Pure Land

Of the various forms of Buddhism that developed after the demise of the historical Buddha in 480 B.C., Mahayana (the "Great Vehicle") became the dominant tradition in East and parts of Southeast Asia.  This broad area encompasses China, Korea, Vietnam and Japan, among other countries.  In time, a number of schools arose within Mahayana Buddhism in accordance with the capacities and circumstances of the people, the main ones being the Zen, Pure Land and Esoteric schools. Among these schools, Pure Land has the greatest number of adherents, although its teachings and methodology are not widely known in the West.

The supreme and endless blessings of Samantabhadra's deeds,
I now universally transfer.
May every living being, drowning and adrift,
Soon return to the land of LimitlessLight!
The Vows of Samantabhadra, Avatamsaka Sutra
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