Introduction to
The Smaller Sukhavativyuha Sutra
(Amitabha Sutra)


The Sutra is the shortest of the three basic Sutras in Pure Land School, so it is also The Smaller Sukhavativyuha.

It starts by giving a description of the splendours of Sukhavati, the Pure Land of Amitabha Buddha, and further explains what must be done in order to be reborn there, The Buddhas of the six directions extol the merits and virtues of Amitabha Buddha, so one should make a great vow to be reborn in Sukhavati by believing and reciting the name of Amitabha upon hearing His name.

As its short length, this Sutra is frequently recited at religious services and daily ritual routine as well.