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The Origins and Development of Pure Land BuddhismA Study and Translation of Gyonen's Jodo Homon Genrusho$
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Mark L. Blum

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195125245

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/019512524X.001.0001

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The Legacy of Hōnen

The Legacy of Hōnen

Japanese Pure Land Buddhism in the Kamakura Period

(p.3) 1 The Legacy of Hōnen
The Origins and Development of Pure Land Buddhism

Mark L. Blum (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This first chapter looks first at the legacy of Hōnen upon Buddhist Pure Land thought in the Kamakura period in Japan. Hōnen, the founder of the Jōdo school, is given credit for the explosion of interest in this religious path, and an outline is given of how he affected Japanese religious sensibilities and what he offered that was new. After an introduction, further sections of the chapter are: Issues in Kamakura Pure Land Thought; Expanding the Shan‐tao tradition: the uniqueness of nenbutsu (also spelled nembutsu, and meaning recitation); In search of a normative practice: recitation and samādhi (a meditative practice leading to self‐induced trances); and In Gyōnen's view – Gyōnen's views on Pure Land Buddhism in Japan.

Keywords:   Buddhism, Buddhist history, Gyōnen, Hōnen, Japan, nembutsu, nenbutsu, Pure Land school of Buddhism, samādhi, Shan‐tao

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