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The Lotus Sutra as the Core of Japanese Buddhism: Shifts in Representations of its Fundamental Principle
Author Asai, Endo (著)=浅井円道 (au.)
Source Japanese Journal of Religious Studies
Volumev.41 n.1
Pages45 - 64
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
KeywordLotus Sutra; Zhiyi; Zhanran; ichinen sanzen; Saichō; Nichiren; zuien shinnyo
AbstractMuch of the foundational thought of Japanese Buddhism derives from the Lotus Sutra. This article explores how the sutra’s essence or fundamental principle was variously understood by some of its foremost interpreters. It examines the Chinese Tiantai master Zhiyi’s concept of “three thousand realms in a single thought-moment” (ichinen sanzen) and its reception in Japan; Saichō’s notion of all dharmas as Suchness according with conditions (zuien shinnyo); and Ennin’s reading of Saichō’s concept of suchness in terms of the esoteric A-syllable as the ground of all phenomena. Lastly, the essay turns to Nichiren, who made Zhiyi’s “three thousand realms in a single thought-moment” the
foundation of his doctrine and practice, equating this principle with the daimoku or title of the Lotus Sutra and the Wonderful Dharma (myōhō) itself.
ISSN03041042 (P)
Created date2014.07.11
Modified date2017.09.14

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