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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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“Humans as Bodhisattvas” (1962)

“Humans as Bodhisattvas” (1962)

(p.89) “Humans as Bodhisattvas” (1962)
Demythologizing Pure Land Buddhism

Paul B. Watt

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter presents a translation of the 1962 essay, “Humans as Bodhisattvas.” As explained in the previous chapter, in the lecture “A Name but Not a Name Alone,” Yasuda had clarified the meaning of the name, Namu Amida Butsu as the expression of the existential realization of one's ultimate grounding in the true nature of reality that transcends provisional names and yet enables one to engage the world of provisional names in a constructive way. “Humans as Bodhisattvas” further develops the latter theme, touching again on the relationship between ordinary persons and bodhisattvas and explaining the connection between self-awareness and the bodhisattva's world-engaging conduct.

Keywords:   Yasuda, bodhisattvas, self-awareness, world-engaging conduct, reality, provisional names, Shin philosophy

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