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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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Shōkō and the Chinzei Branch, Chōsai, and Others

Shōkō and the Chinzei Branch, Chōsai, and Others

(p.271) 8 Shōkō and the Chinzei Branch, Chōsai, and Others
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 three before it, 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 thinkers addressed in this chapter are Shōkō (Benchō), Ryōchū, and others in the Chinzei branch of the Jōdo school, Chōsai and his Kuhonji branch. Finally, there is a brief look at other lesser‐known masters propagating the Pure Land teachings who were not in Hōnen's lineage. Extensive footnotes are included.

Keywords:   Benchō, Buddhism, Buddhist history, Chinzei, Chōsai, Genrushō, Gyōnen, Hōnen, Japan, Jōdo school, Kuhonji, Pure Land school of Buddhism, Ryōchū, Shōkō, translations

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