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The origins and development of Pure Land Buddhism : a study and translation of Gyōnen's Jōdo Hōmon Genrushō

Author: 凝然(1240-1321) ; Mark Laurence Blum; Gyōnen
Publisher: Oxford ; New York, N.Y. : Oxford University Press, 2002.
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"In this study, Mark L. Blum combines a critical look at the thought and impact of the late-thirteenth-century intellectual Gyonen and the emergent Pure Land school of Buddhism founded by Honen. Gyonen created a hermeneutic that presented Buddhism as a historical expression of universal values with roots outside of Japan. His Pure Land text is a work that documents the transmission and philosophical evolution of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Gyōnen; Gyonen.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: 凝然(1240-1321) ; Mark Laurence Blum; Gyōnen
ISBN: 019512524X 9780195125245
OCLC Number: 42643570
Language Note: Text in English; facsimile in Japanese.
Description: xxi, 470 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. I. Gyonen and Kamakura Pure Land Buddhism --
1. The legacy of Honen: Japanese Pure Land Buddhism in the Kamakura period --
2. Forging an historical identity for Pure Land Buddhism: as Gyonen saw it --
3. The life and thought of Gyonen: from precepts to Pure Land --
4. Gyonen as Buddhist historian: scholarship as praxis --
5. Textcritic information: a history of the Jodo homon genrusho --
pt. II. The Origins and Development of the Pure Land Teaching: Translation of the Jodo homon genrusho --
1. Scripture --
2. Propagation of the Pure Land teaching and lineage: India --
3. China --
4. Japan (up to Honen) --
5. Kosai and the one nenbutsu --
6. Ryukan and the many nenbutsu --
7. Shoku and the seizan branch --
8. Shoko and the chinzei branch, chosai, and others --
Colophon to the Bunka edition --
pt. III. Facsimile of the 1814 Xylograph of the Jodo homon genrusho --
App. A. Concordance to the Jodo homon genrusho facsimile --
App. B. Gyonen's Pure Land beliefs --
App. C. Extant works of Gyonen.
Responsibility: Mark L. Blum.
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This work offers a critical look at the thought and impact of the 13th-century Buddhist historian Gyonen (1240-1321) and the "Pure Land" school of Buddhism founded by Honen (1133-1212). Also included  Read more...

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