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The Shin Buddhist Classical Tradition

by Kenneth K. Tanaka

The Shin Buddhist Classical Tradition Synopsis

This second volume of passages gathered from the leading monks and teachers of the Pure Land, or Shin, school of Buddhist teaching focuses on religious practice. Extending from the foundational texts and first interpreters in the 4th century, to Rennyo in the 15th century, Professor Bloom's selections trace the development of Shin Buddhist teaching from monastic visualization practices to the widely popular path to salvation through faith in, and recitation of, the name of Amida Buddha. Volume 2 features a foreword by Kenneth K. Tanaka and an introduction by renowned scholar and editor, Alfred Bloom, whose selected passages have been arranged topically for easy reference on issues of Pure Land teaching. The key interpreters featured are the Seven Great Teachers from India, China, and Japan (Nagarjuna, Vasubandhu; T'an-luan, Tao-ch'o, Shan-tao; Genshin, Honen), selected as doctrinal authorities by Shinran (1173-1263), the founder of the Japanese Pure Land sect.

The Shin Buddhist Classical Tradition Press Reviews

Alfred Bloom's new anthology brings together a wide range of excerpts from sutras, commentaries, sermons, essays, letters, poetry, and other sources. Many of these materials have hitherto not been readily available in English translation. The volume's thematic arrangement recommends it to both scholars and general readers. It will be welcomed by those interested in Shinran's intellectual antecedents as well as the broader East Asian tradition of Pure Land Buddhism. -- Jacqueline Stone, Princeton University, author of Original Enlightenment and the Transformation of Medieval Japanese Buddhism Professor Alfred Bloom has spent a full and productive career making the ideas and values of Shin Buddhism accessible to English readers. In this momentous undertaking, he brings together his lifetime of insights into the tradition by gathering and organizing passages from the complete range of Pure Land teachings. Like Shinran's Kyogyoshinsho, Bloom's selections serve as a handbook for personal study and engagement with the tradition. Keeping his own commentary to a minimum, Bloom leaves it to his readers to discover the spiritual riches for themselves. -- Thomas P. Kasulis, Ohio State University The Shin Buddhist Classical Tradition symbolizes Dr. Bloom's deep personal wish for this branch of Buddhism to be made known to as wide an audience as possible. The vital passages of the tradition are categorized along topics that make the teachings more accessible to a contemporary audience regardless of their previous knowledge of Pure Land Buddhism -- Kenneth K. Tanaka, Musashino University, author of The Dawn of Chinese Pure Land Buddhist Doctrine

Book Information

ISBN: 9781936597383
Publication date: 1st October 2014
Author: Kenneth K. Tanaka
Publisher: World Wisdom Books
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 208 pages
Categories: Buddhist sacred texts,

About Kenneth K. Tanaka

Alfred Bloom is one of the foremost authorities on Shin Buddhism. He received his PhD. from Harvard, and he is former professor at the University of Hawaii and Dean of the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, California. He is the editor of The Essential Shinran and The Shin Buddhist Classical Tradition: A Reader in Pure Land Teaching, Vol. 1. He lives in Kailua, HI.

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