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Nichiren Shonin's View of Humanity: The Final Dharma Age and the Three Thousand Realms in One Thought-Moment
Author Asai, Endo (著)=浅井円道 (au.)
Source Japanese Journal of Religious Studies
Volumev.26 n.3-4
Pages239 - 259
PublisherNanzan Institute for Religion and Culture=南山宗教文化研究所
Publisher Url
Location名古屋, 日本 [Nagoya, Japan]
Content type期刊論文=Journal Article
Keywordmappõ; Nichiren=日蓮; jiriki; self-power; tariki; Other Power; ichinen sanzen; Hõnen
AbstractNichiren, like others regarded as the “founders” of the new Buddhist movements of the Kamakura period, takes as his starting point belief in theFinal Dharma age (mappõ), when human capacity is said to have greatly declined, and liberation to be extremely dif3 cult to achieve. Yet while mappõ thought entails a recognition of human limitations, Nichiren also maintaine faith in the possibility of human enlightenment, on the basis of his understanding of the Tendai concept of “three thousand realms in one thought-moment”(ichinen sanzen), which sets forth the potential for buddhahood in ordinary worldlings. This classic essay, 3 rst published in 1968 and translated here from its reprint in 1997, analyzes how these two concepts of human capacity—one negating, the other af3 rming—are maintained in a dynamic tension at the foundation of Nichiren’s thought. It also presents an illuminating comparison with the teachings of Hõnen, another of the new Buddhist founders who lived slightly before Nichiren and had addressed similar issues.
ISSN03041042 (P)
Created date2007.09.05
Modified date2017.08.28

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