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Original Enlightenment and the Transformation of Medieval Japanese Buddhism
Author Stone, Jacqueline I.
Date2003.08
Pages568
PublisherUniversity of Hawaii Press
Publisher Url http://www.uhpress.hawaii.edu
LocationHonolulu, HI, US [檀香山, 夏威夷州, 美國]
Content type書籍=Book
Language英文=English
NoteStudies in East Asian Buddhism, n. 12
Keyword鎌倉佛教=Kamakura Buddhism; 日本佛教史=Japanese Buddhist History
AbstractIs Enlightenment something that we acquire? Or are we really Enlightened already and just have to realize that? Is Enlightenment something that will take us uncounted ages to achieve? Or can we achieve Enlightenment in this life and in this body? Such were some of the key issues of Medieval Japanese Buddhism. Some of the most popular conclusions, that we are Enlightened already, i.e. are Originally Enlightened, and that we can achieve Enlightenment in this life and in this body, remain both popular and controversial even today. Jacqueline Stone takes us into the little known world of the Tendai temples and hermitages on Mt. Hiei, the stately mountain above Kyoto, where much of the doctrine of Original Enlightenment thought was developed -- and whence it spread to the famous founders of Kamakura Buddhism, including Honen and Nichiren. Stone gives us a panorama of what was going on, what we known about it (not enough), and the long history of what happened and the debates that continue down to the present, debates that involve scholars, sectarian apologists, and the religious practice of many people, not just in Japan, but around the world. A fundamental book for one of the great, and still growing, religious traditions in the world.
ISBN0824827716 (pbk)
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Created date2004.10.01
Modified date2014.04.21



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