易行道 ( Jpn igyo-do )
One of the two ways of Buddhist practice mentioned by Nagarjuna (c. 150-250) in the "Easy Practice" chapter of The Commentary on the Ten Stages Sutra. The easy-to-practice way, established for those of inferior capacity, means to call upon the names of Buddhas, relying upon their power of salvation, while the difficult-to-practice way means to engage in strenuous austere practices for many kalpas in order to attain enlightenment. On the basis of Nagarjuna's categorization of the easy-to-practice way and the difficult-to-practice way, the founders of the Pure Land school equated the easy-to-practice way with the Pure Land teachings (the Amida, Buddha Infinite Life, and Meditation on the Buddha Infinite Life sutras) and the practice of calling upon the name of Amida Buddha. They equated the difficult-to-practice way with all the other teachings and practices, maintaining that the former is superior to the latter.