Going Home to the Pure Land
The Western Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss
In this land there is a Buddha named Amitabha, who is now speaking the Dharma.
Amitabha Buddha is helping all who are truly sincere in their vows to be reborn there.
It is best and effective to mindfully visualize the image of Amitabha Buddha while you are chanting or reciting the Amitabha Sutra.
Buddha images serve to convey the feeling of calmness to overcome wandering thoughts and negative emotions. The Buddha's serene appearance sets an example of purity, equality, and enlightenment to all beings.
You can click on the image and download a picture for your use.
This site is intended to introduce all beings to the sutra of "Buddha Speaks of the Amitabha Buddha", which is one of the Five Pure Land Sutras commonly practiced in Pure Land Buddhism.
The Pure Land School of Buddhism has five important sutras that are imperative for practitioners to learn, recite, and understand the Pure Land Doctrine.
It is recommended to spend time everyday on chanting the Pure Land sutra (pick one from the five Pure Land sutras you like most and stick with it), as well as chanting the Buddha-name of Amitabha Buddha. Such daily practices concentrate our minds on the learning, deepen the understanding, and emphasize on the cultivation at the same time.
What are the Five Pure Land Sutras?
1. The Amitabha Sutra [Full sutra text]
See also "Commentary of the Amitabha Sutra" [Full commentary] by Grand Master Ou-i, an excellent resource that provides us the essence of the Pure Land method.
2. The Infinite Life Sutra (Buddha Speaks of the Infinite Life Sutra of Adornment, Purity, Equality, and Enlightenment of the Mahayana School) [Sutra Excerpts] or [Full sutra text (Chinese)]
3. The Visualization Sutra [Full sutra text]
4. The Chapter of the Practices and Vows of Bodhisattva Samantabhadhra from the Avatamsaka Sutra [Full sutra text]
5. The Chapter on Mahasthama Bodhisattva's Mindfulness of Amitabha to Universally Realize Samadhi from the Surangama Sutra [Full sutra text]
Every time we practiced Buddha-name chanting or sutra recitation, we dedicate our merits and virtues accrued from our practices to adorn the Pure Land, repay the Four Kinds of Kindness above, and relieve the suffering of those in the Three Paths below.
The site For the Sake of All Beings, which is dedicated to all beings who want to learn how to end their sufferings in one lifetime, provides more information on Pure Land Buddhism, Principles and Cultivation, Three Learnings, Three Refuges, Five Precepts, and Six Paramitas.
By continuously practicing (Amitabha) Buddha-name chanting, the ultimate goal is to seek the help of Amitabha Buddha to be reborn in the Land of Ultimate Bliss at the end of this lifetime!