Introduction to Pure Land Buddhism

| March 9, 2023

Instructor: Richard Modiano, VHBT minister’s assistant

Japanese copy of the Pure Land Taima Mandala
Japanese copy of the Pure
Land Taima Mandala

Description: Developed out of the Mahayana tradition, Pure Land Buddhism does not promise liberation into Nirvana in one lifetime after strenuous practice or through several rebirths. Pure Land Buddhism focuses on the veneration of Amitābha Buddha, a Sambhogakaya Buddha representing pure perception and a deep awareness of emptiness–a belief which shows the connection of Pure Land to traditional Mahayana Buddhism. Through devotion to Amitābha, followers hope to be reborn in his pure land, a final stopping point with enlightenment itself the next step.

Schedule: Four consecutive Mondays from 7:30pm – 8:30 PM

  • March 13, 2023 – Origins of Pure Land Buddhism
  • March 20, 2023 – Basic concepts of Pure Land Buddhism
  • March 27, 2023 – Principle Pure Land Sutras
  • April 3, 2023 – Schools of Pure Land Buddhism

Location: Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple (in-person only)

Cost: Suggested donation of $5 per class, $20 for series of 4 classes

RSVP/Registration: RSVP to Julia Ueda (

Suggested text: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Understanding Buddhism by Gary Gach

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