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By Alfred Bloom, Kenneth K. Tanaka

This moment quantity of passages accumulated from the top priests and academics of the natural Land, or Shin, tuition of Buddhist educating makes a speciality of spiritual perform. Extending from the foundational texts and primary interpreters within the 4th century, to Rennyo within the fifteenth century, Professor Bloom's decisions hint the improvement of Shin Buddhist instructing from monastic visualization practices to the commonly renowned route to salvation via religion in, and recitation of, the identify of Amida Buddha. quantity 2 incorporates a foreword by means of Kenneth okay. Tanaka and an creation via well known student and editor, Alfred Bloom, whose chosen passages were prepared topically for simple reference on problems with natural Land instructing. the most important interpreters featured are the Seven nice academics from India, China, and Japan (Nagarjuna, Vasubandhu; T'an-luan, Tao-ch'o, Shan-tao; Genshin, Honen), chosen as doctrinal professionals by way of Shinran (1173-1263), the founding father of the japanese natural Land sect.

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Consequently, he turned to Pure Land teaching after having studied the Mahayana Nirvana Sutra. Central to his effort were lectures on the Contemplation Sutra, reputedly on 200 occasions. In his teaching he stressed the idea of mappo, thought to have begun in China in 552, reinforced by an age of social turmoil. In his major writing, Collection of Passages on the Land of Peace and Joy, Tao-ch’o introduced the distinction between the “saintly path” (“holy path,” “sagely path”) and the Pure Land teaching (Gate) [-074-; -081-].

These “wondrously good people,” coming from ordinary families, often rural, nurtured their simple, personal faith in nembutsu, maintaining its spirit in their daily lives. While these individuals have been praised by scholars as models of their deep faith and ardent piety, others point out their submission to authority and discounting of intellectuality. After World War II, a renewal of Buddhist and Jodo Shinshu studies in Japan and around the world has resulted in a broadening and increasing richness in the study and appreciation of Pure Land Buddhism.

Buddha and Society 5. Encountering the Buddha-Dharma E. Drama of the Human Condition: The Contemplation Sutra 1. Prince Ajatasatru’s Evil 2. Spiritual Emancipation in The Contemplation Sutra a. Queen Vaidehi: Visualization and Meditation b. Queen Vaidehi’s Aspiration for the Pure Land 3. The Contemplation Sutra and the Path to the Pure Land a. Visualizing the Pure Land b. The Thirteen Contemplations c. Vision of Amida d. Response to Buddha’s Teaching e. Benefits of Response to Buddha’s Teaching F.

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