By Kenneth K. Tanaka
"Tanaka discusses an important factor in chinese language Buddhism in an leading edge approach. The textual content that he has translated is Hui-yuan's Commentary at the Sutra of Visualization at the Buddha of Immeasurable Life, which isn't purely the oldest extant remark in this sutra, but in addition the most important textual content within the historical past of natural Land Buddhism in China. In gentle of the growing to be curiosity in natural Land Buddhism, this translation is actually a well timed one. the interpretation, in addition to the dialogue of ancient and doctrinal concerns, is excellent." -- Sung-bae Park, nation collage of latest York at Stony Brook
"The writer has captured the spirit and has analyzed some of the principles that the founding fathers of chinese language natural Land college needed to paintings with. His perceptions of the jobs of those students, their interplay, and their demanding situations are insightful. The publication provides the total chinese language natural Land Buddhist move at its inception. Hui-yuan's position is abundantly documented and indicates his impression on different students, significantly Shan-tao. The paintings additionally indicates the huge examine and writings by means of smooth eastern students within the field." -- Kenneth ok. Inada, nation college of latest York at Buffalo
"Pure Land Buddhism turned an important form of Buddhism in China and Japan by way of mass attraction. therefore wisdom of the beginnings of this phenomenon in China is especially major for our learn of East Asian Buddhism normally. this can be breaking new ground." -- Robert G. Henricks, Dartmouth collage
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323) and Page 14 74 Wei's mother, who reportedly aspired to and gained rebirth in the Western Realm. The painting of Amitabha * constitutes one of the earliest examples in China of an icon used for devotional purposes. The Kuanching, nevertheless, played the most central role of the three sutras in the emergence of Pure Land Buddhism as a major Buddhist school in SuiT'ang China. 86 Paoliang (d. Paoliang and others compiled these commentaries into a voluminous seventyone scroll Page 17 88 commentary, the Taniehp'anching chichieh, in response to Liang Emperor Wu's edict of 509.
In East Asia, the distinction between the difficult and the easy path served as one of the primary doctrinal bases for the establishment of Pure Land as an independent school. 69 This suggests a more diffused Pure Land thought. Page 13 The processes of disassociation had disengaged Amitabha * not only from Sukhavati*, as discussed earlier, but also from the Dharmakara* story. Their innovation bears particularly on the following discussion of the Threebody (trikaya*) doctrine and Amitabha* as either Transformedbody or Rewardedbody.
The following reiterates the discussion between Huiyüan and Emperor Wu. If you now destroy them, there would be nothing for them to revere. "Since the formless true Buddhas can be known completely on their own, they have yet to rely on scriptures and images [to make themselves known]. " The Emperor had no response. "31 The Emperor again had no response. I therefore do not regard them [as I do the Buddhist scriptures]; if I did, I would destroy them in the same way [as were the Buddhist scriptures].