Buddhism as an Education

The path to Enlightenment



Namo Amitabha


Kalama Sutra
"Rely not on the teacher/person, but on the teaching. Rely not on the words of the teaching, but on the spirit of the words. Rely not on theory, but on experience.Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. Do not believe anything because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything because it is written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and the benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it."
- the Buddha




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Buddhism of Wisdom & Faith: Pure Land Principles and Practice
Dharma Master Thich Thien Tam
Translated and edited by the Van Hien Study Group
Sutra Translation Committee of the United States and Canada


Copyright and Publishing History

This book is a translation from the Vietnamese of the treatise Niem Phat Thap Yeu. In the United States and Canada, the work is also published under the title Horizontal Escape. Copyright 1994 by Le T. Lap. Reprints will be authorized upon request.

  • 5th edition: Vesak, 1994
  • 4th edition: Tet, 1994
  • 3rd edition: 1993
  • 2nd edition: Vesak 1991
  • 1st edition: Tet, 1991
  • First published in the United States of America by the International Buddhist Monastic Institute

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    The supreme and endless blessings of Samantabhadra's deeds,
    I now Universally transfer.
    May every living being, drowning and adrift,
    Soon return to the Land of Limitless Light.

    The Vows of Samantabhadra


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    Namo Amitabha

    Life’s most awesome event is death, and death comes to all without regard to wealth, beauty, intelligence or fame. Death is inevitable, but how you die—terrified and confused, or with confidence and spiritual mastery—is within your control.
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