ReligionNov5 - AGENDA FOR NOVEMBER 5 PURE LAND/TIBETAN...

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AGENDA FOR NOVEMBER 5 0. PURE LAND/TIBETAN BUDDHISM - 1 st century CE new Mahayana school - Developed around veneration of a celestial Buddha of infinite life and infinite light known in Sanskrit as Amitayus or Amitabha and as Amida in Japanese - Took its name from 2 sutras where Shakyamuni tells the story of Amida 1. CHINESE RELIGIONS 0. BASIC ELEMENTS OF CHINESE RELIGION 1. TAOISM: 0. PHILOSOPHICAL TAOISM 1. RELIGIOUS TAOISM 2. TEXTUAL ANALYSIS PURE LAND BUDDHISM 2. POPULAR VS. ELITE FORMS OF BUDDHISM 3. AMIDA BUDDHA (AMITABHA – ONE OF THE SAMBHOGAKAYAS) - Earlier Buddha who before his enlightenment, as a young prince named Dharmakara, took 48 bodhisattva vows detailing his intention to achieve higher enlightenment, to help others and to establish a heaven called the Pure Land - In the 18 th vow he promised to establish a heaven for those who express their desire to be reborn there by thinking of him (through faith in his compassionate power) - Vows that he’ll strive to become a completely enlightened Buddha but only if he
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This note was uploaded on 04/20/2008 for the course RLG 100 taught by Professor Pearly during the Spring '08 term at University of Toronto- Toronto.

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