Shandao (Shan-tao) | Works & Life

Master Shandao

1. Shandao's life Shandao ( Shan-tao , 613-681) was born at Suzhou in the present Anhui Province (according to another tradition, Zhucheng in the Shandong Province ). When young, he entered the priesthood and devoted himself to the study of the Larger Sūtra of Amit ābha and the Vimalakīrti Sūtra . One day he saw a painting of the Pure Land , which led him

Shandao | Biography

Shandao | Biography Shandao (613–681) was an eminent Buddhist scholar and major figure in the Chinese Pure Land ( Jingtu ) movement. His writings had a strong influence on later Pure Land masters including Hōnen and Shinran in Japan. Shandao ( Shan-tao , 613-681) was born at Suzhou in the present Anhui Province (according to another tradition, Zhucheng in the Shandong Province ) and was

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

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