Japanese Pure Land Philosophy

[Revised entry by Dennis Hirota on October 9, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Pure Land Buddhist teachings have played a major role in Japanese intellectual and social life from the
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[Revised entry by Dennis Hirota on October 9, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Pure Land Buddhist teachings have played a major role in Japanese intellectual and social life from the sixth century CE, when emissaries from the Korean peninsula first officially introduced Buddhist images and texts to the Japanese court, down to the present. While the influence of the Zen tradition on Japanese thought and culture is widely acknowledged, the role of Pure Land Buddhist concepts and sensibilities have tended to...

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