ccook70 wrote:"Legitimate" Meaning is it the truth as taught originally by Siddhartha Gautama.
I ask this question, by the way, because I want to ordain at Wat Pah Nanachat, but I'm also considering practicing Pure Land as a layman.
In that case, I don't believe so.
Why not practice Theravada or early/Sutta Buddhism as a layman?
EDIT: After giving it some thought and reading some posts on the sister site, I amend my statement. It's not legitimate from a Theravada orthodox point of view. It is legitimate from a Mahayana point of view.
I'll remain ambivalent about it, per the Canki sutta.