Category Archives: Pure Land

Five Fundamental Practices

If a good man or woman performs the Five Fundamental Practices and has accomplished them, he or she will eventually attain birth in the Pure Land of Bliss and see Buddha Amideva. What are the Five Fundamental Practices? They are: … Continue reading

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Five Fundamental Practices

In his Treatise on the Pure Land, Arya Vasubandhu set forth five fundamental practices for birth in the Pure Land: 1.    Honoring Amideva through bowing and making offerings; 2.    Proclaiming and praising Amideva’s Vows, and extolling His virtues; 3.    Generating … Continue reading

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Serene Trust

As I think of the great ocean of serene trust in the Vow of Buddha Amideva, I find it makes no distinction between the noble and the humble, between monastic and lay. It does not distinguish between male and female, … Continue reading

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Essential and Auxiliary

There are some who say, “The statement that by recitation of the Holy Name of Amideva one may be born in the Pure Land is an example of a temporally displaced intention. Rebirth may refer to a birth many lifetimes … Continue reading

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Without Doubt

Some teachers hold, “Because ordinary persons are not found in Sukhavati (the Pure Land), the present ordinary persons in this world will not be born there, despite their efforts.” This will harm sentient beings, for it gives rise to error … Continue reading

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Bits of Rubble Turned into Gold

Buddha Amideva, in his Bodhisattva stage, Made the universal Vow:   When beings hear my Name and think of me, I will come to take them to my land.   I shall not discriminate at all Between the poor and … Continue reading

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Tibetan Buddhism and the Pure Land

There is a strong (and unfounded) belittling of Pure Land teachings and practice in the Western understanding of Tibetan Buddhism. Perhaps this is due to the dominant position of academics and nihilists in ‘western’ Buddhist circles, although there has been … Continue reading

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