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The Problem of the True and the False in Contemporary Shin Buddhist Studies: True Shin Buddhism and False Shin Buddhism
Author Shigaraki, Takamaro ; Matsumoto, David
Source Pacific World: Journal of the Institute of Buddhist Studies
Volumen.3 Third Series
Pages27 - 52
PublisherInstitute of Buddhist Studies
Publisher Url
LocationBerkeley, CA, US [伯克利, 加利福尼亞州, 美國]
Content type期刊論文=Journal Article
Note1. On Contemporary Shin Buddhist Thought
2. Author Affiliations: Professor Emeritus Ryukoku University, Kyoto
Keyword佛教人物=Buddhist; 佛學研究=佛教學=Buddhist Studies=Buddhology; 淨土宗=Pure Land Buddhism=Shin Buddhism; Buddhist school=宗派; Pure Land=淨土; Sukhavati=極樂世界; Pure Land School=淨土宗; 輪迴=轉世=Reincarnation=Rebirth=Samsara; Amida Buddha=Amitabha Buddha=阿彌陀佛
AbstractIn this discussion, I have offered three conclusions:
1. Amida Buddha exists as a symbol, and must not be taken to be a substantial entity.
2. Shinjin in Shin Buddhism is a non-dualistic, or, subjective “experience of awakening.” It should not be understood in a dualistic, or, objectifying way.
3. Shin Buddhism is a religion of path, and must not be understood to be a religion concerned with power.
I believe that, as long as our understanding of Shin Buddhist doctrine does not clearly return, at least in regard to these three points, to a “true Shin Buddhism,” it will not be accepted or understood well by many persons on the international stage today. Further, anything other than a “true Shin Buddhism” will be unable to speak affirmatively as a religion with a fully developed societal presence or respond to the range of problems that are sure to gush forth from human society in the years to come.
ISSN08973644 (E)
Created date2007.10.22
Modified date2021.02.03

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