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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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Writings from the Kōbō Years (1930–1933)

Writings from the Kōbō Years (1930–1933)

(p.45) Writings from the Kōbō Years (1930–1933)
Demythologizing Pure Land Buddhism

Paul B. Watt

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter explores Yasuda's writings from the formation of the Kōbō Academy for Advancing the Dharma in 1930. The repression of Kaneko's and Soga's views in the late 1920s caused the founding members of Kōbō to live with a sense of urgency about their times and about the need to preserve and explore further the fresh understandings of Shin Buddhism that these scholars had articulated. One of the consequences of the new interpretations that Kaneko and Soga advanced was to put Shin Buddhism in a closer dialogue with the larger Buddhism tradition, which is reflected in the two Yasuda essays to be studied in this chapter: “The Practical Understanding of Buddhism” (1931) and “The Mirror of Nothingness” (1931).

Keywords:   Kōbō Academy, Kaneko Daiei, Soga Ryōjin, Kōbō Gakuen, The Practical Understanding of Buddhism, The Mirror of Nothingness, Yasuda

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