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PURE LAND BUDDHISM

Pure Land Practice

Practice and study are complementary. We practice to calm the mind so our innate wisdom will arise. We study to understand the principles, and to better understand why we practice.


Pure Land Buddhism

The Pure Land school of Mahayana Buddhism is widely practiced in Asia. Though still in its formative years in the West, its roots extend all the way to ancient India.



Chanting

The simplest way to practice Pure Land is by chanting "Amituofo." Amituofo is the name of Amitabha Buddha in Chinese. In Sanskrit it is Amitabha Buddhaya. It does not matter whether we chant in Chinese, Sanskrit, or any other language as long as we do it properly.  

Thoughts from Great Master Yinguang


Thirteenth Patriarch of Pure Land Buddhism.


Forms of Practice

To begin our practice, we put our hands together, palm to palm in front of our heart. Fingers are also placed together, without any space between them. Elbows are slightly bent. Eyes are focused on the tips of the middle fingers and the head is tilted slightly down. This position is used to express respect and is called hezang in Chinese. Besides being used to symbolize a mind without wandering thoughts, it is also used to express the oneness of the true nature.



Truly Mindful,

Great Master Yinguang


The Pure Land school focuses on the cultivation of a pure mind.

When the mind is pure, the land will be pure. The connection

between us and Amitabha Buddha of the Western Pure Land

lies in a pure mind.  



~ Essence of the Infinite Life Sutra  ~


To be truly mindful of Buddha Amitabha
and give up attachments to the body,
the false mind, and worldly affairs
is
great giving.




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