Cover of Senchaku Hongan Nembutsu Shū:
ISBN: 
1-886439-05-2
Publisher: 
BDK America
Pages: 
248
Publish Date: 
1997
Format: 
Hardcover
Translator(s): 
Morris Augustine and Tessho Kondo
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The Senchaku Hongan Nembutsu Shū: A Collection of Passages on the Nembutsu Chosen in the Original Vow is the principle work by Hōnen (Genkū), founder of the Pure Land School (Jōdo Shū) in Japan. Drawing onThe Three Pure Land Sutras, and earlier works in the Mahayana canon, it espouses the recitation of the name of Amitāyus as the fundamental cause for rebirth in the Pure Land. Complete in one volume.

Key work by Honen, patriarch of the Japanese Pure Land School
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Taishō 2608

Volume 83

Senchaku Hongan Nembutsu Shū

A Collection of Passages on the Nembutsu Chosen in the Original Vow .is the principal work of Genkū (Hōnen), the founder of the Pure Land School (Jōdo Shū) in Japan. It is regarded as the basic text of this school.

In 16 chapters it presents a systematic outline of Pure Land Buddhism, quoting in detail from the three basic sūtras of Pure Land Buddhism in Japan (Taishō 360, 365, and 366), the commentary (Taishō 1753) by Shan-dao (Jpn. Zendo) on the Amitāyurdhyāna-sūtra and many other related works. The result is a detailed exposition of the thesis that the nembutsu (recitation of the name of Amida Buddha) is the fundamental cause for rebirth in the Pure Land. In the process, however, the collection criticizes traditional Buddhist schools founded during the Nara and Heian Periods. As a result this work met with strong criticism from the traditional Buddhist schools, and many works refuting the author’s views appeared even during his lifetime. Regardless, Genku's text proved to be the most important single literary work in the establishment of the Pure Land School as an independent school of Buddhism in Japan. 

Source
Jp. Senchaku hongan nembutsu shū (選擇本願念佛集), composed by Genkū. 1 fascicle.

Table of Contents

A Message on the Publication of the English Tripiṭaka     NUMATA Yehan     v
Editorial Foreword     MAYEDASengaku     vii
Publisher’s Foreword     Kenneth Inada     ix


Translator’s Introduction     Morris Augustine     1
Chapter I    The Two Gateways   
7
Chapter II    The Right and Miscellaneous Practices   17
Chapter III    The Original Vow   29
Chapter IV    The Three Classes of People  43
Chapter V    The Benefits of the Nembutsu   53
Chapter VI    The Nembutsu Alone Will Remain  57
Chapter VII    The Light of Amida Envelops the Nembutsu Practitioners  63
Chapter VIII    The Three Minds  67
Chapter IX    The Four Modes of Practice  87
Chapter X    Praise from the Transformation Buddha  93
Chapter XI    The Nembutsu Practice Is Praised above the Miscellaneous Practices  97
Chapter XII Only the Nembutsu Was Transmitted to Ānanda  105
Chapter XIII    The Nembutsu Is the Source of Much Good  119
Chapter XIV   The Many Buddhas Bear Witness Only to the Nembutsu  123
Chapter XV    All the Buddhas Protect Those Who Utter the Nembutsu  127
Chapter XVI    Sakyamuni Transmitted Amida’s Name to Sariputra  131


Glossary 143
Bibliography 165
Index 167
A List of the Volumes of the BDK English Tripiṭaka (First Series) 171

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