This work presents a translation of the Amitabha Sutra, a seminal text of Pure Land Buddhism, along with a translation of a commentary on the sutra by the eminent seventeenth century Pure Land Master Ou-i. It is appropriate to introduce the translations with a few words on the general nature of the Buddhist teachings and the specifics of Pure Land Buddhism, and a brief note on the life and times of Master Ou-i himself, and the moment in Buddhist history in which he worked.
Buddhism: Skill in Means
Buddhism has taken on many diverse forms during its two and a half thousand year history, but none has been more influential than Pure Land Buddhism. The special methods and techniques of Pure Land Buddhism are specifically designed to enhance the spiritual focus of all people. Pure Land practices can be integrated into the daily work and family life of anyone of any age, no matter what their circumstances, no matter how pressed they are for time, no matter what their karmic entanglements. For this reason, Pure Land Buddhism has always been immensely popular wherever it has been propagated, and has been the most widely practiced form of Buddhism in East Asia for the past thousand years and more.
According to the basic principle of Buddhist teaching, the principle of skill in means, it is essential that any presentation of the Buddhist message be adapted to the needs and capacities of the particular people to whom it is being offered. From the Buddhist point of view, then, it is not only perfectly legitimate, but absolutely necessary, that Buddhism should have taken on so many forms during its long history.
.PURE LAND BUDDHISM
IN A NUTSHELL
.INTRODUCTION (J.C. Cleary)
Commentary on the Amitabha Sutra
Essence of the sutra
Explanation of the text
Appendix. Avatamsaka Sutra:
Vows of Samantabhadra
The Remarkable Events of Dhyana Teacher To-Lun
The History & Paleography of Mauryan Brahmi Script
Philosophy Of Hindu Sadhana
The Hevajra Tantra
Sources Of Chinese Tradition Sources Of Chinese Tradition
The Serpent Power
Early Indian Religious Thought