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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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“Fundamental Vow, Fundamental Word” (1972)

“Fundamental Vow, Fundamental Word” (1972)

(p.114) “Fundamental Vow, Fundamental Word” (1972)
Demythologizing Pure Land Buddhism

Paul B. Watt

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter explores the 1972 essay, “Fundamental Vow, Fundamental Word.” This essay brings together many of the themes that Yasuda had lectured and written about for decades—the deep connection between the Tathāgata and sentient beings, the centrality of practice, the true land, and so on. In discussing these themes, however, he places them in a new context and, by doing so, he is able to develop his points in new ways and tease out fresh meanings. His focus in this essay thus are the eight vows that provide the framework of Shinran's Kyōgyōshinshō and that are mentioned, with one exception, as the hyōkyo, the “extolled” or featured vow or vows at the beginning of each chapter.

Keywords:   Yasuda, Shin philosophy, Kyōgyōshinshō, Shinran, eight vows

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