Pure Land in China

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Pure Land in China

Post by wukong » Wed Aug 22, 2012 5:10 pm

Hi folks. I am relatively ignorant of the history of Pure Land and I was wondering if someone could fill me in.

Was Pure Land in China a distinct sect with its own temples and priests/monks? I know in Japan it certainly was. I get the feeling that many Chinese buddhists do not delineate between Pure Land and Zen. In fact I read somewhere that TD Suzuki privately practised Pure Land though he was mostly a Zen writer.

Many thanks in advance


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Re: Pure Land in China

Post by plwk » Wed Aug 22, 2012 5:45 pm

Yes and no and depends under whose leadership, especially looking at Ven Master Hui Yuan, the 'founding father' of Pure Land in China.
You can see the development in these simple reading links 1 2 3 4

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