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Myōe Kōben

(1173—1232)


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(1173–1232).

A member of the Kegon school, one of the Six Schools of Nara Buddhism in Japan. During the time when new schools were arising in Japan (such as Pure Land, zen.and Nichiren), he tried to defend the older schools and spoke out against the new ones. His works include a piece entitled Smashing the Wheel of Heresy, which was directed against Hōnen (1133–1212) and his new Pure Land school (Jap., Jōdo Shū). Renowned for his purity and obedience to the monastic precepts.he attracted many disciples and patrons, and also contributed to a revival in Kegon studies.

Subjects: Buddhism.


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