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A Study into the Thought of Kogyo Daishi Kakuban: With a translation of his 'Gorin kuji myo himitsushaku'

A Study into the Thought of Kogyo Daishi Kakuban: With a translation of his 'Gorin kuji myo himitsushaku' (Hardback)

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Kakuban (1095-1144) is the second most important figure in the history of the Shingon sect of Esoteric Buddhism, but there are few studies about him in Western languages. This work contains a biography and a discussion of Kakuban's works, focusing on his doctrines. Although it is widely believed that Kakuban incorporated Amidist ideas and practices into Shingon, this study shows that Kakuban's aim was to explain the practices of other schools from an orthodox Shingon point of view. The translations of Kakuban's major works, the Amida hishaku and the Gorin kuji myo himitsushaku, clearly support this idea.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesReligion & BeliefsBuddhismReligion & BeliefsOther Religions, Cults and alternatives to religion Publisher: Brill Publication Date: 01/01/2000 ISBN-13: 9789074822237  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Henny van der Veere was educated at the University of Leiden, where he focused on Indian and Japanese studies. Rev. Van der Veere is a specialist in Asian religions and Esoteric Buddhism. He was initiated into the Buzan branch of the Shingei-Shingon sect in 1997.

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