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Amida

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The Japanese pronunciation of the name of the Buddha Amitābha or Amitāyus. This Buddha serves as the primary object of devotion and agent of salvation for the various schools of Pure Land...

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Amitābha-Sūtra

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One of the three basic sūtras of the Pure Land School (with Amitāyurdhyāna-Sūtra and Sukhāvatīvyūha). It survives in Chinese translations, and describes the fundamental practice of reciting...

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Amitāyurdhyāna-Sūtra

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(‘Sūtra on Contemplation on Amitāyus’). One of the three basic sūtras of the Pure Land School (with Amitābha-Sūtra and Sukhāvatīvyūha). It describes the pure land and the moral life which...

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Bodhiruci

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(6th c. ce).

A north Indian monk andesoteric master who came to China in 508 and became very active as a teacher and translator, producing translations of 39 works in 127...

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Buddha-kṣetra

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(Skt., Buddha-field).

The sphere of influence and activity of a Buddha. In Buddhist cosmology, each world-system (cakravāla) is the domain of a particular Buddha within which he...

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Former Buddhas

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Members of a lineage of Perfectly Awakened Ones (sammāsanbuddhas) who are alleged by tradition to have preceded Gotama, the historical Buddha. Earliest Buddhist texts record the names of...

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Kuan Yin

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In Chinese Buddhism, the goddess of compassion.

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Pratyutpanna Sūtra

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The short title of the early Mahāyāna sūtra whose full name is the Pratyutpanna-buddha-saṃmukha-avasthita-sāmadhi Sūtra. The work describes a trance (samādhi) which, when perfected, leads...

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Pure Land

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The term ‘Pure Land’ is a Chinese invention, but it refers to a concept long known in Buddhism under other names such as Buddha-land or Buddha-field (Skt., Buddha-kṣetra). The idea arose in...

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Pure Land schools

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A devotional form of Buddhism centring on the Buddha Amitābha (Skt.; Chin., O-mi-tʾo; Jap., Amida) and his transcendent realm known as Pure Land. Everything in Pure Land is conducive to ...

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