Interpreting Amida: History and Orientalism in the Study of Pure Land Buddhism

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Pure Land Buddhism was the largest traditional religion in Japan. It had an enormous impact on Japanese culture and was among the first forms of Buddhism encountered by Western culture. Not only has it been neglected in modern descriptions of Japan, but it also has been relatively ignored by Buddhist studies. The author shows that Pure Land Buddhism, despite a Mahayana Buddhist philosophical basis, has paralleled the social and political qualities associated with the Judeo-Christian tradition. It has variously been ...

Interpreting Amida: History and Orientalism in the Study of Pure Land Buddhism 1997, State University of New York Press, Albany, NY

ISBN-13: 9780791433102

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