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Forging an Historical Identity for Pure Land Buddhism

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/019512524X.003.0002
 Forging an Historical Identity for Pure Land Buddhism

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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 two discuss the history of the Pure Land Teaching, and Hōnen's disciples. Next, the absence from the Genrushō of four men influential in the Pure Land movement of the time (Shinran, Genchi, Ippen, and Seikaku) is addressed, and Shinran is selected as an example for further discussion of the reasons for omission. The last section discusses the perspective taken by Gyōnen to the Japanese Pure Land school in the Genrushō.

Keywords: Buddhism; Buddhist history; Genrushō; Gyōnen; Hōnen; Japan; Pure Land school of Buddhism; Shinran

Chapter.  13777 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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