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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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“The Homeland of Existence” (1964)

“The Homeland of Existence” (1964)

(p.101) “The Homeland of Existence” (1964)
Demythologizing Pure Land Buddhism

Paul B. Watt

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter recounts another essay, “The Homeland of Existence,” published two years after “Humans as Bodhisattvas,” in 1964. The essay explores the theme of the deep human longing for a homeland and, as a response to that longing, the ultimate Pure Land as understood in Yasuda's Shin philosophy. The Pure Land, as one might expect, is not a land different from the one humans inhabit; it is not external to us. Rather it is our land correctly understood. It is the land in which human beings understand their true natures as rooted in thusness, and that awareness liberates humans to live at ease in the present.

Keywords:   Yasuda, homeland, Pure Land, Shin philosophy, thusness, awareness, true land

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