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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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Genshin’s Early Years

Genshin’s Early Years

(p.107) Chapter Five Genshin’s Early Years
Genshin's Ojōyōshū and the Construction of Pure Land Discourse in Heian Japan

Robert F. Rhodes

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter focuses on Genshin’s early life, from his birth up to the time he secluded himself in Yokawa in the northern outskirts of the Enryakuji, the head Tendai monastery on Mt. Hiei. It also discusses the life of Genshin’s teacher Ryōgen (912-985), since the factionalism on Mt. Hiei which was aggravated by Ryōgen’s actions to extend his authority within the monastery played a major role in Genshin’s decision to seclude himself in Yokawa.

Keywords:   Yokawa, Enryakuji, Mt. Hiei, Ryōgen, factionalism

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