A History of Japanese Buddhism by Kenji Matsuo PDF

By Kenji Matsuo

ISBN-10: 1905246412

ISBN-13: 9781905246410

ISBN-10: 1905246595

ISBN-13: 9781905246595

This primary significant examine in English on eastern Buddhism by means of one among Japan's so much distinct students within the box of non secular experiences is to be extensively welcomed. the main target of the paintings is at the culture of the monk (o-bo-san) because the major agent of Buddhism, including the historic tactics in which priests have built eastern Buddhism because it seems at this time.

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As documentary resources of ancient Japan are very limited, there are few incidents and episodes of which we can be certain. the same is true regarding figures such as Jesus Christ. It is only the legends collected in the Gospels and handed down to early churches that tell about Jesus Christ; consequently, some research papers 2 42 03 Chapter 02 HJB:Master Testpages HJB 10/10/07 11:21 Page 43 Ancient Buddhism – Official Monks doubting his existence have been published. But here, we assume that sho#toku actually existed.

3 did Prince sho#toku believe in Buddhism? this is not clear either. In the Nihon Shoki record of the pre-coronation of the Emperor Jo#mei, sho#toku is quoted as having enunciated classic Buddhist phrases such as, ‘this world is provisional and only the Buddha is the truth’, and ‘don’t do all kinds of evil acts; rather, do many kinds of good things instead’. From these descriptions, it has long been believed that Prince sho#toku was a Buddhist follower. However, it was subsequently revealed that these were the words of the Empress suiko and not those of Prince sho#toku.

It is difficult to know what kind of person sho#toku really was. Yet, it seems clear that he was born in 574 as a son of Emperor Yo#mei 用命天皇 (d. 587) and anahobe Hashihitono Himemiko 穴穂部間人皇女 (d. 622). the emperor died when sho#toku was fourteen years old, and he became regent to his aunt when she ascended the throne as suiko in 593 after a crisis in the royal family. Legend has it that Prince sho#toku was a precocious and devout child who became a great scholar of Buddhism. He insisted that Buddhism provided every person and every nation with teachings that they should follow, and a point of reference to 18 03 Chapter 02 HJB:Master Testpages HJB 10/10/07 11:21 Page 19 Ancient Buddhism – Official Monks rectify mistaken ideas and behaviours.

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