The Three Pure Land Sutras: The Principle of Pure Land Buddhism

 
9784883630660: The Three Pure Land Sutras: The Principle of Pure Land Buddhism

Honen Shonin (1133-1212), as the founder of Japan's first independent Pure Land Buddhist community, is one of the most essential figures of Japanese Buddhism. As a basis for establishing his new community, Honen selected three essential sutras for the study and practice of the Pure Land way. These are what he called the Three Pure Land Sutras (Jodo Sanbukyo), consisting of the Larger and Smaller Sukhavativyuha Sutras and the Visualization Sutra. This publication is the first authoritative English translation of these sutras by Jodo Shu, the denomination that Honen founded in 1175. As the collaborative work of Jodo Shu's top scholars in a variety of fields and containing full annotation, this book is designed for both scholars as well as student-practitioners of Pure Land Buddhism and will be an important contribution to understanding Pure Land thought and practice in Japan.

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The Jodo Shu Pure Land denomination is the oldest independent Pure Land Buddhist denomination in Japan, founded by Honen in 1175. The Jodo Shu Research Institute was created in 1989 to relate traditional Buddhist studies with the various interests concerning the daily activities and duties of priests. In this way, its focus has been to bring together research that is in tune with the times.

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"This is a scholarly Jodo Shu translation into English of the three Pure Land sutras that Honen selected as most authoritative. That is, it has been carefully prepared with the most recent exegetical knowledge of how Honen's Jodo sect came to read them over their 800-year tradition, but it also incorporates the latest understanding from specialists in Classical Chinese and Sanskrit familiar with this material. The English is clear and precise, and textcritical notes are placed at the end of each section so as not to intrude on the reading experience. A product of many years of work by a group of scholars at the Jodo Shu Research Institute, this is a vital addition to our knowledge of Pure Land Buddhism in Japan." --Mark Blum, Professor of Buddhist Studies, University of California, Berkeley

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