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The Legacy of Hōnen: Japanese Pure Land Buddhism in the Kamakura Period

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.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This first chapter looks first at the legacy of Hōnen upon Buddhist Pure Land thought in the Kamakura period in Japan. Hōnen, the founder of the Jōdo school, is given credit for the explosion of ... More


Genshin's Ojōyōshū and the Construction of Pure Land Discourse in Heian Japan

Robert F. Rhodes

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780824872489
eISBN:
9780824875701
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824872489.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

The Ōjōyōshū, written by the Heian period Tendai monk Genshin (942-1017), played a pivotal role in establishing Pure Land Buddhism in Japan. This book is a study of the central teachings of the ... More


Jōkei and Buddhist Devotion in Early Medieval Japan

James L. Ford

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195188141
eISBN:
9780199850976
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195188141.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This is the first book-length study in any language of Jōkei (1155-1213), a prominent Buddhist cleric of the Hossō (Yogācāra) school, whose life bridged the momentous transition from Heian (794-1185) ... More


Conclusion

Robert F. Rhodes

in Genshin's Ojōyōshū and the Construction of Pure Land Discourse in Heian Japan

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780824872489
eISBN:
9780824875701
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824872489.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

By way of conclusion, this chapter takes up two major reasons why the Ōjōyōshū proved extremely influential. The first is because it showed how people can gain enlightenment during an age in which it ... More


Jōkei, Hōnen, and the Kōfukuji sōjō

James L. Ford

in Jōkei and Buddhist Devotion in Early Medieval Japan

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195188141
eISBN:
9780199850976
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195188141.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter examines Jōkei's well-known petition to the court (Kōfukuji sōjō) that appealed for a proscription against Hōnen's exclusive (senju) nenbutsu teachings and practice. Although Jōkei's ... More


Auxiliary Practices and Deathbed Nenbutsu

Robert F. Rhodes

in Genshin's Ojōyōshū and the Construction of Pure Land Discourse in Heian Japan

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780824872489
eISBN:
9780824875701
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824872489.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

Although Genshin maintained that the nenbutsu is the central Pure Land practice, he also argued that it must be undertaken in conjunction with various auxiliary practices, such as keeping the ... More


Exemplary Death

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/9780824856434.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

Premodern Japanese hagiographies called ōjōden provide a model of ideal death. Persons who are to be born in Pure Land withdraw before dying to a separate room or chapel (mujōin), which helped ... 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


Genshin’s Interpretation of the Nenbutsu

Robert F. Rhodes

in Genshin's Ojōyōshū and the Construction of Pure Land Discourse in Heian Japan

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780824872489
eISBN:
9780824875701
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824872489.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter describes the practice of the nenbutsu (the practice of focusing one’s mind on Amida Buddha) which, according to Genshin, is the central practice for attaining birth in the Pure Land. ... More


Hōnen’s Appropriation of the Ōjōyōshū

Robert F. Rhodes

in Genshin's Ojōyōshū and the Construction of Pure Land Discourse in Heian Japan

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780824872489
eISBN:
9780824875701
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824872489.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

Finally, this chapter takes up how the nenbutsu teaching of the Ōjōyōshū was interpreted by the Kamakura period Pure Land monk Hōnen. Hōnen created a revolution in Japanese Pure Land Buddhism by ... More


The Structure of Japanese Buddhist Funerals

Mariko Namba Walter

in Death and the Afterlife in Japanese Buddhism

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824832049
eISBN:
9780824869250
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824832049.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter explores the structure of contemporary funerals and their doctrinal significance. Contemporary Buddhist funerals incorporate several ritual forms dating back to the Buddhist funerals of ... More


Secrecy Causes Criticism and Persecution: Kakushi Nenbutsu in Shin History

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/9780824838393.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Buddhism

This chapter examines how secrecy led to criticism by Shin priests and to persecution by local authorities. From the thirteenth century, claims of secret teachings have been common in Shin Buddhism. ... More


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