Pure Land Buddhism (simplified Chinese: 净土宗; traditional Chinese: 淨土宗; pinyin: Jìngtǔzōng; Japanese: 浄土仏教, Jōdo bukkyō; Korean: 정토종, jeongtojong; Vietnamese: Tịnh Độ Tông), also referred to as Amidism in English, is a broad branch of Mahāyāna Buddhism and currently one of the most popular traditions of Buddhism in East Asia. Pure Land is a branch of Buddhism focused on Amitābha Buddha. The term is used to describe both the Pure Land soteriology of Mahāyāna Buddhism, which may be better understood as Pure Land traditions, and the separate Pure Land sects that developed in Japan; in other countries and times, it formed part of the basis of Mahāyāna Buddhist traditions.
Pure Land oriented practices and concepts are found within basic Mahāyāna Buddhist cosmology, and form an important component of the Mahāyāna Buddhist traditions in China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, and Tibet. In Japan, however, Pure Land Buddhism also became an independent school in its own right as can be seen in the Jōdo-shū and Jōdo Shinshū schools.
... Mandalas have sometimes been used in Pure Land Buddhism to graphically represent Pure Lands, based on descriptions found in the Larger Sutra and the Contemplation Sutra ... Unlike mandalas used in Vajrayana Buddhism, it is not used as an object of meditation or for esoteric ritual ... Instead, it provides a visual pictorial of the Pure Land texts, and is used as a teaching aid ...
... Rev Taitetsu Unno is a scholar, lecturer, and author on the subject of Pure Land Buddhism ... one of the leading authorities in the United States on Shin Buddhism, a branch of Pure Land Buddhism ... He has published extensively on the subject of Pure Land Buddhism, his most famous works include Shin Buddhism Bits of Rubble Turn Into Gold River ...
... Tibetan Pure Land Buddhism has a long and innovative history dating from the 8th-9th centuries CE, the times of the Tibetan Empire, with the ... Tibetan compositions of pure-land prayers and artistic renditions of Sukhāvatī in Central Asia date to that time ... Tibetan pure-land literature forms a distinct genre (Tib ...
... Pure Land Buddhism is a broad branch of Mahayana Buddhism and is said to be one of the most popular schools of Buddhism in Vietnam, in which practitioners commonly recite sutras, chants and ... While Pure Land traditions, practices and concepts are found within Mahayana cosmology, and form an important component of Buddhist traditions in Vietnam, Pure Land ...
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