Buddhism as an Education

The path to Enlightenment



Namo Amitabha


Why is it that after relying on wisdom, we should still put our complete Faith in the teachings of the sages? It is because the Pure Land method, belonging as it does to the Mahayana tradition, is concerned with many transcendental realms beyond human knowledge or wisdom. Therefore, there are many realities that ordinary sentient beings cannot readily understand.
Why is it that after relying on wisdom, we should still put our complete Faith in the teachings of the sages? It is because the Pure Land method, belonging as it does to the Mahayana tradition, is concerned with many transcendental realms beyond human knowledge or wisdom. Therefore, there are many realities that ordinary sentient beings cannot readily understand.


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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


About the Author
The late Dharma Master Thich Thien Tam specialized in both the Pure Land and Esoteric traditions. Shunning the limelight and practicing in seclusion for most of his adult life, he translated a number of Mahayana sutras and wrote several well-known commentaries -- all of which have gone through many editions and printings. This treatise, his best known work, is the outgrowth of a multi-year retreat devoted to the study of the Tripitaka, with emphasis on Pure Land related texts.

The translators and editors are members and friends of the Van Hien Buddhist Study Group.

Dieu Phung
Minh Thanh
P. D. Leigh


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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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