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Forging an Historical Identity for Pure Land Buddhism: As Gyōnen Saw It

Mark L. Blum

in The Origins and Development of Pure Land Buddhism: A Study and Translation of Gyonen's Jodo Homon Genrusho

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195125245
eISBN:
9780199833993
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019512524X.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter looks at Gyōnen's perspective on Pure Land Buddhism and may be read as a summary of the contents of the Genrushō itself. After an introduction, the chapter has four sections. The first ... More


Demythologizing Pure Land Buddhism: Yasuda Rijin and the Shin Buddhist Tradition

Paul B. Watt

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824856328
eISBN:
9780824869038
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824856328.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

The True Pure Land sect of Japanese Buddhism, or Shin Buddhism, grew out of the teachings of Shinran (1173–1262), a Tendai-trained monk. Shinran held that even those unable to fulfill the ... More


Pure Land, Real World: Modern Buddhism, Japanese Leftists, and the Utopian Imagination

Melissa Anne-Marie Curley

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780824857752
eISBN:
9780824873653
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824857752.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

For a thousand years, Japanese Buddhists cultivated vivid images of utopia in the form of the Western Paradise, but in the modern period, this utopianism became troublesome. Shinshū modernizers ... More


The Spirit of Shinran Shōnin

James C. Dobbins and Richard M. Jaffe

in Selected Works of D.T. Suzuki, Volume II

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780520268937
eISBN:
9780520959620
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520268937.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This brief essay is an address that Suzuki gave in New York in 1955 at the installation ceremony of a large bronze statue of Shinran (1173-1262), the founder of Shin Buddhism. The statue was ... More


Beyond Good and Evil: kōji shigenobu and the true pure land understanding of the atomic bombing

Yuki Miyamoto

in Beyond the Mushroom Cloud: Commemoration, Religion, and Responsibility after Hiroshima

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780823240500
eISBN:
9780823240548
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823240500.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Literature

This chapter explores a Buddhist interpretation of the bombing: the approach of True Pure Land Buddhism (or Shin Buddhism). Hiroshima is characterized by its large population of True Pure Land ... More


The Longue Durée of Deathbed Rites

Jacqueline I. Stone

in Right Thoughts at the Last Moment: Buddhism and Deathbed Practices in Early Medieval Japan

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780824856434
eISBN:
9780824872984
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824856434.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

During the Kamakura period and beyond, deathbed practices spread to new social groups. The ideal of mindful death was accommodated to warriors heading for the battlefield and was incorporated into ... More


The Shin Sect of Buddhism

James C. Dobbins and Richard M. Jaffe

in Selected Works of D.T. Suzuki, Volume II

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780520268937
eISBN:
9780520959620
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520268937.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This is Suzuki’s longest essay on Shin Buddhism, the Pure Land tradition going back to the religious figure Shinran (1173-1262). It elucidates a variety of themes found in Pure Land and Shin ... More


Selections from Japanese Spirituality

James C. Dobbins and Richard M. Jaffe

in Selected Works of D.T. Suzuki, Volume II

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780520268937
eISBN:
9780520959620
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520268937.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This essay is a collection of excerpts from Suzuki’s book Japanese Spirituality (Nihon teki reisei). In it he tries to define the essential nature of religious awareness in Japan and explicates ... More


The Land in Pure Land

Melissa Anne-Marie Curley

in Pure Land, Real World: Modern Buddhism, Japanese Leftists, and the Utopian Imagination

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780824857752
eISBN:
9780824873653
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824857752.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

Polemical accounts suggest that the Western Paradise has traditionally been imagined as a strictly transcendent pocket universe, having no relation to this world. But medieval Pure Land believers ... More


Pure Land for the People: Miki Kiyoshi

Melissa Anne-Marie Curley

in Pure Land, Real World: Modern Buddhism, Japanese Leftists, and the Utopian Imagination

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780824857752
eISBN:
9780824873653
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824857752.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

Following the untimely death in prison of Kyoto School philosopher Miki Kiyoshi, his unfinished essay on Shinran was assembled for publication, serving as a kind of final testament. Early in his ... More


Man Without a Hometown: Ienaga Saburō

Melissa Anne-Marie Curley

in Pure Land, Real World: Modern Buddhism, Japanese Leftists, and the Utopian Imagination

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780824857752
eISBN:
9780824873653
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824857752.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

Historian Ienaga Saburō turned to religion in search of a way to resist the ultranationalism of his day. He discovered in Japanese Buddhism what he termed a logic of negation, first articulated by ... More


Shin Buddhist Doctrine Reconstructed

Michihiro Ama

in Immigrants to the Pure Land: The Modernization, Acculturation, and Globalization of Shin Buddhism, 1898-1941

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824834388
eISBN:
9780824871727
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824834388.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter investigates the ways in which some Issei ministers construed Shinran’s teaching by borrowing concepts from Christianity, incorporating other Buddhist schools’ practices, and studying ... More


Introduction: Yasuda Rijin and the Shin Buddhist Tradition

Paul B. Watt

in Demythologizing Pure Land Buddhism: Yasuda Rijin and the Shin Buddhist Tradition

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824856328
eISBN:
9780824869038
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824856328.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This introductory chapter provides a brief historical background of the Shin Buddhist tradition. It pinpoints two Buddhist leaders who advocated an exclusive reliance on the celestial buddha Amida ... More


“Fundamental Vow, Fundamental Word” (1972)

Paul B. Watt

in Demythologizing Pure Land Buddhism: Yasuda Rijin and the Shin Buddhist Tradition

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824856328
eISBN:
9780824869038
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824856328.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter explores the 1972 essay, “Fundamental Vow, Fundamental Word.” This essay brings together many of the themes that Yasuda had lectured and written about for decades—the deep connection ... More


Epilogue: The Questions Revealed by Covert Shin Buddhists

Clark Chilson

in Secrecy's Power: Covert Shin Buddhists in Japan and Contradictions of Concealment

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824838393
eISBN:
9780824868420
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824838393.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This epilogue highlights some of the implications of the book's findings for our understanding of Shin Buddhism and secrecy in religion. It does this by clarifying the questions that the book has ... More


Shinran’s Compassion and Dōgen’s Compassion

Steve Bein

in Purifying Zen: Watsuji Tetsuro's Shamon Dogen

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835101
eISBN:
9780824868505
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835101.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter discusses Shinran's concept of compassion and compares it with Dōgen's compassion. For Shinran, compassion is the image of the absolute being. The compassion that he teaches is a great ... More


The Pure Land Tradition

James W. Heisig, Thomas P. Kasulis, and John C. Maraldo (eds)

in Japanese Philosophy: A Sourcebook

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824835521
eISBN:
9780824870270
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824835521.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Asian Studies

This section provides an overview of the Pure Land tradition and discusses its philosophical significance. Pure Land Buddhism was formulated in China in the sixth and seventh centuries, based on ... More


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