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The Dawn of Chinese Pure Land Buddhist Doctrine: Ching-Ying Hui-Yuan's Commentary on the Visualization Sutra
Author Tanaka, Kenneth K.
PublisherState University of New York Press (SUNY Press)
Publisher Url
LocationAlbany, NY, US [奧爾巴尼, 紐約州, 美國]
SeriesSUNY Series in Buddhist Studies
Content type書籍=Book
NoteKenneth K. Tanaka is Assistant Professor of Buddhist Studies and Assistant Dean at The Institute of Buddhist Studies: Graduate School and Seminary, an affiliate of the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. He is the editor of The Pacific World: The Journal of the Institute of Buddhist Studies.
Keyword淨土宗=Pure Land Buddhism=Shin Buddhsim; 中國佛教=Chinese Buddhism
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"Tanaka discusses a very important issue in Chinese Buddhism in an innovative way. The text that he has translated is Hui-yuan's Commentary on the Sutra of Visualization on the Buddha of Immeasurable Life, which is not only the oldest extant commentary on this sutra, but also the key text in the history of Pure Land Buddhism in China. In light of the growing interest in Pure Land Buddhism, this translation is truly a timely one. The translation, as well as the discussion of historical and doctrinal issues, is excellent." -- Sung-bae Park, State University of New York at Stony Brook

"The author has captured the spirit and has analyzed the various ideas that the founding fathers of Chinese Pure Land school had to work with. His perceptions of the roles of these scholars, their interaction, and their challenges are insightful. The book presents the whole Chinese Pure Land Buddhist movement at its inception. Hui-yuan's role is amply documented and shows his influence on other scholars, notably Shan-tao. The work also exhibits the extensive research and writings by modern Japanese scholars in the field." -- Kenneth K. Inada, State University of New York at Buffalo

"Pure Land Buddhism became the most important kind of Buddhism in China and Japan in terms of mass appeal. Thus knowledge of the beginnings of this phenomenon in China is very significant for our study of East Asian Buddhism in general. This is breaking new ground." -- Robert G. Henricks, Dartmouth College
Table of contentsAbbreviations and Conventions
Introduction: Challenge to Orthodoxy

Part 1
Chapter One: Pure Land Buddhist Development in India and China Prior to Hui-yuan 1
Chapter Two: Hui-yuan's Place in the Buddhism of North China 20
Chapter Three: Textual Background of the Commentary 38
Chapter Four: Treatment of the Kuan-ching 52
Chapter Five: Rebirth: Causes and Ranking 68
Chapter Six: Impact on the Shan-tao Commentary 93
Chapter Seven: Conclusion 108

Part II Translation of the Commentary
General Notes and Synopsis of the Kuan-ching 115
The Commenary on the Sutra of Visualization on the Buddha of Immeasurable Life by Sramana Hui-yuan 117
Appendix One: Rankings of the Buddhist Path (marga) 199
Notes 201
Glossary 249
Bibliography 277
Index 285
ISBN0791402975 (hc); 0791402983 (pbk)
Created date1998.04.28
Modified date2016.09.12

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