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James W. Heisig, Thomas P. Kasulis, and John C. Maraldo

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780824835521

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824835521.001.0001

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The Pure Land Tradition

The Pure Land Tradition

Chapter:
(p.235) The Pure Land Tradition
Source:
Japanese Philosophy
Author(s):
James W. Heisig, Thomas P. Kasulis, John C. Maraldo
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824835521.003.0004

This section provides an overview of the Pure Land tradition and discusses its philosophical significance. Pure Land Buddhism was formulated in China in the sixth and seventh centuries, based on Indian scriptures that were interpreted according to indigenous Chinese thinking. Today, the name “Pure Land” is used to refer to either a line of Buddhist thinking or a cluster of Buddhist institutions. Buddhist practitioners can create a “sacred space” within their own mind when they attain the most advanced forms of meditation; when they dwell in that state of mind, they are similarly “dwelling in a pure land.” This section also presents translations of a variety of texts by Japanese philosophers from the Pure Land tradition, including Hōnen, Shinran, Kiyozawa Manshi, Soga Ryōjin, and Yasuda Rijin.

Keywords:   meditation, Pure Land Buddhism, Japanese philosophers, Hōnen, Shinran, Kiyozawa Manshi, Soga Ryōjin, Yasuda Rijin

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