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  Pure Land - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Pure Land Buddhism (Chinese: 净土宗, Jìngtǔzōng; Japanese: 浄土宗, Jōdoshū; Vietnamese: 净度宗, Tịnh Độ Tông), also known as Amidism, is a branch of Mahayana Buddhism and currently one of the most dominant schools of Buddhism in East Asia.
Pure Land Buddhism is based upon the Pure Land sutras first brought to China circa 150 by the Parthian monk An Shih Kao and the Kushan monk Lokaksema, which describe Amitabha, one of the Five Wisdom Buddhas, and his heaven-like Pure Land, called Sukhavati.
In esoteric Vajrayana Buddhism, Amitabha's Western Pure Land is the counterpart to Akshobhya's Eastern Pure Land, or Abhirati.
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 Pure Land - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-05)
The Pure Land school first became prominent with the founding of a monastery upon the top of Mount Lushan by in 402.
Today Pure Land is the dominant form of Buddhism in Japan, China, and Taiwan.
While recognized especially by the Japanese Shingon sect, the Eastern Pure Land is not the object of popular veneration in the same manner as the Western Pure Land.
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 Simulating Pure Land Space
The glories of the Pure Land are described in the Pure Land sūtras (scriptures) and represented in paintings and sculpture.
The Pure Land was the religious goal of significant numbers of Japanese Buddhists in the late Heian period who expressed an intense longing for birth in the Pure Land after death—a place devoid of desire that, paradoxically, was fervently desired.
Pure Land simulation masqueraded as an actualization of the Pure Land, a religious goal accessible to everyone regardless of social class (itinerant monks had begun preaching this starting at least a century earlier).
www.cwru.edu /artsci/rlgn/deal/aar2002/pure_land_space.htm   (6169 words)

Conventionally, the Pure Land is regarded as an intermediary stage from which it becomes possible to realize enlightenment.
Beings who are born in the Pure Land find themselves in the perfect circumstance in order to hear and practice the Excellent Dharma (saddharma).
Pure Land practice in the Tendai is mainly based on Shan-tao’s views, namely birth in the Pure Land through recitation of the nembutsu “Namu Amida Butsu”, an easy yet efficient self-power practice, totally in accordance with the Shorter Pure Land Sutra (Amida Kyo).
www.akshin.net /pureland/pl-purelandbuddhism-partone.htm   (2764 words)

 Pure Land
The beings in Pure Land, cultivate themselves with pure mind, therefore the major condition for beings who want to go to or stay in Pure Land is to purify their mind, when mind is purified then all the causes of becoming three evil paths will be destroyed totally.
The Pure Land practitioners although are doing their level best for delivering from the circle of transmigration and becoming Buddha, but the first step or first goal for the Pure Land practitioners is to beseech rebirth in Pure Land.
WHEN the Pure Land practitioners start out a decision of leaving this Saha world of impermanence, then all their thinking, thoughts, and actions are for the purpose of perceiving the Pure Land truth, the deeds which lead to birth in the pure land, and devoting their merits to the Pure Land.
www.purifymind.com /PureLand.html   (9354 words)

 Writings - Japanese Pure Land Buddhism
Pure Land Buddhism is believed to have started around the beginning of the 2nd century as one of the Mahayana movements amongst those Buddhists who gathered at stupas of the Buddha.
It is composed of important passages to do with birth in the Pure Land, culled from sutras, catras and sub commentaries and framed in the form of questions and answers.
At the age of 66 (1198), as censure of his Pure Land school began to become more severe, Honen set forth the Senjaku-hongan-nembutsu-shu at the request of the Regent, Fujiwara Kanezane (1149-1207), to be read by only a few of his closest disciples.
www.threewheels.org.uk /writings_section_files/writings_talks_files/talks_12.htm   (4316 words)

 Pure Land Buddhism. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-05)
According to the Pure Land Sutras, composed in India in the 2d cent.
He broke with Honen’s followers on these issues and became the leader of the True Pure Land Sect, which grew to be the largest Buddhist sect in Japan.
The numerous representations of Amitabha with his attendant bodhisattvas and the depictions of hell testify to the influence of Pure Land Buddhism on Chinese and Japanese Buddhist art.
www.bartleby.com /65/pu/PureLand.html   (382 words)

 Pure Land   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-05)
Pure Land is a theology designed to help believers attain Sukhavati (or the Buddha land) in only one lifetime.
An important element of Pure Land is the existence of multiple Buddhas.
The sincerity of the chant is an important element of the Pure Land doctrine, mere pronunciation of the name alone will not hasten a follower to enlightenment.
mcel.pacificu.edu /as/students/vb/PURELAN.HTM   (337 words)

 Realization of Pure Land Practices
The land where ordinary people and sages live together is meant for the nine grades (beings are divided into nine grades according to their development in the previous and present lives) who are lotus born.
The land of non-hindrance as true reward is meant for Bodhisattvas of equal enlightenment from the eighth stage to the eleventh stage.
I prostrate wholeheartedly to the land of convenience and the land where ordinary beings and sages live together, to Buddha Amitabha, to the emancipation perfection body, and to all Buddhas from all Dharma Realms.
www.tbsn.org /ebooks/aom/aomch~11.htm   (1790 words)

The growth in publications on Pure Land Buddhism in the 1980s warranted an update of its works in English, particularly since 1983 when the last such comprehensive bibliographies on the field were published.
Tokunaga, Michio: "Sunyata in Pure Land Buddhism." PL n.s.
Tanaka, Kenneth: "Earliest Usage of 'Ta-ching' (Daikyo) and 'Wang-sheng lun' (Ojoron) by a Non-Orthodox Pure Land Buddhist: Its Implication for Chinese Pure Land Buddhism." PW n.s.
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 Amida Nyorai (Tathagata, Buddha) - Japanese Buddhist Deity; Photo Dictionary
In his descent from paradise to lead the faithful back to the pure land, Amida is most often flanked by two bodhisattvas, Avalokitesvara (Kannon), and Mahasthamaprapta (Seishi).
The rapid spread in popularity of the Pure Land sects was a serious challenge to the institutionalized Buddhist monestaries of that day, who responded by condemning Honen and his followers to exile.
Buddhist "Pure Land" (Amida's Paradise) sect, founded in 1174 by Honen (1133-1212) and which teaches that the worship of Buddha, in particular the invocation of Amida's name, leads to rebirth in the Pure Land paradise.
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 Pure Land
WHEN the Pure Land practitioners start out a decision of leaving this Saha (refer to http://maxpages.com/drfu1) world of impermanence, then all their thinking, thoughts, and actions are for the purpose of perceiving the Pure Land truth, the deeds which lead to birth in the pure land, and devoting their merits to the Pure Land.
When the cause of pure karma of pure land practitioners is reaching the mature level, Buddha will give the pure land practitioners this kind of power of light-emitting and lead them to the pure world during the time that pure land practitioners are approaching the end.
Numberless kalpas ago, there was a pure land in this world because of the projection of the causes of good karmas of beings and the cause of responsive incarnation in accordance with the nature or needs of different beings for one of the Buddhas.
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 Pure Land Buddhism
This realm, or Pure Land (also known as the Realm of Bliss) is the result of the accumulated merit of the Bodhisattva Dharmakara, who practiced for eons before becoming the Buddha Amitabha.
Pure Land Buddhism is described as the Path of Serene Trust, or "prasada" in Sanskrit.
The unified practice of Ch'an and Pure Land is the unified practice of Compassion and Widsom.
www.cloudwater.org /pureland.html   (2463 words)

 amidabuddha.org - Pure Land Buddhism and South Florida Buddhist Resources
The Pure Land is described in the Buddhist Sutras Muryoju-kyo, Kanmuryoju-kyo, and Amida-kyo.
The Pure Land is not the final destination - the goal of all Buddhists is to attain enlightenment and freedom from the cycle of birth and death.
To be reborn in the Pure Land is to be given the opportunity to learn the Buddha's teachings directly, without distraction or distortion.
www.amidabuddha.org   (553 words)

 Theravadin and Pure Land Buddhism
Pure Land Buddhism teaches that there are supernatural beings who have compassion with humans and wish to bestow merit upon them, while Theravadin Buddhism teaches that the Buddha has no active influence and that salvation comes through human effort.
And both Pure Land and Theravadin belief systems hold that karma is a true principle that dictates future benefit or punishment due to the merit or demerit of actions.
Pure Land Buddhists agree with Theravadin Buddhists in believing that the way to Nirvana is to act neither for merit nor for demerit, just as the Buddha had taught.
www.eblaforum.org /library/misc/theravadin.html   (1819 words)

 Ekoji Pure Land Group
The land is filled with the lessons of the dharma expounded not only by Amida and his attendants, but also by the very birds and trees, by every object.
Faith in Amida and in the dharma--faith, the equivalent of enlightenment--is a life marked by sincerity; by trust in the truth of karma; and by a profound aspiration to be reborn in Amida's Pure Land.
Amida and the Pure Land are there for people who cannot achieve freedom by the force of their own efforts no matter how hard they try.
www.ekojirichmond.org /Pure%20Land/pure%20land.htm   (590 words)

 Dharma: The Pure Land Tradition   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-05)
The Pure Land tradition is one of the oldest and most influential in Chinese Buddhism.
Chinese Pure Land Buddhism is not a Chinese invention, but instead a crystallization of a tradition of Pure Land thinking already developed in India.
Some of these figures are proponents of Pure Land practice, others contributed important exegesis on Pure Land Sutras, and still others are more important in other traditions, but who worked the idea of the Pure Land into their own teachings.
villa.lakes.com /cdpatton/Dharma/Jing-tu   (274 words)

 Pure Land Buddhism WWW Virtual Library
This began with Tanluan (476-542) but owes its name to Shandao (613-681) who empasized the pratice of chanting the Buddha's name as the sufficient condition to be born in the Pure Land.
This syncretism caracterizes later Pure Land Buddhism in China (as well as in Indochina and Korea), trough the works of masters such as Yongming (Yanshan, 904-976), Yuanzhao (Lingzhi, 1048-1116) and Yunqi (Zhuhong, 1535-1615).
From the establishment of the Tendai school at the begining of the Heian period (794-1185), "Pure Land teaching" (Jodo-kyo) spread to the aristocracy under the influence of the master Genshin (942-1017).
www.pitaka.ch /vlpl.htm   (998 words)

 Pure Land
O Bao Tich, you should know that the straight mind is the pure land of Bodhisattvas, the pure consciousness is the pure land of the Bodhisattvas, (and) the Enlightened mind is the pure land of the Bodhisattvas.
Keeping the precepts for themselves and not criticizing the weakness of others are the pure land of Bodhisattvas.
O Bao Tich, if Bodhisattvas want the Buddha's land to be pure, they should purify their mind.
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 Pureland Cultivation
Within this pure mind one develops an aversion for the suffering of the Saha world, brings forth the vow to go forth to rebirth, and peacefully nourishes one's establishment of the correct practice of mindfulness-of-the-buddha.
If one gathers together pure companions with whom to carry on the same cultivation, based on their individual resolve and wishes, each person could select a single contemplation from among the sixteen contemplations.
As for the true cause of the Pure Land, there is nothing which lies outside of this.
www.kalavinka.org /jewels/hanshan/p-land01.htm   (1135 words)

 Simhanada--- Buddha Amitabha and Pure Land Buddhism
In the Pure Land, the journey toward enlightenment is smooth and easy because there is none of the suffering, defilement, or delusion that so often blocks spiritual progress.
The Pure Land is not an eternal abode or a heaven.
One important feature of Pure Land Study is its acknowledgment that attaining rebirth in the Pure Land is the major step forward on the ultimate journey toward eventual enlightenment.
www.simhas.org /pureland.html   (838 words)

 Pure Land and Shin Society, Directory   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-05)
Pure Land Buddhism: The Path of Serene Trust Key concepts and origin of Pure Land Buddhism.
PURE LAND - Journal of Pure Land Buddhism The only international journal of Pure Land Buddhism in existence since 1984.
Pure Land and South Florida Buddhist Resources This site is dedicated to Jodo Shu, Pure Land Buddhism, as taught by Honen Shonin.
www.wacofdn.org /d2RjXzI4NTgx.aspx   (726 words)

 Amazon.com: Books: Interpreting Amida: History and Orientalism in the Study of Pure Land Buddhism (S U N Y Series in ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-05)
Amstutz clearly demonstrates how the sources of Western and Eastern misunderstanding of Pure Land Buddhism have been engendered, both consciously and unconsciously, by orientalist assumptions current in scholarly understanding of the history and practice of Pure Land Buddhism.
Pure Land Buddhism was the largest traditional religion in Japan.
The faulty appreciation of Pure Land Buddhism is one of the leading world examples of a counterproductive orientalism that restricts rather than improves cross-cultural communication.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0791433102?v=glance   (558 words)

 Center Profile: Ekoji Pure Land Group   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-05)
Ekoji's Pure Land Group is the original core of the temple.
No longer purely Jodo Shinshu in orientation, the retirement of Rev. Tsuji in 1999 and the growth in Chinese-American membership starting in 1989 has resulted in a re-orientation toward Chinese Pure Land approaches, while still retaining significant elements of Americanized Jodo Shinshu Buddhism.
The Pure Land group is Ekoji's most racially integrated group.
www.pluralism.org /research/profiles/display.php?profile=72570   (383 words)

 Property and land   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-05)
Property, land and derelict buildings are unclaimed in their thousands across the UK Is there some in your town?
Did you know that there are thousands of unregistered, unclaimed and unwanted plots of land, property and buildings in the UK, sitting there rotting away unused, forgotten and abandoned simply waiting for people to legally claim them for themselves.
Due to the changes in the UK Land Registry Act 2003, there are now legal processes in place to help you claim unregistered and abandoned land and property to claim as your own!
www.land-property-grab.com   (425 words)

 Pure Land   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-05)
This whole idea of the pure land is cool.
On a different note, Pure land Buddhism really reminds me of Protestant Christianty, where mere faith in a being is sufficient to reach Nirvana.
The whole Protestant idea of being "saved by faith", and not by works is very comaparable to the Pure Land thought.
www.class.uidaho.edu /ngier/_disc2/000001b8.htm   (133 words)

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