Pure Land texts

History of the Pure Land

‘Introduction’, from The Promise of Amida Buddha. Honen’s Path to Bliss, translated by Joji Atone & Joko Hayashi (2011)
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‘Pure Land Buddhism’, in: Encyclopedia of Buddhism, by Robert E. Buswell, Jr. (2004), pp. 698-709 (plus: ‘Pure Land Art’, pp. 693-698)
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Pure Land Buddhism. Dialogs with Ancient Masters, by Patriarch Chih I & Master Tíen Ju, translated by Master Thich Thien Tam (1992)
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Mind-Seal of the Buddha’s. Patriarch Ou-i’s Commentary on the Amitabha Sutra, translated by J.C. Cleary (1997)
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Shan-tao’s Exposition of the Method of Contemplation on Amida Buddha, translated by Hisao Inagaki
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The Three Pure Land Sutras
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Junirai by Nagarjuna

Jodoron by Vasubandhu

Zen & Pure Land (historical)

Opening the Hand of Thought, by Kosho Uchiyama (2004), pp. 86-87.
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Mud and Water, A Collection of the Talks by the Zen Master Bassui, translated by Arthur Braverman (1989), pp. 38-46
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Pure Land, Pure Mind. The Buddhism of Masters
Chu-hung and Tsung-pen, translated by J.C. Cleary (1994)
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Zen in the Pure Land, translations by Th. Cleary (2012)
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Pure Land of the Patriarchs. Excerpts From Master Han-Shan’s Dream Roamings, translated by Dharma Master Lok To (1994)
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Pure-Land Zen, Zen Pure-Land. Letters from Patriarch Yin Kuang, translated by Thich Thien Tam et. al. (2005)
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‘Pure Land Outside, Zen Inside’ in: Obaku Zen. The Emergence of the Third Sect of Zen in Tokugawa, Japan by Helen J. Baroni (2000), pp. 106-118
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Honen & Shinran

River of Water, River of Fire, by Taitetsu Unno (1998). Excellent introduction to Shin buddhism.

Fragment from an interview with the author in Tricycle (1995). Click here

Another good introductory book is Heart of the Shin Buddhist Path. A Life of Awakening, by Takamaro Shigaraki.

The Essential Shinran, by Alfred Bloom (2007) is a good anthology. A few text fragments here

The Collected Works Of Shinran:
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Shoshinge (Hymn of True Shinjin and the Nembutsu) by Shinran, Click here

‘Introduction’ by Alfred Bloom, from Honen the Buddhist Saint. Essential Writings and Official Biography. From the 14th Century Manuscript. Compiled by Imperial Order, edited and adapted by Joseph A. Fitzgerald (2006)
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More about Shinran and Shin buddhism:

The Life of Shinran Shonin: The Journey to Self Acceptance, by Alfred Bloom (1999)
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Shinran’s Gospel of Pure Grace, by Alfred Bloom (1964)
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Shin Buddhism, by D.T. Suzuki (2004)
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Pure Land after Shinran

Meditation in Shin Buddhism, by Alfred Bloom
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Mysticism: Christian and Buddhist, by D.T. Suzuki (2002)
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Current Pure Land Practice

About David Brazier (see also here) and his Amida Order; in addition, this blog article is relevant.

Two books by David Brazier:



A website about True Shin Buddhism

Essential shin buddhist teachings from Romania’s Amida-ji Temple. There is much more to be found on Amida-ji’s website.

The Living Dharma Library (look for ‘Articles on the Future of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism in America’)

Guide to Jodo Shinshu Teachings and Practices, by Kyojo S. Ikuta & Trudy Gahlinger (2008)
Click here (pdf – 6.1 MB)

Essence of the Infinite Life Sutra, by Venerable Master Chin Kung (2013)
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Taming the Monkey Mind. A Guide to Pure Land Practice, by the Buddhist Scholar Cheng Wei-an, translation and commentary by Dharma Master Suddhisukha (2000)
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Going Home to the Pure Land (2010)
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Zen & Pure Land (current)

A website about Integrated Shin and Zen Practice

Three podcasts of The Dharma Realm about Shin and Zen:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

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