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Book Review: "Asura's Harp: Engagement with Language as Buddhist Path," by Dennis Hirota
Author O'Leary, Joseph S.
Source Japanese Journal of Religious Studies
Volumev.37 n.1
Pages167 - 170
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; 書評=Book Review
NoteSpecial issue: Religion and the Japanese Empire

Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2006. x + 156 pp. Philosophy
and Realist Phenomenology, vol. 17. Paper, €25.00. isbn
KeywordBuddhist Path
AbstractDennis Hirota’s short but dense book brings the reader into contact with the heart of Shinran’s teaching, revealing him to be not merely the propagator of a devotion or a path to salvation, but a radical thinker who, like the Zen masters, overturns the conventions of everyday understanding and discloses a different vision of truth, one that cannot be summarized conceptually but has to be lived. Hirota vindicates the intellectual comprehensiveness and radicality of Pure Land, which steps aside from everyday thinking not into blind devotion but to a higher plane of insight. His work is of crucial significance in reconciling the rich imagery of an ancient religious tradition with the constraints of contemporary rationality, and in bringing out the living spirit of Pure Land Buddhism, so easily lost sight...
ISSN03041042 (P)
Created date2010.08.12
Modified date2017.09.07

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