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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

1.   The most precious thing in the world is life itself. Without a healthy body and a long life, all the riches in the world hold no meaning for you. Conversely, if you could buy back life, you would pay a fortune to do so, for life is the most precious thing in this world. The most tragic thing in the world is to take a life. Therefore, as we recite the Buddha’s name to protect ourselves from calamities, to increase our blessings and extend our lives, we must also refrain from taking lives. We should strive to protect the lives of all sentient beings.

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Master Jingzong

Dharma Master Jingzong

   The Sutra of Ten Rebirths states:

 

If there are sentient beings who recite the name of Amitabha Buddha, aspiring for rebirth,
That Buddha will send forth twenty-five Bodhisattvas to safeguard the practitioners.

 

       'That Buddha' refers to Amitabha Buddha, who 'dispatches' or sends these twenty-five Bodhisattvas for protection. Not only does the Buddha come to their aid, but numerous Bodhisattvas come as well......

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Master Jingzong

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.......

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Master Jingzong

Infinite Life Sutra, as Spoken by the Buddha

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Wake Up Call: Your Name Spoken Thirty-six Times

By Master Zhisui

The three principal sutras in the Pure Land school are The Infinite Life Sutra, The Contemplation of Infinite Life Sutra and The Amitabha Sutra. Of these, the Amitabha Sutra holds immense significance despite its concise length of just over a thousand words. It occupies a crucial position in the Pure Land teachings and, indeed, among all Dharma teachings. It represents the essence of the three Pure Land sutras......

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