Chapter

Shōkō and the Chinzei Branch, Chōsai, and Others

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.003.0013
 Shōkō and the Chinzei Branch, Chōsai, and Others

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This is a translation of part of the section of Gyōnen's Jōdo Hōmon Genrushō on the ecclesiastical history of the Pure Land school of Buddhism in Japan, which has been divided into five chapters (Chs. 4–8 of the translation). This chapter, and the three before it, all focus on the thought and achievements of the major Pure Land thinkers of the Kakamura period through Gyōnen's eyes, nearly all of whom traced their lineage back to Hōnen. The thinkers addressed in this chapter are Shōkō (Benchō), Ryōchū, and others in the Chinzei branch of the Jōdo school, Chōsai and his Kuhonji branch. Finally, there is a brief look at other lesser‐known masters propagating the Pure Land teachings who were not in Hōnen's lineage. Extensive footnotes are included.

Keywords: Benchō; Buddhism; Buddhist history; Chinzei; Chōsai; Genrushō; Gyōnen; Hōnen; Japan; Jōdo school; Kuhonji; Pure Land school of Buddhism; Ryōchū; Shōkō; translations

Chapter.  11610 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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