Approaching the Land of Bliss : Religious Praxis in the Cult of Amitabha

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2003-10-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Hawaii Pr
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The discourse of Buddhist studies has traditionally been structured around texts and nations (the transmission of Buddhism from India to China to Japan). And yet, it is doubtful that these categories reflect in any significant way the organizing themes familiar to most Buddhists. It could be argued that cultic practices associated with particular buddhas and bodhisattvas are more representative of the way Buddhists conceive of their relation to tradition. This volume aims to explore this aspect of Buddhism by focusing on one of its most important cults, that of the Buddha Amitabha. Approaching the Land of Bliss is a rich collection of studies of texts and ritual practices devoted to Amitabha, ranging from Tibet to Japan and from early medieval times to the present.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Richard K. Payne
1 Pure Land Buddhism in Tibet? From SukhŃvati to the Field of Great Bliss
Matthew T. Kapstein
2 Shengchang's Pure Conduct Society and the Chinese Pure Land Patriarchate
Daniel Getz
3 By the Power of One s Last Nenbutsu: Deathbed Practices in Early Medieval Japan
Jacqueline I. Stone
4 Amida's Secret Life: Kakuban's Amida hishaku
James H. Sanford
5 "Show Me the Place Where My Mother Is!": Ch˙j§hime, Preaching, and Relics in Late Medieval and Early Modern Japan
Hank Glassman
6 "Just Behave as You Like; Prohibitions and Impurities Are Not a Problem": Radical Amida Cults and Popular Religiosity in Premodern Japan
Fabio Rambelli
7 Ungo Kiy§'s Oj§y§ka and Rinzai Zen Orthodoxy
Richard M. Jaffe
8 From Generalized Goal to Tantric Subordination: SukhŃvati in the Indic Buddhist Traditions of Nepal
Todd T. Lewis
9 Buddha One: A One-Day Buddha-Recitation Retreat in Contemporary Taiwan
Charles B. Jones
Character Glossary 281(8)
Contributors 289(2)
Index 291

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