Of the various forms of Buddhism that developed after the demise of the historical Buddha in 480 B.C., Mahayana (the "Great Vehicle") became the dominant tradition in East and parts of Southeast Asia. This broad area encompasses China, Korea, Vietnam and Japan, among other countries. In time, a number of schools arose within Mahayana Buddhism in accordance with the capacities and circumstances of the people, the main ones being the Zen, Pure Land and Esoteric schools. Among these schools, Pure Land has the greatest number of adherents, although its teachings and methodology are not widely known in the West.
- What Is Pure Land? (Van Hien Study Group)
- Introduction To Pure Land and the Amitabha Sutra (J.C. Cleary)
- Introduction To Pure Land (J.C. Cleary)
- Buddhism of Faith and Wisdom / Horizontal Escape: Pure Land Buddhism in Theory and Practice (Dharma Master Thich Thien Tam)
- Mind-Seal of the Buddhas (Commentary on the Amitabha Sutra, by Grand Master Ou-i)
- On Amidism(Grand Master Tan Hsu)
- Pure Land Teachings of Master Chu-hung
- Pureland Practice (Upasaka Li Ping Nan)
The supreme and endless blessings of Samantabhadra's deeds,
I now universally transfer.
May every living being, drowning and adrift,
Soon return to the land of LimitlessLight!The Vows of Samantabhadra, Avatamsaka Sutra