Actually there are many other sutras and discourses that mention amitabha and his land of bliss. Of these three sutras, scholars generally agree that the meditation sutra did not originate in india. In pure land buddhism, three sutras form the core of the teaching. Pure lands lotus flowers in the lotus sutra purelanders.
In china and japan, this sutra has been highly revered, as is revealed by the existence of over more than thirty commentaries. These sutras were chosen by honen of japan 131212 and called the three pure land sutras. Excerpts from part one, sections 7 and 8 of the larger sutra on amitayus taisho volume 12, number 360. Nichirens hostility toward pure land practices, which appears in his earliest writings. It is one of the three basic sutras of the pure land faith.
It relates how the mendicant monk dharmakara, practicing under the tathagata lokesvararaja, made 48 vows to save all suffering people. Larger sukhavativyuha sutra, the meditation sutra ch. Although the pure land tradition sees the three pure land sutras to be its main ones amitabha sutra, infinite life sutra and contemplation sutra, teachings related to amitabha buddha are mentioned in around 300 other sutras. Smaller sutra on amitayus, abbreviated to smaller sutra. It is virtually certain that, as a novice at kiyosumidera in awa province, nichiren was taught to chant the nenbutsu c and also studied pure land teachingsprobably tendai pure land thought rather than the exclusive nenbutsu, which he would not. A screencast lecture on buddhist doctrines and philosophies lecture three of four lectures on buddhism. Lastly, i would like to recommend again the path to pure land prayer compiled by upasaka xia. The larger sutra on amitayus is also known as the larger sukhavativyuha, and more informally as the large amida sutra.950 316 624 1235 837 485 990 933 1255 117 888 1091 387 497 573 830 296 194 91 889 786 1159 799 335 487 325 740 1464 1090 1482 304