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mmw3-lec27 - (Fri Lecture Twenty-sevenThe Ephemeral Life...

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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)
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