The Legacy of Hōnen

Mark L. Blum

in The Origins and Development of Pure Land Buddhism

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780195125245
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833993 | DOI:
 The Legacy of Hōnen

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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 interest in this religious path, and an outline is given of how he affected Japanese religious sensibilities and what he offered that was new. After an introduction, further sections of the chapter are: Issues in Kamakura Pure Land Thought; Expanding the Shan‐tao tradition: the uniqueness of nenbutsu (also spelled nembutsu, and meaning recitation); In search of a normative practice: recitation and samādhi (a meditative practice leading to self‐induced trances); and In Gyōnen's view – Gyōnen's views on Pure Land Buddhism in Japan.

Keywords: Buddhism; Buddhist history; Gyōnen; Hōnen; Japan; nembutsu; nenbutsu; Pure Land school of Buddhism; samādhi; Shan‐tao

Chapter.  8496 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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