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mmw3-lec27 - 6/4/10(Fri) Lecture Twenty-sevenThe Ephemeral...

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6/4/10(Fri) Lecture Twenty-seven—The Ephemeral Life: Lessons from the Kamakura Outline Lecture Twenty-seven The Ephemeral Life: Lessons from the Kamakura I) Kamukara Buddhism - During the Kamukara, there was overwhelming belief that world was in mappo a) Final Phase of the Dharma or Mappo ( Age of Degenerate Dharma ) i) Latter Degenerate Days of the Law (Mo-Fa in Chinese; Mappo in Japanese) - that Dharma, the teaching of Buddha was in degenerate stage. >> teachings are dying. >why? >> political crisis, bloodshed. >> maybe the decline of dharma, maybe end of the world. - In this context, many diverse form of Buddhism emerged. - some of them very urgent appeal to the piety. b) Pure Land Sect i) Nembutsu as the only way towards salvation - reciting the name of Amitaba over and over again ii) Shinran’s view of human nature - his belief was that Nembutsu was the only source of salvation: very urgen tireless way, practice the Nembutsu - recite the Buddha’s name over and over again. - basic assumption was human nature was inherently debased/corrupt >>only way to be saved was to appeal to the help of amitaba buddha - In thie tradition, salvation didn’t come from the way you live (how you conduct your life), but thru the depth of your faith. (the ritual you perform) similar to Martin Luther’s emphasis that only faith can save you, not so much of works that you
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This note was uploaded on 11/27/2010 for the course MMW 685308 taught by Professor Chang during the Spring '10 term at UCSD.

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mmw3-lec27 - 6/4/10(Fri) Lecture Twenty-sevenThe Ephemeral...

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