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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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Hōnen’s Appropriation of the Ōjōyōshū

Hōnen’s Appropriation of the Ōjōyōshū

(p.286) Chapter Eleven Hōnen’s Appropriation of the Ōjōyōshū
Genshin's Ojōyōshū and the Construction of Pure Land Discourse in Heian Japan

Robert F. Rhodes

University of Hawai'i Press

Finally, this chapter takes up how the nenbutsu teaching of the Ōjōyōshū was interpreted by the Kamakura period Pure Land monk Hōnen. Hōnen created a revolution in Japanese Pure Land Buddhism by advocating the “exclusive nenbutsu,” or the notion that the sole practice needed to achieve birth in the Pure Land is the recitation of “Namu Amidabutsu.” This chapter recounts how Hōnen interpreted the Ōjōyōshū in the light of his notion of exclusive nenbutsu, in order to appropriate Genshin’s text to lend authority to the exclusive nenbutsu teaching.

Keywords:   Hōnen, exclusive nenbutsu, Namu Amidabutsu

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