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Author Machida, Soho, 1950-
Title Renegade monk : Honen and Japanese Pure Land Buddhism / Soho Machida ; translated and edited by Ioannis Mentzas.
Imprint Berkeley : University of California Press, 1999.

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Author Machida, Soho, 1950-
Subject Honen, 1133-1212.
Jodoshu Buddhists -- Doctrines.
Pure Land Buddhism -- Japan -- History.
Alt Name Mentzas, Ioannis.
Description 1 online resource (ix, 203 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-191) and index.
Contents 1. Constructed Death -- 2. This Side of Despair -- 3. Imagination and Experience -- 4. Death and Imagination -- 5. The Ethic of Inversion -- 6. The Degeneration of Death.
Summary The Pure Land Sect of Japanese Buddhism is the strongest Buddhist sect in Japan, with three and a half million followers. In this book, Soho Machida provides the first detailed, objective account in English of the life and thought of its founder, Honenbo Genku (1133-1212), known as Honen. Honen's main tenet was that the simple incantation of namu Amida butsu was sufficient to attain salvation. This represented an irreconcilable break with the traditional Buddhism of the time, which advocated asceticism and reinscribed the preexisting class structure in the afterlife. With his dramatic teachings, Honen revolutionized religious thinking in Japan and attained a large following despite resounding criticism from his contemporaries. His main disciple, Shinran, carried the sect to the next generation, and Shinran's thought has received much scholarly attention; however, Honen's has rarely been studied. Opening with the chaos of Kyoto during Honen's lifetime, Machida explores Honen's social context to discover the roots of his thought and the source of his popularity. -- Provided by publisher.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 0585301751 (electronic bk.)
9780585301754 (electronic bk.)
0520211790 (alk. paper)
9780520211797 (alk. paper)
OCLC # 47011785
Additional Format Print version: Machida, Soho, 1950- Renegade monk. Berkeley : University of California Press, 1999 0520211790 (DLC) 98022139 (OCoLC)39182488
Table of Contents
 Acknowledgments 
 Abbreviations 
 Introduction1
1Constructed Death23
2This Side of Despair47
3Imagination and Experience69
4Death and Imagination95
5The Ethic of Inversion113
6The Degeneration of Death132
 App: Bibliographical Sources159
 Notes165
 Glossary177
 Bibliography187
 Index193



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