Buddha-Nature and the Pure Land
It would be spiritual delusion to pretend that a soul goes to the Pure Land.
Rather, in one sense, the spiritual essence, Buddha-nature, returns to the Absolute.
Actually, no returning occurs at all. For the physical body merely dies. Self-as-ego dies with the body. Yet the bodhisattva reborn in the Pure Land represents the karmic destiny of Buddha-nature which is erroneously mistaken for a soul.
For Buddha-nature is no-self.
Think of it this way: all my recitations of Nembutsu are like offerings to the bodhisattva representing my sincere desire to be reborn in the Pure Land. The more I recite and study the Pure Land sutras and commentaries, the greater is this bodhisattva's existence in the Pure Land.
If I were not to recite the Nembutsu, I would still be reborn near the Pure Land as a result of my desire to be reborn there.