The Dawn of Chinese Pure Land Buddhist Doctrine: Ching-ying Hui-yuan's Commentary on the Visualization Sutra

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Item Code: IDE875
Author: Kenneth K. Tanaka
Publisher: Sri Satguru Publications
Language: English
Edition: 1995
ISBN: 8170304466
Pages: 328
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 8.7" X 5.7"
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From the Jacket:

"Tanaka discusses a very important issue in Chinese Buddhism in an innovative way. The text that he has translated in Hui-Yuan's Commentary on the Sutra of Visualization on the Buddha of Immeasurable Life, which is not only the oldest extant commentary on this sutra, but also the key text in the history of Pure Land Buddhism in China. In light of the growing interest in Pure Land Buddhism, this translation is truly a timely one. The translation, as well as the discussion on historical and doctrinal issues, is excellent." - Sung bae Park, State University of New york at Stony Brook.

"The author has captured the spirit and has analyzed the various ideas that the founders of Chinese Pure Land School had to work with. His perception of the roles of these scholars, their interaction, and their challenges are insightful. The book presents the whole Chinese Pure Land Buddhist movement of its inception. Hui-yuan's role is amply documented and shows his influence on other scholars, notably Shan-tao. The work also exhibits the extensive research and writings by modern Japanese scholars in the field" - Kenneth K. Inada, State University of New York at Buffalo.

"Pure Land Buddhism became the most important kind of Buddhism in China and Japan in terms of mass appeal. Thus knowledge of the beginnings of this phenomenon in China is very significant for our study of East Asian Buddhism in general. This is breaking new ground" - Robert G. Henricks, Dartmouth College.

About the Author

Kenneth K. Tanaka, Associate Professor and the Rev. Yashitaka Tamai Professor of Jodo-Shinshu Buddhist Studies at the Institute of Buddhist Studies; Graduate School and Seminary, an affiliate of the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. He is the Editor of the Pacific World: The Journal of the Institute of Buddhist Studies.


Abbreviations and Conventionsxiii
Introduction: Challenge to Orthodoxyxv

Part I

Chapter One: Pure Land Buddhist Development in India and China Prior to Hui-yuan1
Chapter Two: Hui-yuan's Place in the Buddhism of North China20
Chapter Three: Textual Background of the Commentary38
Chapter Four: Treatment of the Kuan-ching52
Chapter Five: Rebirth: Causes and Ranking68
Chapter Six: Impact on the Shan-tao Commentary93
Chapter Seven: Conclusion108

Part II Translation of the Commentary

General Notes and Synopsis of the Kuan-ching115
The Commentary on the Sutra of Visualization on the Buddha of Immeasurable Life by Sramana Hui-yuan117
Appendix One: Rankings of the Buddhist Path (marga)199

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