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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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“A Name but Not a Name Alone” (1960)

“A Name but Not a Name Alone” (1960)

(p.58) “A Name but Not a Name Alone” (1960)
Demythologizing Pure Land Buddhism

Paul B. Watt

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter discusses Yasuda's 1960 lecture, “A Name but Not a Name Alone.” The lecture deals with a subject at the heart of Shin Buddhism—the correct understanding of the name of Amida Buddha. Both the lecture and its title were drawn from a 1960 meeting with Protestant theologian Paul Tillich (1886–1965), one of several theologians whose writings Yasuda had studied. Yasuda's encounter with Tillich spurred him to present a lecture at the Kyoto temple Senyūji on the occasion of the celebration of his sixtieth birthday in September 1960. The title, “A Name but Not a Name Alone,” were words that, as Yasuda explains at the beginning of his talk, Tillich wrote on a tanzaku—a narrow strip of paper intended for short poems or calligraphy—as a memento of their meeting.

Keywords:   Yasuda, Amida Buddha, Paul Tillich, Senyūji, Amida, Shin philosophy

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