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 Huijingmore
Dharma Master Jingzong
Question: How can I develop unwavering faith in Dharma? Why does my faith falter? What should I do?
Amitabha Buddha's Appearance and Guidancemore
Commentary on the Treatise on Rebirth in the Pure Landmore
A Poem on Longing for Home｜May I Grow Old Gracefully in the Buddha’s LightBy Master Jueyue
Lustful men and envious women, desiring a lifetime together
Entwined in passion, how long will it last?
Though sworn to grow old together,
part they must when their affair has passed.
Sweet talk only gives a moment’s joy,
No one knows what lies ahead, true love rarely stays.
The say their bond is deep and strong,
When love is gone a heartache alone remains.
Vows of everlasting love we made,
Till death do us part.
- 01. How to Cultivate Unwavering Faith in the Dharma
- 02. Words of Exhortation Concerning Nianfo
- 03. Plant a Sandalwood Tree in Our Hearts - Its Fragrance will Waft through the Trichiliocosm
- 04. A Poem on Longing for Home｜May I Grow Old Gracefully in the Buddha’s Light
- 05. Learning the Buddha’s Teachings to Reshape Our Minds and Thoughts