Pure Land Buddhism - Saving Grace of Buddha Amida

Praise of Amida Buddha | T'an Luan

Gāthā in Praise of Amida Buddha San Amida Butsu Ge by Master T'an Luan (Jp. Donran) (476-542). From the time Amida became a Buddha Till the present, ten kalpas have elapsed; The Dharma Body's Light boundlessly Shines on the darkness in the world. Immeasurable is the Light of Wisdom; So the Buddha is called 'Immeasurable Light'. All limited beings are blessed by the Light. Hence,...

Master Tao-ch'o

From the First Volume of An-le-chi by Master Tao-ch'o. We are now in the age of the final Dharma [Jp. "Mappo"], that is, the evil world of the five defilements. The Gateway of the Pure Land is the only one through which we can pass to enlightenment. According to the holy teaching of the Mahāyāna, it is actually because they have been unable to cast...

Gatha of Refuge by Master Shan-tao

KISAMBOGE Gatha of Refuge in the Three Jewels from Commentary on the Contemplation Sutra by Master Shan-tao. All Buddhas, as numerous as the sands of the Ganges, by a full bright spectrum of their mystic powers affirm Amida’s teaching delivered by Shakyamuni Buddha as the Ultimate Gate called the Pure Land. Let all monks and laymen gathered here awaken the mind of highest aspiration! How...

The Parable of the White Path | Master Shan-tao

The Parable of the White Path | with Commentary by Master Shan-tao. That is the parable and this is the meaning of it: what we speak of as the "east bank" is comparable to this world, a house in flames. What we speak of as the "west bank" is symbolic of the precious land of highest bliss. The ruffians, wild beasts, and seeming friends are...

Master Genshin buddhism

Yokawa Hogo | Master Genshin It is a cause of great happiness that, among all living beings, we have escaped from the 3 lower realms and have been born human. Though one's station in life may be low, it is not worse than animal existence; though poverty stricken, it is not like the land of the hungry ghosts; though we experience pain in our hearts,...

17 Poems of Master Hōnen

17 Poems of Master Hōnen. If from Buddha Amida My heart its col'ring gains, It will be like the beauteous boughs In autumn's crimson stains. Above the thatch of my mountain home The white clouds morning and evening hover. Ah! When shall the hour of that day come That the Birth in Amida's Pure Land purple me shall cover? Ten times Amida's Name shall pass...

One-Page Testament | Hōnen Shonin

One-Page Testament | Hōnen Shonin (Dictated 1212 C.E.) "The method of final salvation that I have propounded is neither a sort of meditation, such as has been practiced by many scholars in China and Japan, nor is it a repetition of the Buddha's name by those who have studied and understood the deep meaning of it. It is nothing but the mere repetition of the...