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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 Interpretation of the Nenbutsu

Genshin’s Interpretation of the Nenbutsu

(p.226) Chapter Nine Genshin’s Interpretation of the Nenbutsu
Genshin's Ojōyōshū and the Construction of Pure Land Discourse in Heian Japan

Robert F. Rhodes

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter describes the practice of the nenbutsu (the practice of focusing one’s mind on Amida Buddha) which, according to Genshin, is the central practice for attaining birth in the Pure Land. Genshin describes the nenbutsu practice using the scheme of the five gates of mindfulness recounted in Vasubandhu’s Wangshenglun (Pure Land Treatise). In this section, Genshin provides a systematic classification of the nenbutsu practice which, in his opinion, encompasses everything from the advanced practice of entering a state of meditative absorption and visualizing Amida Buddha while in that state, down to the simple recitation of the phrase “Namu Amidabutsu” (Homage to Amida Buddha).

Keywords:   Nenbutsu, five gates of mindfulness, Vasubandhu, Wangshenglun, Namu Amidabutsu

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