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What is the Western Pure Land?

Amitaha Buddha named his Pure Land the "Western Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss". Why is this land called "Western Pure Land of Ultimate Bliss"? Because the inhabitants in this land are free from the myriad of sufferings, and experience nothing but happiness. They are free from sickness, old age, and death.

 

The Amitabha Sutra describes the Western Pure Land as a beautiful place surrounded by trees made of jewels, ponds filled with gem stones and wondrous colured-light emitting lotuses, buildings made of precious stones, celestial music constantly playing, gorgeous flowers descending from the sky, tawny-gold covered grounds, and birds communicating the Buddha's teachings in their melodious songs. Everything in the Western Pure Land works together to remind the inhabitants of the truths of Buddhism.

 

Inhabitants in the Western Pure Land enjoy the face-to-face teaching of Amitabha Buddha and the company of countless Buddhas and Bodhisattvas. Their own life spans become infinite as they advance toward their inevitable enlightenment.

 

All the adornments of the dwellings in the Western Pure Land and the setting in which sentient beings are being reborn in the Western Pure Land are created by the inherently real virtues of the great vows and great deeds of Amitabha Buddha.