Introduction to Pure Land Buddhism
Welcome to the Amitabha
Web site. This site is designed to introduce English-speaking
people to the Pure
Land school of Buddhism -- the largest school of Buddhism
in East Asia, but one that has received little attention up to
now in the West.
Interesting things you'll find at this site
- Sutras and commentaries that can help you learn about
the teachings of the Pure Land School. Some Sutras and
commentaries, such as the Amitabha Sutra and various works by teachers of
Buddhism -- are presented in full. Longer texts -- such as
The Infinite Life Sutra and the Contemplation
Sutra -- are presented in excerpt or summary form.
To help you track down the full texts of works that are not
presented in full in these pages, we've provided a list of
Pure Land Learning
Centers where more publications can be found, plus
addresses and Internet addresses of publishers of Buddhist
materials and a comprehensive Bibliography.
- Lectures, articles, and and excerpts of articles written
by Pure Land Masters including Master Chin
Kung, Professor Li Ping-Nan, and Pure Land Patriarch Yin
- Articles explaining the fundamentals of Buddhism. Understanding
Buddhism , a basic text by Master Chin Kung,
is currently being translated into English and is being
published in these chapter by chapter, as translation
continues. If you're new to Pure Land Buddhism, also be sure
to read the page titled "The
- Chants, recitations, and prayers that are often used in
Pure Land Buddhism (see the page titled "Chants
and Recitations.") You can download and play a Namo
Amitabha ("Praise to Amitabha") chant by clicking the
button near the top of the left-hand column on this
This is an independent site. Although its author
is a student of Pure Land Buddhism, it is not affiliated with
any organization, institution, or commercial endeavor. Many of
the texts presented on this site were originally published by
(and are available from) The Amitabha
Buddhist Society; The Buddha Educational
Foundation in Taipei, Taiwan; and the Corporate
Body of the Buddha Educational Foundation in Taipei. Other
materials that are presented or referred to in these pages
were originally published by the Dharma Realm Buddhist
Association; the Numata Center (http://www.slip.net/~numata);
and other Buddhist organizations. For more details on these
organizations, see the Pure Land Centers page and the Glossary.
Like most Web sites, this site is in a constant
state of construction. Additions and corrections are
constantly being made, and new material is constantly being
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