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All, please feel free to add to this thread (books, websites, etc.)

Thanks to Astus' for providing some of these reccommendations to me as well.

Academic Texts:

The Pure Land Tradition: History and Development
This new collection includes the latest scholarship on one of the most important strains of Buddhism, the Pure Land Tradition. The essays trace its historical evolution from its origins in India through its development in China to medieval Japan.

Approaching the Land of Bliss: Religious Praxis in the Cult of Amitabha
Approaching the Land of Bliss is a rich collection of studies of texts and ritual practices devoted to Amitabha, ranging from Tibet to Japan and from early medieval times to the present.

The cult of Amitabha is identified as an integral part of Tibet's Mahayana Buddhist tradition in the opening essay by Matthew Kapstein. Next Daniel Getz, Jr., locates the Pure Land patriarch Shengcheng more firmly in a Huayan context and his Pure Conduct society not so much in the propagation of Pure Land praxis but as a means of modifying anti-Buddhist sentiments. Jacqueline Stone's study of the practice of reciting nenbutsu at the time of death gives us an understanding of both the practice itself and the motivating logic behind it. Kakuban--the founder of the one major "schism" in the history of the Shingon tradition--is placed in a typology of Japanese Pure Land thought in James Sanford's study of Kakuban's Amida hishaku. Hank Glassman contributes an essay on the "subsidiary cult" of Chujohime, which derived from the cult of Amitabha but grew to such importance that it displaced the latter as the focus of worship in medieval Japan.

In his examination of "radical Amidism," Fabio Rambelli discusses different forms of Japanese Pure Land thought that constitute divergences from the mainstream or normative forms. Richard Jaffe examines the work of the seventeenth-century cleric Ungo Kiyo, who sought to match his teaching to the needs and capacities of his disciples. Todd Lewis highlights the importance of cultic life and finds traces of the desire for rebirth into Sukhavati in stupa worship among Newari Buddhists. Charles Jones' "thick description" of a one-day recitation retreat in Taiwan provides us with a closer look at how the cult of Amitabha continues in present-day East Asia.

The Syncretism of Ch'an and Pure Land Buddhism (Asian Thought and Culture)
This fascinating book examines the syncretism of Ch'an (Zen) and Pure Land Buddhism in China. It discusses the syncretic character of Chinese culture and Buddhism. The doctrinal basis of the Ch'an-Pure Land syncretism is thoroughly investigated. As Yung-ming Yen-shou (905-975) is the instrumental figure for the promotion and popularization of the syncretism, the book fully examines his thought and influence. Analyzing the two distinctive types of Buddhist experiences, this book is the first on this subject ever published in English.

Visions of Sukhavati: Shan-Tao's Commentary on the Kuan Wu-Liang Shou-Fo Ching
T'ang monk Shan-tao was instrumental in the propagation and popularity of this devotional school. He was an ascetic and serious meditator who followed the techniques of visualization explained in the Sutra on Visualizing Buddha Amita, and his commentary on this text was later considered to be his most outstanding work. Western authors, however, misrepresent Shan-tao because they follow the lead of Japanese Jodo Shinshu masters who deemphasized meditative practices. With the hope that old stereotypes will be dropped, this book lets the Chinese texts speak for themselves.

The Three Pure Land Sutras (Bdk English Tripitaka Translation Series)
This is a Revised Second Edition of translation from the Chinese by Hisao Inagaki. These three sutras make up the most important scriptures of the Pure Land School of Buddhism, which centers around the Buddha of Infinite Light & Life, known in Japanese as the Amida Buddha. [Taisho Tripitaka #360, #365, and #366] [Ch: Wu-liang-shou-ching; Kuan-wu-liang-shou-fo-ching; A-mi-t'o-ching] [Jpn: Mu-ryo-ju-kyo; Kan-mu-ryo-ju-butsu; A-mi-da-kyo]

Land of Bliss, the Paradise of the Buddha of Measureless Light: Sanskrit and Chinese Versions
This is a translation of two Buddhist texts on what is arguably the most popular of all Buddhist conceptions of an ideal world, the "Land of Bliss" of the Buddha Amitabha, the Buddha of Infinite Light. The two texts, known to Western students of Buddhism as the "Smaller" and "Larger" Sukhavatiyuha Sutra, explain the conditions that lead to rebirth in the Pure Land and the manner in which human beings are reborn there

Living in Amida's Universal Vow: Essays on Shin Buddhism
This is the first comprehensive collection of essays on Shin Buddhism by many of the most important Shin scholars and religious authorities of the last one hundred years.

Jodo Shinshu: Shin Buddhism in Medieval Japan
The complex development of Shin Buddhism from its simple beginnings as a small, rural primarily lay Buddhist movement in the 12th century to its rapid growth as a powerful urban religion in the 15th century

Toward a Contemporary Understanding of Pure Land Buddhism: Creating a Shin Buddhist Theology in a Religiously Plural World
Japanese Pure Land thought brought about a major development in Buddhist tradition by evolving a path to enlightenment that is pursued while carrying on life in society. It is rooted in the Mahayana ideal of compassion and in the bodhisattva, or being of wisdom, who vows to ferry all living things to the other shore of awakening. In this book, three Buddhist scholars utilize hermeneutic thought, process theology, and the mandala of contemplation of Buddhism to address issues of modernity and religious values in the world today.

Buddha of Infinite Light: The Teachings of Shin Buddhism, the Japanese Way of Wisdom and Compassion
In this book, based on several lectures he gave in the 1950s, D. T. Suzuki illuminates the deep meaning of Shin and its rich archetypal imagery, providing a scholarly and affectionate introduction to this sometimes misunderstood tradition of Buddhist practice.

Kyôgyôshinshô: On Teaching, Practice, Faith, and Enlightenment (Bdk English Tripitaka Translation Series)
Translated by Hisao Inagaki, the Kyôgyôshinshô is the magnum opus of Shinran Shonin (1173–1262), founder of the Jôdo Shinshu school of Pure Land Buddhism. This work is a collection of three hundred and seventy-six passages from sixty-two sutras, discourses, and commentaries, with Shinran’s own notes and commentary, organized into a coherent and comprehensive explication of the Pure Land teaching.

Tannisho: Passages Deploring Deviations of Faith and Rennyo Shonin Ofumi: The Letters of Rennyo (Bdk English Tripitaka Translation Series)
Tannisho: Translated from the Japanese by Shojun Bando with Harold Stewart. This was written by one of Shinran Shonin's disciples to refute deviations from the true teaching of Shinran Shonin, founder of the True Pure Land Sect (Jodo Shinshu). [Taisho Tripitaka #2661] [Jpn: Tan-ni-sho]

Rennyo Ofumi: Translated from the Japanese by Ann T. Rogers and Minor L. Rogers. This is a collection of 80 pastoral letters written by Rennyo Shonin, the 8th Head Priest of the True Pure Land Sect (Jodo Shinshu). [Taisho Tripitaka #2668] [Jpn: Ren-nyo-sho-nin-o-fumi]

Honen's Senchakushu : Passages on the Selection of the Nembutsu in the Original Vow (Senchaku Hongan Nembutsu Shu (Classics in East Asian Buddhism)
The Senchakushu was transcribed from Honen's oral dictation in 1198. It consists of sixteen chapters and occupies twenty pages in the Taisho canon (T. 83, 1-20; SHZ. 310-350). Each chapter begins with a heading explaining the content of the chapter and then presents quotations from the Pure Land sutras and the works of major Pure Land scholars, followed by Honen's comments and explanations interspersed between and after the various quotes.

Senchaku Hongan Nembutsu Shu, A Collection of Passages on the Nembutsu Chosen in the Original Vow
Translated from the Japanese by Morris Augustine and Tessho Kondo. This is the principle work by Genku, founder of the Pure Land School in Japan, and is the most important single literary work in establishing the Pure Land School as an independent school of Japanese Buddhism. [Taisho Tripitaka #2608] [Jpn: Sen-chaku-hon-gan-nembutsu-shu]

The Promise of Amida Buddha: Honen's Path to Bliss
The Promise of Amida Buddha is the first complete English translation of a seminal collection of writings by the Japanese Pure Land school’s founder, Honen-shonin (1133-1212). The so-called Japanese Anthology (Wago Toroku)collects his surviving short writings composed in Japanese, including letters of exhortation and public pronouncements. The vital writings provide a window into Honen’s life and the turbulent era in which he lived and taught.

No Abode: The Record of Ippen
Ippen (1239-1289) was a wandering "hijiri" (holy man) and religious leader whose movement developed into one of the major schools of Japanese Buddhism. This text presents a translation of all of Ippen's extant writings, including letters and verse, together with records of his spoken words.

Path of No Path: Contemporary Studies in Pure Land Buddhism Honoring Roger Corless
Roger Corless pursued his own path, one he described as a path with heart. This enabled him to bring new perspectives to the study of Buddhism in general and Pure Land Buddhism in particular. Honoring his life and his contribution to the field, this collection brings together ten essays by his colleagues and friends. These articles cover a range of topics, from the practice of Pure Land to its historical transmission and its contemporary interpretation. Contributors include Harvey Aronson, Gordon Bermant, Alfred Bloom, Ruben Habito, Charles Jones, Charles Orzech, Richard Payne, Charles Prebish, James Sanford, and Kenneth Tanaka, as well as a remembrance by one of Corless's students, Arthur Holder. As is only appropriate in memory of a pioneer in the field of Pure Land Buddhist studies, this work itself contributes to the further development of research and interpretation of the tradition.

Shin Buddhism: Historical, Textual, and Interpretive Studies
The Institute of Buddhist Studies, based in Berkeley, California, has for many years received generous support from the Numata family, founder of Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai (Society for the Promotion of Buddhism) and the Numata Center for Buddhist Translation and Research. In 1986 Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai established the Numata Endowment, which has provided support for many guest lecturers and visiting scholars over the last twenty years. In addition, Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai also supports publication of the Institute's journal, Pacific World: Journal of the Institute of Buddhist Studies. It seems fitting, therefore, to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the establishment of the Numata Endowment with the publication of this collection of exemplary essays from Pacific World.

Plain Words on the Pure Land Way
Published by Ryukoku University in 1989, Plain Words on the Pure Land Way is a collection of sayings that guided the lives of wandering monks in medieval Japan. Long appreciated for their incisiveness and immediacy, these sayings provide a vivid glimpse into the thought and experience of people who dedicated themselves to the nembutsu¿the utterance of the Name of Amida Buddha¿during the tumultuous period when it first emerged as a way to enlightenment available to all. This collection is highly regarded not only as a document revealing the spirit of the nascent Pure Land path before the rigid division into doctrinal schools, but also as an important example of the literature of the recluse's thatched hut (soan bungaku) and of Buddhist writings in the vernacular (kana hogo). Japanese text included.

Letters of the Nun Eshinni
Eshinni (1182-1268?), a Buddhist nun and the wife of Shinran (1173-1262), the celebrated founder of the True Pure Land, or Shin, school of Buddhism, was largely unknown until the discovery of a collection of her letters in 1921. In this study, James C. Dobbins, a leading scholar of Pure Land Buddhism, has made creative use of these letters to shed new light on life and religion in medieval Japan. He provides a complete translation of the letters and an explication of them that reveals the character and flavor of early Shin Buddhism. Readers will come away with a new perspective on Pure Land scholarship and a vivid image of Eshinni and the world in which she lived. After situating the ideas and practices of Pure Land Buddhism in the context of the actual living conditions of thirteenth-century Japan, Dobbins examines the portrayal of women in Pure Land Buddhism, the great range of lifestyles found among medieval women and nuns, and how they constructed a meaningful religious life amid negative stereotypes. He goes on to analyze aspects of medieval religion that have been omitted in our modern-day account of Pure Land and tries to reconstruct the religious assumptions of Eshinni and Shinran in their own day. A prevailing theme that runs throughout the book is the need to look beyond idealized images of Buddhism found in doctrine to discover the religion as it was lived and practiced. Scholars and students of Buddhism, Japanese history, women's studies, and religious studies will find much in this engaging work that is thought-provoking and insightful.

Renegade Monk: Honen and Japanese Pure Land Buddhism
Opening with the destruction and chaos that beleaguered Kyoto during Honen's lifetime, Soho Machida explores Honen's social context to discover the roots of his thought and the source of his popularity. The Old Buddhist regime had a stranglehold on peasants, he shows, by concocting images of vindictive spirits, hell, and an apocalyptic collapse of the law in these chaotic times. Machida asserts that when Honen countered such negative, menacing images by focusing his imagination on the Pure Land and actually affirming death, he became not only a radical thinker but also the leader of a revolutionary social movement; a medieval Japanese "liberation theology."

Rennyo and the Roots of Modern Japanese Buddhism
Rennyo Shonin (1415-1499) is considered the "second founder" of Shin Buddhism. Under his leadership, the Honganji branch grew in size and power, becoming a national organization with great wealth and influence. Rennyo's success lay in conveying an attractive spiritual message while exerting effective administrative control. A savvy politician as well as religious leader, ennyo played a significant role in political, economic, and institutional developments. Though he is undeniably one of the most influential persons in the history of Japanese religion, his legacy remains enigmatic and largely overlooked by the West. This volume offers an assessment of Rennyo's contribution to Buddhist thought and the Honganji religious organization. A collection of 16 previously unpublished essays by both Japanese and non-Japanese scholars in the areas of historical studies, Shinshu studies, and comparative religion, it is the first book to confront many of the major questions surrounding the phenomenal growth of Honganji under Rennyo's leadership. The authors examine such topics as the source of Rennyo's charisma, the soteriological implications of his thought against the background of other movements in Pure Land Buddhism, and the relationship between his ideas and the growth of his church. This collection is an important first step in bringing this important figure to an audience outside Japan. It will be of significant interest to scholars in the fields of Japanese religion, Japanese social history, comparative religion, and the sociology of religion.

The Origins and Development of Pure Land Buddhism
In this book, Mark Blum offers a critical look at the thought and impact of the late 13th-century Buddhist historian Gyonen (1240-1321) and the emergent Pure Land school of Buddhism founded by Honen (1133-1212). Blum also provides a clear and fully annotated translation of Gyonen's Jodo homon genrusho, the first history of Pure Land Buddhism.

Charisma and Community Formation in Medieval Japan: The Case of the Yugyo-Ha, 1300-1700
The Yugyô-ha achieved success by basing its religious authority on a combination of Pure Land mysticism and the practices of fundraising hijiri. Between 1300 and 1700, the Pure Land Buddhist religious order known as the Ippen school Yugyô-ha (later the Jishu) established itself as the leading representative of nembutsu propagation in Japan. The theme of the order's history is the development of religious authority as a result of the struggle to normalize relations among the official head, sometimes obstreperous religious, and often interfering (usually warrior) lay patrons. This study demonstrates the value of the articulation in organizational studies of Weber's concept of charisma as a successful social relationship as well as that of a chosen career determined by culture and tradition. Indeed, the success of the Yugyô-ha was due to its ability to seize on the advantages of combining the principles and practices of two existing traditions, Pure Land mysticism and the fundraising hijiri movement.

Interpreting Amida: History and Orientalism in the Study of Pure Land Buddhism
The author shows that Pure Land Buddhism, despite a Mahayana Buddhist philosophical basis, has paralleled the social and political qualities associated with the Judeo-Christian tradition. It has variously been threatening to mainstream Westerners, uninteresting to Westerners seeking the exotic, and disagreeable to cultural brokers on all sides who want to depict Japanese culture as radically opposed to the West. The faulty appreciation of Pure Land Buddhism is one of the leading world examples of a counterproductive orientalism that restricts rather than improves cross-cultural communication.

Shinran's Gospel of Pure Grace
Now in its ninth printing, this book by Prof. Alfred Bloom is the best-selling volume in the AAS Monograph Series.

Cultivating Spirituality: A Modern Shin Buddhist Anthology
Cultivating Spirituality is a seminal anthology of Shin Buddhist thought, one that reflects this tradition's encounter with modernity. Shin (or Jodo Shinshu) is a popular form of Pure Land Buddhism, the most widely practiced form of Buddhism in Japan, but is only now becoming well known in the West. The lives of the four thinkers included in the book spanned the years 1863-1982, from the Meiji opening to the West to Japan's establishment as an industrialized democracy and world economic power. Kiyozawa Manshi, Soga Ryojin, Kaneko Daiei, and Yasuda Rjin, all associated with Kyoto's Otani University, dealt with the spiritual concerns of a society undergoing great change. Their philosophical orientation known as "Seishinshugi" ("cultivating spirituality") provides a set of principles that prioritized personal, subjective experience as the basis for religious understanding.
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Japanese Pure Land Buddhism Comics and Animation:

Jodo Shu:

Just As You Are: The Manga Biography of Pure Land Master Honen Shonin
Using the popular, comic book form, or manga as it has become popularized in Japan, this volume offers an entertaining and easy way to enter Honen's world and teachings. From the shock of his father's assassination to his trials as a young monk in search of the way to his revolutionary teaching of the Buddha s way for all to his final illumination in Birth in the Pure Land (ojo), the visual and visceral power of the manga form brings Honen's experiences to life.

Jodo Shinshu:

Shinran: An Illustrated Biography
The biography of Shinran Shonin with illustrations by Rieko Yuda.

Jodo Shinshu Anime:

Shinran-sama: Negai, Soshite Hikari (His Wish and Light)
The life story of Jodou Shinshuu founder Shinran.

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Nosta wrote:Thank you very much for such precious links. :namaste:
Your welcome! :smile:
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Pure Land Buddhism Blogs:

Venerable Wu Ling - A Buddhist Perspective
A student of Venerable Master Chin Kung, became a nun in Texas in 1997 and received full ordination in Taiwan. From 1998 to 2001, lectured in Singapore and Malaysia. In 1999, appointed Head of the Silent Voices translation team. Relocated to Australia in 2001 and became Teacher of the Amitabha Buddhist Retreat Centre in Nanango, Queensland. In 2004, became Director of the Amitabha Buddhist Retreat Centre and appointed Vice President of the Pure Land Learning College Association Inc. in Toowoomba, Australia.

Books include How Will I Behave Today and the Rest of My Life?, Everything We Do Matters, In One Lifetime: Pure Land Buddhism, Awaken to the Buddha Within, and path to peace. Edited and contributed to Heart of a Buddha.

The European Buddhist
Written by our very own Admin, Astus. A great blog on Chan, Pure Land and general East Asian Buddhism.

Japan: Life and Religion
A well written blog by a Jodo Shu practitioner

Amida-Ji Retreat Temple Romania
Jodo Shinshu blog written by Josho Adrian Cirlea: I’m a priest not a saint. I do not teach morals and I’m not a good example for anybody, not even for myself. All I teach is faith in Amida Buddha, the way of easy practice to be followed by those of inferior capacity.

Musings on the Pure Land
Jodo Shinshu blog

Blathering Nonsense
A collaborative Jodo Shinshu blog

Echoes of the Name
Echoes of the Name is a co-operative blog focusing on existential enquiry, contemplative practice, and intercultural dialogue.

Pure Land Breezes
Pure Land Breezes is a satellite blog to Echoes of the Name

Echo of the Dharma - A Bilingual Blog on Shin Buddhism
Written by Toshikazu Arai - Professor Emeritus of Soai University in Osaka, Japan. Ph.D. in history (University of Hawaii), Ordained Minister of Jodo Shinshu

Dharma in Africa
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Master Hui Re is dedicated to teaching Buddhism to all who wish to learn. Starting with the basic teachings common to all sects of Buddhism, the master will give instructions in Ch'an and Pure Land Buddhism. Ch'an, or Zen, is quite well know in the West. However, Pure Land, sometimes called the Buddhism of wisdom and faith, is the most common practice in the East and is now beginning to come West. In South Africa it is taught only at Nan Hua Buddhist Temple and ACA
Master Hui Re's Biography

Pu Zhao Chan Si Temple America
Buddhist name: Seng Zhuan Zhong,Born in Indonesia, and went to USA in 1998. Become a Buddhist monk in 2008 in China and the transmitting precept is Grand Master Guang Xuan who is the Abbot of Pu Zhao Chan Si Temple headquater in Singapore. Established Pu Zhao Chan Si Temple America in March,2010.
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Chinese Pure Land

Member plwk provided these links in this post:

http://www.dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.ph ... t=0#p26507" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

I recommend this: Buddhism of Wisdom and Faith

From the Chinese Mahayana Pure Land Tradition:
It's the 5 Sutras & 1 Sastra for Pure Landers: http://www.amtb-usa.org/eabs1-1.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

A. The Threefold Pure Land Sutras:
The Buddha Speaks on Amitabha Sutra: http://cttbusa.org/amitabha/amitabha.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

The Buddha Speaks on the Larger Amitayus Sutra:
Old Translation: http://web.mit.edu/~stclair/www/larger.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Modern Translation: http://buddhistfaith.tripod.com/purelan ... s/id2.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

The Buddha Speaks on Visualization of Amitayus Sutra:
Old Translation: http://web.mit.edu/stclair/www/meditationsutra.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Modern Translation: http://buddhistfaith.tripod.com/purelan ... s/id5.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

B. Pure Land Exhortation Sutras:
Pratyutpanna Samadhi Sutra: http://www.sutrasmantras.info/sutra22.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Chapter 40 Avatamsaka Sutra: http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/samantabhadra.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
Shurangama Sutra: Mahastamaprapta's Insight: http://www.sutrasmantras.info/sutra08.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

C. Vasubandhu's Commentary:
http://www12.canvas.ne.jp/horai/jodoron.htm" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Other Classical/Modern Commentarial/Story Links as below:
Pure Land Pure Mind
Mind-Seal of the Buddhas
Pure Land Zen, Zen Pure Land
Pure Land of the Patriarchs
Pure Land Buddhism:Dialogues with Ancient Masters
Ten Doubts about the Pure Land
Introduction to the Pure Land 1
Introduction to the Pure Land 2
The Amitabha Sutra and the Pure Land School
Commentary on the Infinite Life Sutra
Sutra & Commentary on the Amitabha Sutra
Commentary on the Amitabha Sutra
Foundations of Ethics and Practice in Chinese Pure Land Buddhism
Pure Land Dharma Talks
Buddha Recitation Session Talks
Records of the Pure Land
Entering the Lotus Land at Ease
A Lotus Flower Blossoms Under Each Step
Amitabha Buddha Recitation

Liturgical aspirations to the Three Sages of Sukhavati: Amitabha Buddha, Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva and Mahastamaprapta Bodhisattva:
http://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=43&t=192" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=43&t=176" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=43&t=199" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
http://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=43&t=195" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Good work Gordo! Many excellent resources.

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Jñāna wrote:Good work Gordo! Many excellent resources.

All the best,

Thanks Geoff....still lots of work to do in this thread, so any help is much appreciated. :smile:
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Je Tsongkhapa's prayer for rebirth in Amitayus' Dewachen:

http://www.jamyang.co.uk/documents/Pray ... havati.pdf" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Another one, based on G. Kilty's version:
by Guru Tsong Khapa


Glorious conqueror, lord of Sukhavati, pure realm exalted by every buddha, Protector Amitayus, Guru of men and devas, grant with the power of the victorious Buddha the nectar of immortality to every living being.
Great Guru, like the moon on a cloudless night reflected in the clear waters of countless different receptacles, you appear simultaneously in differing manifestations to untold numbers of fortunate beings. Such is your form.
In an instant you dispel entangled webs of doubt from the minds of countless disciples, and in unceasing discourse and exposition you open wisdom eyes to the truth. Such is your speech.
Perfect wisdom reaching out to everything, swayed by compassion for all beings, protecting them from fears of samsara and nirvana with love, wisdom and power, yet unstirred by any sign of effort. Such is your mind.
Like the sun streaming across the open sky, millions upon millions of realms are filled with the limitless light of your dazzling form, a joyous treat for my fortunate eyes.
As dragon-like thunder is music to the peacock's ears, so to hear your voice is to engender great bliss, as its Brahma-like melody adorned with rich qualities falls upon my ears like nectar.
Like clouds disappearing into the sky, cognition absorbs into emptiness' sphere and your highest of minds, stilled of all fabrication, stops all concept-driven projections of my mind.
Your qualities, their limits hard to find, even if buddhas spoke of them for endless eons, are well beyond my powers of description.
You remain, therefore, an unending treasure of qualities, every root of every fault forever destroyed. No other guru compares with you, sole refuge for all living things.
I pray my Protector, when this life fades, to be reborn in that highest of realms, formed from your vast prayers, famed and renowned as Sukhavati, realm of bliss, where even names of sufferings remain unheard. There, to take birth within the celestial lotus flower, arising unhindered among its thousand petals, to behold your form, to be sated by your words, and having heard from you, Protector, the sounds of the Mahayana, may I do as Avalokiteshvara and Vajrapani have done, and free those sunk in swamps of existence.
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Thank you Gordo.
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I've attached to this post the book:
"Buddhism of Wisdow and Faith"

ITS A FRIENDLY USER VERSION of that same ebook (that you can find on some websites). This means that you can add notes, jump quickly between sections and continue your reading where you leave it. It was a long work adding the hyperlinks in the document! But now i think its ok. The only thing not totally worked yet its the Glossary and Index but thats not much necessary for a smooth reading.

The file is a rar but inside the document itself its Word.

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I have a few books to add too.

The Essential Shinran, A Buddhist Path to True Entrusting
http://www.amazon.com/Essential-Shinran ... al+Shinran
Edited by Alfred Bloom
Renowned scholar Alfred Bloom presents the life and teachings of Shinran Shonin, the founder of Shin (or Pure Land) Buddhism, the most populist form of Buddhism in Japan, drawing extensively on the writings of this influential Japanese religious reformer.

Honen The Buddhist Saint: Essential Writings and Official Biography
http://www.amazon.com/Honen-Buddhist-Sa ... hist+Saint
Joseph A Fitzgerald
This book is a real gem. I couldn't help but finish it the same day I started. Has a very devotional rather scholarly feel.

Pure Land, Pure Mind: The Buddhism of Masters Chu-hung and Tsung-pen
http://www.amazon.com/Pure-Land-Mind-Bu ... +Pure+Mind
Translated by J. C. Cleary

Finding Our True Home: Living in the Pure Land Here and Now
http://www.amazon.com/Finding-Our-True- ... +True+Home
Thich Nhat Hanh
Thich Nhat Hanhs take on Pure Land. Includes a translation of the Smaller Amitabha Sutra.

Rennyo: The Second Founder of Shin Buddhism
http://www.amazon.com/Rennyo-Founder-Bu ... the+second
Minor Rogers
Translates and discusses the letters of Rennyo "the second founder"of Shin Buddhism.
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Mr. G wrote: I recommend this: Buddhism of Wisdom and Faith
Unfortunately, that website doesn't exist anymore. But here is the web archive for it:

http://web.archive.org/web/200812051519 ... F/bwf0.htm
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Luke wrote:
Mr. G wrote: I recommend this: Buddhism of Wisdom and Faith
Unfortunately, that website doesn't exist anymore. But here is the web archive for it:

http://web.archive.org/web/200812051519 ... F/bwf0.htm
The website is up and running, they just reorganised things: Buddhism of Wisdom & Faith: Pure Land Principles and Practice
1 Myriad dharmas are only mind.
Mind is unobtainable.
What is there to seek?

2 If the Buddha-Nature is seen,
there will be no seeing of a nature in any thing.

3 Neither cultivation nor seated meditation —
this is the pure Chan of Tathagata.

4 With sudden enlightenment to Tathagata Chan,
the six paramitas and myriad means
are complete within that essence.

1 Huangbo, T2012Ap381c1 2 Nirvana Sutra, T374p521b3; tr. Yamamoto 3 Mazu, X1321p3b23; tr. J. Jia 4 Yongjia, T2014p395c14; tr. from "The Sword of Wisdom"
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There is the ebook if you prefer. Just download it (its free) and you can read it offline.
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Are there any English books on Yuzu Nembutsu or its founder Ryonin?
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No ylee, at best you'll get a couple of pages in a history of Pure Land, like Elisabetta Porcu's "Pure Land Buddhism in Modern Japanese Culture"
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The Tai-ching states "the women in the realms of Mara, Sakra and Brahma all neither abandoned ( their old) bodies nor received (new) bodies. They all received buddhahood with their current bodies (genshin)" Thus these verses state that the dharma nature is like a great ocean. No right or wrong is preached (within it) Ordinary people and sages are equal, without superiority or inferiority
Paul, Groner "The Lotus Sutra in Japanese Culture"eds. Tanabe p. 58
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Are there any talks (audio or even video files) in english about Pure Land? Its hard to find on internet.

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Nosta wrote:Are there any talks (audio or even video files) in english about Pure Land? Its hard to find on internet.

Depends on what tradition you're into.

For Shin:
DharmaRealm Podcast
BrightDawn Podcast
DharmaLantern Podcast
Buddhist Faith Fellowship Podcast
Dharmatalk podcast (look for the one with tracks from Rev Siebur and Rev Patti Nakai)
There are a bunch of Youtube channels, like RevAoki's channel, Jeff Wilson's group in Toronto, and many others associated with the BCA

For Jodo Shu:
Rev Kosen Ishikawa's youtube channel is probably the best source out there.
Rev Joji Atone also has some videos that you can find from his facebook page.

For Chinese Pure Land:
There are hours and hours of talks by Wu Lin, a nun originally from Texas, available through Chin Kung's Amitabha Society website, amtb.org - you may have to do some digging through the links.
Hsuan Hua has audio teachings on Pure Land that you can find on either cttb.org or ymba.org
Dharma Drum's late founder Ven Sheng Yen has hours and hours of Pure Land talks on his youtube channel as well.

For Korean Pure Land:
The Muddy Water Zen podcast has at least one really good track on Pure Land.
Most Seon podcasts & resources will touch on it at some point or another.

For Vietnamese Pure Land:
I believe Thich Naht Hanh will occasionally talk of the Pure Land in his presentations, but he tends to remove about 90% of the traditional elements. There's a temple called "Dharma Flower" out of Arizona that has a website with a ton of free resources.

Sorry, I'd post more links, but I'm using the ipad and not one of my normal computers.
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Porkchop, thanks a lot!
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