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

Paul B. Watt

Abstract

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 requirements of the traditional Buddhist path could attain enlightenment through the experience of shinjin, “the entrusting mind”—an expression of the profound realization that the Buddha Amida, who promises birth in his Pure Land to all who trust in him, was nothing other than the true basis of all existence and the sustaining nature of human beings. Over the centuries, the subtleties of Shinran's teachings ... More

Keywords: Japanese Buddhism, Shin Buddhism, Shinran, Buddha Amida, Pure Land Buddhism, Yasuda Rijin, Kiyozawa Manshi, Kaneko Daiei, Soga Ryōjin, Nishida Kitarō

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780824856328
Published to University Press Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824856328.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul B. Watt, author
Waseda University