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Genshin's Ojōyōshū and the Construction of Pure Land Discourse in Heian Japan$
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Robert F. Rhodes

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780824872489

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824872489.001.0001

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The Introduction of Pure Land Buddhism to Japan

The Introduction of Pure Land Buddhism to Japan

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(p.40) Chapter Two The Introduction of Pure Land Buddhism to Japan
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Genshin's Ojōyōshū and the Construction of Pure Land Discourse in Heian Japan
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Robert F. Rhodes

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824872489.003.0003

This chapter takes up the early development of Pure Land Buddhism in Japan, focusing especially on the Nara period (710-794). In this early period, Pure Land Buddhism was understood primarily as a religion to ensure the post-mortem welfare of one’s relatives and ancestors but by the Heian period, it came to be seen as a way of attaining one’s own birth in the Pure Land. By the Nara period, all of the major Pure Land sūtras and treatises had been transmitted to Japan and scholar-monks began to produce highly sophisticated studies on Pure Land texts.

Keywords:   Nara, ancestors, Pure Land sūtras

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