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The Origins and Development of Pure Land Buddhism
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The Origins and Development of Pure Land Buddhism: A Study and Translation of Gyonen's Jodo Homon Genrusho

Mark L. Blum


In this book, Mark Blum offers a critical look at the thought and impact of the late thirteenth‐century Buddhist historian Gyōnen (1240–1321) and the emergent Pure Land school of Buddhism founded by Hōnen (1133–1212). Blum also provides a clear and fully annotated translation of Gyōnen's Jōdo Hōmon Genrushō, the first history of Pure Land Buddhism, and his only known surviving Pure Land text. Part I of the study, Gyōnen and Kamakura Pure Land Buddhism, largely concerns Gyōnen himself. One of his most lasting impacts was as fashioner of a view of Buddhist history that Japanese society was to fi ... More

Keywords: bibliographies, Buddhism, Buddhist history, Genrushō, Gyōnen, Hōnen, Japan, Pure Land school of Buddhism, translations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195125245
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/019512524X.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark L. Blum, editor
State University of New York at Albany
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