Pureland Buddhism is a school of Mahayana Buddhism. It applies Jiri Rita which means by helping others, I help myself. In contrast, to the more traditional way of self-teaching, Gari-gari. It is widely practiced in Japan and is also an important school in China, Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam.
The school of Pureland Buddhism that I practice is called Jodo Shinshu Buddhism. It was founded by Japanese Monk, Master Shinran (learn more about Master Shinran here) and made to flourish by his disciple Rennyo.
It teaches that the ultimate purpose of life is to achieve Absolute Happiness that will never fail us even after death. This can be achieved thru Amida Buddha’s vow, which lifts the veil of ignorance or the dark mind and lets us gain a mind of light or Absolute Happiness. The way to achieving Amida Buddha’s vow is through these 3 things:
- Listening to Buddhism
- Chanting (is like a prayer venerating the teachings)
- Doing the 6 Good Deeds
At the core of these teachings is the Law of Cause and Effect, which essentially means, “Stop doing bad deeds and do good deeds.”
These are the foundations of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism as one studies more about it, the depth of each and more teachings will be discovered.
If you are interested to learn more about Jodo Shinshu Buddhism, we have regular Skype Live lectures. Alternatively, we also have a one-on-one study with a Buddhist teacher. This is great for people who are not comfortable listening with a group. Aside from that the teacher will pace this according to your availability and understanding so you can get the most from your study.
You can join or leave a message on these links if you are interested:
- Contact Us
- Pureland Buddhism Center of the Philippines Facebook Page
- Pureland Buddhism Center of the Philippines Meetup Page
- Message Skype IDs: musr4362hx6 | frank.costelloe |