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Nichiren's View of Nation and Religion
Author Sato, Hiroo (著)=佐藤弘夫 (au.)
Source Japanese Journal of Religious Studies
Volumev.26 n.3-4
Date1999
Pages307 - 323
PublisherNanzan Institute for Religion and Culture=南山宗教文化研究所
Publisher Url http://nirc.nanzan-u.ac.jp/en/
Location名古屋, 日本 [Nagoya, Japan]
Content type期刊論文=Journal Article
Language英文=English
KeywordNichiren; Nichirenism; nation; kokka; Tennõ; emperor; buppõ-õbõ
AbstractA concern with “peace of the nation ” was an integral part of Nichiren,s
religious vision. This paper examines Nichiren’s understanding' of the
term “nation” (kokka), which for him pertained not so much to the politi­
cal power structure, as much as to the land and the people who lived there­
in. His view of the Tenno and of earthly political power can then be seen
in this light, as instruments toward establishing peace in the land and
among the people. For Nichiren the highest value is the Transcendent
Power who is none other than Sakyamuni Buddha, before whom all
human beings stand on an equal plane. Failure on the part of political
rulers to achieve the goal for which they are in power, that is, “peace of the
nation, ” results in their fall from power, and even death, or punishment
in hell. This paper also surveys how tms revolutionary message of
Nichiren was modified by his followers in the course of Japanese history.
ISSN03041042 (P)
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Created date2013.01.10
Modified date2019.08.26



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