We believe that the Threefold Pure Land Sutras, are
inspired scriptures, demonstrating the true intent of the Buddha, and for us, are the best teaching to live our lives; but
we are open to the entirety of the Buddha Dharma and world spirituality.
The Threefold Sutras of Shin Buddhism are the following. The Larger Sutra of Immeasurable Life, which teaches about the Sacred Story of Amida, the essence of the Primal Vow and the living reality of Great
Compassion; The Shorter Sutra of Immeasurable Life, which describes the Pure Land and the human condition, and acclaims
the importance of Amida Buddha; and The Contemplation
Sutra, which stresses the truth of human nature, the
Pure Land meditations and the sacred story of Queen Vaidehi.
In addition, our Fellowship
considers the insightful religious works of our 13th century founder, Shinran Shonin, as inspired and therefore
they are part of our main scriptural texts. These texts include the classic Kyogyoshinsho and his Epistles. In addition, the text that recounts
the sayings of Shinran, titled the
Tannisho is seen as a major scriptural work. Other Mahayana Buddhist sutras like the Vimilakirti Sutra and the
Lotus Sutra are also included in our roster of important scriptures because they emphasize
the lay person’s spirituality. Furthermore, non-Buddhist scriptures like the Chinese Tao Te Ching
and the early Christian text, Gospel of Thomas are held in high esteem. See our The Gospel of Thomas: the Buddhist Jesus? web site.