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- DescriptionIn the wide range of Buddhist meditation and spirituality a very special place is held by the practice of calling on the name of Amitabha, or in Japanese Amida Buddha, using the simplest of formulas, the nenbutsu. Japanese masters such as Honen, Shinran and others made this the core of a profound spiritual experience which has fascinated numberless followers ever since. The deeper meaning of the nenbutsu has therefore become a major topic in Buddhist thought which has been reflected on by various thinkers and teachers to this day, especially in the context of Shin Buddhism. In this book, which draws on classic articles first published in The Eastern Buddhist, major historic proponents and masters of the nenbutsu are introduced, in particular Shinran, Shoku, Ippen and Rennyo. Further contributions, which set the work of these masters into the wider context of Buddhist tradition, are in fact some of the earliest Buddhist voicesA to emerge from modern Japan into global view. Yet the presentations of writers such as Sasaki Gessho, Yamabe Shugaku and Sugihira Shizutoshi have a freshness and an immediacy which speaks to us today.
- Author BiographyMichael Pye was Professor of Religionswissenschaft at Marburg University in Germany until his formal retirement in 2004, and since then he has been a visiting professor at Otani University in Kyoto. For many years he was the General Secretary and then the President (1995-2000) of the International Association for the History of Religions. His writings have ranged widely over the methodology of the study of religions, studies in Buddhist thought and many aspects of contemporary Japanese religion. Major publications include Skilful Means, A Concept in Mahayana Buddhism (London 1978; 2nd ed. London 2003) and Emerging from Meditation (Translations from Tominaga Nakamoto) (London and Honolulu 1990).
- Author(s)Michael Pye
- PublisherEquinox Publishing Ltd
- Date of Publication26/04/2011
- SubjectNon-Christian Religions
- Series TitleEastern Buddhist Voices
- Series Part/Volume Numberv. 1
- Place of PublicationLondon
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintEquinox Publishing Ltd
- Content Note13 figures
- Weight2 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
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