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Pure Land
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(Chinese chʾing tʾu, Japanese jōdo), in Mahāyāna Buddhism a land free of earthly defilements, which a buddha or bodhisattva created in fulfillment of his vow to deliver all beings and by virtue of his merits; there he preaches the dharma (Redemption: IX). The most important Pure Land is Amitābha’s Sukhāvatī. To be reborn there is a paramount goal, and not just for adherents of the Pure Land school (Chʾing Tʾu). Other important Pure Lands are those of Akṣobhya, Bhaiṣajyaguru, Avalokiteśvara, and Śakyamuni. The Vimalakīrtisūtra defines the Pure Land not as an ot…

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Kleine, Christoph, “Pure Land”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 11 August 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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