Buddhism in Five Minutes - Elizabeth J. Harris

Buddhism in Five Minutes - Elizabeth J. Harris

42. What is Pure Land Buddhism?

Buddhism in Five Minutes - Elizabeth J. Harris

Wendy Dossett [+-]
University of Chester
Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies Department of Theology and Religious Studies

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Pure Land Buddhism is an umbrella term for a variety of schools of Mahayana Buddhism which draw on the three Pure Land Sutras. It is characterized by gratitude and devotion to the Buddha Amitābha, more commonly known by his Japanese name, Amida. There is evidence of Pure Land thought in Northern India/Central Asia in the first century of the Common Era, and it was to become dominant among a variety of traditions practiced in East Asia, and particularly in Japan.

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Dossett, Wendy. 42. What is Pure Land Buddhism?. Buddhism in Five Minutes. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 207-211 Nov 2021. ISBN 9781800500907. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=40781. Date accessed: 23 Oct 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.40781. Nov 2021

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