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Author McBride, Richard D., II, 1969- author
Title Aspiring to enlightenment : Pure Land Buddhism in Silla Korea / Richard D. McBride II
Imprint Honolulu : University of Hawaiʻi Press, [2020]
book jacket
 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  BQ8518.4 M119 2020    IN PROCESS    30530001400399
Descript xv, 194 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
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volume nc rdacarrier
Series Pure Land Buddhist studies
Pure Land Buddhist studies
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 161-183) and index
The World of Buddhist Scholars in Silla Korea -- Pure Land Thinkers in Medieval China -- The Pure Land Practice of Silla's Buddhist Intellectuals -- Interaction and Reaction between the Amitābha and Maitreya Cults -- The Amitābha Cult in Practice -- Epilogue: The legacy of of Silla's Pure Land Buddhism
"Centered on the practice of seeking rebirth in the Pure Land paradise Sukhāvatī the Amitābha cult has been the dominant form of Buddhism in Korea since the middle of the Silla period (ca. 300-935). In Aspiring to Enlightenment, Richard McBride combines analyses of scriptural, exegetical, hagiographical, epigraphical, art historical, and literary materials to provide an episodic account of the cult in Silla times and its rise in an East Asian context through the mutually interconnected perspectives of doctrine and practice. McBride demonstrates that the Pure Land tradition emerging in Korea in the seventh and eighth centuries was vibrant and collaborative and that Silla monk-scholars actively participated in a shared, international Buddhist discourse. Monks such as the exegete par excellence Wŏnhyo and the Yogācāra proponent Kyŏnghŭng did not belong to a specific sect or school, but like their colleagues in China, they participated in a broadly inclusive doctrinal tradition. He examines scholarly debates surrounding the cults of Maitreya and Amitābha, the practice of buddhānusmṛti, the recollection of Amitābha, the "ten recollections" within the larger Mahāyana context of the bodhisattva's path of practice, the emerging Huayan intellectual tradition, and the influential interpretations of medieval Chinese Pure Land proponents Tanluan and Shandao. Finally, his work illuminates the legacy of the Silla Pure Land tradition, revealing how the writings of Silla monks continued to be of great value to Japanese monks for several centuries. With its fresh and comprehensive approach to the study of Pure Land Buddhism, Aspiring to Enlightenment is important for not only students and scholars of Korean history and religion and East Asian Buddhism, but also those interested in the complex relationship between doctrinal writings and devotional practice "on the ground.""-- Provided by publisher
Subject Wŏnhyo, 617-686
Pure Land Buddhism -- Silla (Kingdom) -- Doctrines
Pure Land Buddhism -- Silla (Kingdom) -- Customs and practices
Silla (Kingdom) -- Religious life and customs
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