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
As the saying goes, “A good beginning makes a good ending.” As we start the new year, let’s begin it well by getting into the habit of starting the day by reciting the name of Amitabha Buddha every morning. Beginning the day with Amitabha-recitation means that the Buddha is with us all day long, whether we’re working or resting. Amitabha is there to protect us, bless us, avert disasters and turn adversity into good fortune. This helps us to conduct ourselves in a manner appropriate to our roles, and to fulfill our virtuous aspirations.......more
Dharma Master Jingzong
Objects A and B, connected by a rope, demonstrate a simple principle: if B isn't secured, A's fall will drag it down too. But if B is anchored, it can support A, preventing its fall and eventually rescuing it.......more
Journey to the Pure Land: A Mother’s Devotion to Amitabha-recitation
My mother, Lin Shen Ai, was born on January 22, 1934. She lost her parents at a young age and was raised by her elder brother. She married my simple but honest father under an arranged marriage, and gave birth to three sons and a daughter. My father (Elder Lin Yu) had depression and mental illness in his 30s, having suffered from prolonged bullying by his boss. The heavy burden of making ends meet for the whole family fell solely on my frail mother.......more
Commentary on the Treatise on Rebirth in the Pure Landmore
Bridging the Gap Between Ordinary Beings and Amitabha BuddhaBy Master Zhisui
The distance between the mind of an ordinary being and that of the Buddha seems vast and infinitely unreachable; yet those minds are also close, mere moments away, or even at no distance at all.......