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Hōjō


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(Jap.; Chin, fang-sheng).

1 The practice of buying live animals at the market and then releasing them as an act of compassion. (karuṇā). Sometimes this is done in a ritual in which large quantities of birds and fish are bought for the purpose. The practice is widespread throughout the Buddhist world.

2 A samurai family that ruled Japan as regents from 1199 to 1333, which saw the formative years of the zen.Pure Land, and Nichiren movements.

Subjects: Buddhism.


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