Pure Land | Writings

Tannishō by Yuienbō, also known in English translations as Passages Deploring Deviations of Faith or A Record in Lament of Divergences is one of the most significant religious and philosophical works in Pure Land tradition of Buddhism, in so called Shin Buddhism. The first part of the book consists of Yuienbō’s personal recollections of the words of Shinran himself. The second part gives Yuienbō’s own

Shinran Shonin (1173-1263) composed three volumes of verses (wasan) in Japanese, namely - Jōdo Wasan, Koso Wasan and Shozomatsu Wasan. This is the first volume of the inspiring and guiding verses of Master Shinran named - Jōdo Wasan. These songs celebrate the essence of Jōdo Shinshū (Shin Buddhism or Pure Land Buddhism). They touch upon every facet of the spiritual life, and the Pure Land

This is the second volume of the inspiring and guiding verses of Master Shinran named - Koso Wasan. It represents the verses dedicated to the 7 great Buddhist Masters of the past which Shinran Shonin considered the foremost Patriarchs of Pure Land Buddhism and teachers of "Faith Alone" concept propagated afterwards by Jōdo Shinshū tradition. Koso Wasan comprises the following 5 chapters: Nāgārjuna Bodhisattva ,

This is the Third Volume of the inspiring and guiding verses of Master Shinran named - Shozomatsu Wasan. Here we find ourselves in the present situation of a Buddhist and simply - a human being: far from the influence of the Buddha, living in dark and confused times. Shinran Shonin (1173-1263) composed three volumes of verses (Wasan) in Japanese, namely - Jōdo Wasan, Koso Wasan

Discourse on the Sūtra of Eternal Life And Gāthā of Aspiration to Be Born in the Pure Land Composed by Bodhisattva Vasubandhu (India, ca. 400 C.E.). The Bodhisattva, by entering the four types of Gates, perfects the self-benefiting practices. The Bodhisattva, by departing through the fifth Gate, perfects the practices of benefiting others through the transference of merits. The Bodhisattva will accomplish self-benefit and benefiting-others

The Path of Easy Practice | by Bodhisattva Nāgārjuna from The Ninth Chapter of the Discourse on the Ten Stages (Translated from Chinese by Hisao Inagaki) The Path of Difficult Practice and the Path of Easy Practice To the practitioners of Mahāyāna, the Buddha said: To make vows and seek the Path to Buddhahood is a task harder than lifting the whole universe. Just as

The Twelve Adorations of Amida Buddha was written by Bodhisattva Nagarjuna (c. 2nd –3rd CE), the first of the Seven Patriarchs of Jōdo Shinshū Buddhism. It expresses eloquently the depth of Nagarjuna’s gratitude to Amida Buddha, whom he regards and venerates as a true and real Buddha. Before Amida Buddha, whom Devas and men worship, I humble myself in deepest reverence. In His wondrous Land

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,

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

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