land Schoolmore
A Poem on Longing for my Homeland in My Old Age: The Buddha Thinks of Me while I Recite his NameBy Master Jueyue
In a world that’s ever-changing,
if I can make it to old age,......
- 01. A Poem on Longing for my Homeland in My Old Age: The Buddha Thinks of Me while I Recite his Name
- 02. If My Heart is Really with Sentient Beings
- 03. At Sixty We Become Tolerant of Things Not Pleasing to the Ears
- 04. Can Assisted Recitation Help a Dying Person to See the Buddha and Attain Immediate Rebirth?
- 05. Reciting Namo Amituofo is Not Difficult