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Genshin

(942—1017)


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(942–1017).

A Japanese Tendai priest and scholar who produced a significant corpus of works on a wide variety of Buddhist topics. He is known primarily as the author of the Ōjōyōshū, or ‘Essentials of Rebirth (in the Pure Land)’, a systematic survey of Chinese Pure Land literature that helped pave the way for the development of Pure Land as an independent school a century later. This work was also one of the few original Japanese works that travelled back to China and influenced the development of Buddhism there.

Subjects: Buddhism.


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