The Pure Land Handbook : A Mahayana Buddhist Approach to Death and Rebirth
The Pure Land Dharma Door is the most popular form of Buddhism in Asia, though it is largely unknown in the West. In this book, we introduce the Pure Land teachings to those who may not yet be familiar with this profound practice, hoping that more people will benefit from these methods. Furthermore, we will shed new light on the fundamentals of Pure Land, so even those who have grown up with and practiced Pure Land for years, can learn important points that are not commonly known. We present for you here a genuine, American, form of Pure Land Buddhism.
What If? What if you could end all suffering and enjoy eternal bliss? What if you could attain a permanent state of perfect happiness, without the duality of its opposite – pain? What if you could break the cycle of reincarnation and continue your spiritual cultivation with a constant forward movement, never losing ground? What if you could cultivate in a world of peace, where everyone around you supports your efforts, and you support theirs? What if you could clear away the debris that prevents you from seeing your True Self, and that of all others? What if you could realize your True Nature, become a Buddha, and realize the vow to help all living beings attain the same?
This is what the Buddhas promise us, if we cultivate our inner gardens and plant good strong seeds that take root and flourish. The quest for enlightenment is a long and arduous spiritual journey that can take many lifetimes. But there is a shorter and more pleasurable path… It is called the Pure Lands.