Pure Land Buddhism

Definition - What does Pure Land Buddhism mean?

Pure Land Buddhism is a branch of Mahayana Buddhism and one of the largest schools of Buddhism in eastern Asia, particularly Japan and China. The religion focuses on the Amitabha Buddha, a celestial buddha, and a principal one in this form of Buddhism.

Pure Land Buddhism is so-named because the faithful seek to be reborn in Pure Land, also called Western Paradise or Sukhavati. The Pure Land Buddhists reach this realm by simply chanting the name of Amitabha Buddha with complete faith or invoking his name at the time of death.

Yogapedia explains Pure Land Buddhism

The simplicity of Pure Land Buddhism has made it accessible to a wide range of believers, including the illiterate. Anyone who invokes the name of Amitabha Buddha with sincere devotion is assured rebirth in Sukhavati, or the Pure Land. It is a peaceful, joyful place where one can more easily attain enlightenment and liberation. This step along the road to liberation is one from which the devotee cannot fall back.

Pure Land Buddhism has its roots in India about the second century BCE. From there, it spread eastward.

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