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Demythologizing Pure Land BuddhismYasuda Rijin and the Shin Buddhist Tradition$
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Paul B. Watt

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780824856328

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824856328.001.0001

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Introduction: Yasuda Rijin and the Shin Buddhist Tradition

Introduction: Yasuda Rijin and the Shin Buddhist Tradition

(p.1) Part I Introduction: Yasuda Rijin and the Shin Buddhist Tradition (p.2)
Demythologizing Pure Land Buddhism

Paul B. Watt

University of Hawai'i Press

This introductory chapter provides a brief historical background of the Shin Buddhist tradition. It pinpoints two Buddhist leaders who advocated an exclusive reliance on the celestial buddha Amida for birth in his Pure Land at the beginning of the Kamakura period (1185–1333)—during a time of dramatic political, social, and religious change. These figures are Hōnen (1133–1212), the patriarch of the Jōdoshū or Pure Land Sect, and his disciple Shinran (1173–1262), who came to be regarded as the originator of the Jōdo Shinshū or True Pure Land Sect, or Shin Buddhism as it is often called in modern scholarship. This chapter also introduces Yasuda Rijin (1900–1982), a modern Shin Buddhist thinker whose work involved a “demythologizing” of the popular understanding of Shin Buddhism.

Keywords:   Shin Buddhism, Yasuda Rijin, Hōnen, Shinran, demythologizing, Amida, Buddhism

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