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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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Ryūkan and the Many Nenbutsu

Ryūkan and the Many Nenbutsu

(p.233) 6 Ryūkan and the Many Nenbutsu
The Origins and Development of Pure Land Buddhism
Mark L. Blum
Oxford University Press

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 one before and two after, 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 thinker addressed in this chapter is Ryūkan. Extensive footnotes are included.

Keywords:   Buddhism, Buddhist history, Genrushō, Gyōnen, Hōnen, Japan, Pure Land school of Buddhism, Ryūkan, translations

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