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
From sensing the suffering in the Saha world, we recite Amitabha’s name naturally and continuously.
One whose aspiration for rebirth is sincere does not need to be prodded or encouraged by others to recite, but wants to, because he knows that the Saha world is false and upside down. Only the Land of Ultimate Bliss and Amitabha Buddha are real and worthy of pursuit and contemplation. Under such circumstances, reciting Amitabha’s name is the most valuable thing in his life, not a successful career, high societal status, or a happy family. All the glory and wealth in the world are only the results of people’s karma, while the pain and pleasure are all temporary. So, the Saha world is considered essentially a place of suffering, even with happiness. Therefore, Amitabha name reciters decide to completely forgo suffering and attain happiness in the Land of Ultimate Bliss. With such a mindset, he will naturally recite Amitabha’s name, which is the right karma of assured rebirth in his land; such a person will be reborn for sure.……more
Dharma Master Jingzong
Q: How should people deal with adversity according to the Buddha's wisdom?
A: The Buddhist approach is different from the approach of ordinary people. The latter, when encountering hardships and dangers, usually try to run away from the situation or bulldoze through it blindly. Or they get angry and bitter. This is the general reaction of ordinary people. However, according to the teachings of the Buddha, if you encounter adversity or a perilous situation, you should know that this is simply the consequence of your past karma ripening now. In this way, you will be able to face the problem with equanimity, accepting that this is what you deserve. With every cause must come an effect, and there is no effect without a cause, which invariably is your own doing. Therefore, the first thing to learn is to grin and bear it.......more
Amitabha Buddha's Appearance and Guidancemore
A03 A General Guide to the Pure Land Schoolmore
Like Snowflakes Falling into a Burning Furnace, Doubts About Rebirth Are Instantly EliminatedBy By Master Zongdao
When people think their karmic transgressions are so enormous that, as the saying goes, “the entire space of the cosmos cannot contain them,” two worries arise: first, “How can I be reborn in the Pure Land with such heavy karma?”, and second, “Even if I did, wouldn’t it require much hard work to cultivate merit and virtue?”……
- 01. The Basic Mindset of Amitabha Name Reciters
- 02. Like Snowflakes Falling into a Burning Furnace, Doubts About Rebirth Are Instantly Eliminated
- 03. Exhorting the Karmically-Connected to Hear the Buddha’s Compassionate Deliverance
- 04. Month of Ghosts? No, A Month of Auspiciousness!
- 05. How to Deal with Adversity According to Buddhist Wisdom