hough still in its formative years in the West, Pure Land Buddhism is widely practiced in Asia and its roots extend all the way to ancient India. While almost all of the teachings by Sakyamuni Buddha were the result of his being asked a question, Sakyamuni initiated the teaching that introduced Amitabha Buddha and the Western Pure Land.
For countless people, Pure Land practice is eminently suitable. It is relatively easy to practice in almost any environment: alone, with other practitioners, or amid everyday life. Also, there are no difficult entry-level criteria. Even if one’s abilities and knowledge are modest, with belief, vows, and practice, we will be reborn in the Pure Land.
Belief means that we believe in the Buddhas and their teachings, and in causality. We need to believe in ourselves and that we have the same true nature as the Buddha. We need to believe that through our practice—living a moral life and being mindful of Amitabha Buddha—we will be born into the Western Pure Land and become a Buddha in one lifetime.