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10B outline - Buddhist devotional practices Intro: ideas,...

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Buddhist devotional practices Intro: ideas, texts, practices… Pure Land Buddhism (SCT 481-91) Warrant: decline of the Buddha’s Dharma; “latter days of Dharma” ( mofa n ); need for an easier, direct path Options: (a) upgrade results of devotional practices (b) Maitreya, the next Buddha, in his Tusita Heaven (c) Doctrine of universal Buddha-nature (d) Pure Land The basic idea Amituo’s vow Function of his Pure Land Scriptural depictions; visualization Central practice: nian Fo n   : chanting the name of, and thus paying homage to and expressing faith in, Amituo Buddha; also, visualizing one’s own rebirth in the Pure Land 1
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Other devotional practices Relic cults Transport of relics as key mechanism for spreading Buddhism into new areas “Discovery” of relics in China Enshrinement of relics in stupas & reliquaries Sponsorship of stupas and temples Processions and pilgrimages Han Yu’s memorial against these practices (819 C.E., Tang dynasty; SCT 568, 583-86)
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