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The Shin Buddhist Classical Tradition : A Reader in Pure Land Teaching, Paperback / softback Book

The Shin Buddhist Classical Tradition : A Reader in Pure Land Teaching Paperback / softback

Edited by Alfred Bloom


This book is an anthology of passages gathered from the leading monks and teachers of the Pure Land, or Shin, school of Buddhist teaching.

Extending from the foundational texts and first interpreters in the 4th century, to Rennyo in the15th 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.

The collection features a foreword by Kenneth K. Tanaka and an insightful 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.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 264 pages
  • Publisher: World Wisdom Books
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Buddhist sacred texts
  • ISBN: 9781936597277



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