The Senchaku Hongan Nembutsu Shū: A Collection of Passages on the Nembutsu Chosen in the Original Vow is the principle work by Hōnen (Genkū), founder of the Pure Land School (Jōdo Shū) in Japan. Drawing onThe Three Pure Land Sutras, and earlier works in the Mahayana canon, it espouses the recitation of the name of Amitāyus as the fundamental cause for rebirth in the Pure Land. Complete in one volume.
Senchaku Hongan Nembutsu Shū
A Collection of Passages on the Nembutsu Chosen in the Original Vow .is the principal work of Genkū (Hōnen), the founder of the Pure Land School (Jōdo Shū) in Japan. It is regarded as the basic text of this school.
In 16 chapters it presents a systematic outline of Pure Land Buddhism, quoting in detail from the three basic sūtras of Pure Land Buddhism in Japan (Taishō 360, 365, and 366), the commentary (Taishō 1753) by Shan-dao (Jpn. Zendo) on the Amitāyurdhyāna-sūtra and many other related works. The result is a detailed exposition of the thesis that the nembutsu (recitation of the name of Amida Buddha) is the fundamental cause for rebirth in the Pure Land. In the process, however, the collection criticizes traditional Buddhist schools founded during the Nara and Heian Periods. As a result this work met with strong criticism from the traditional Buddhist schools, and many works refuting the author’s views appeared even during his lifetime. Regardless, Genku's text proved to be the most important single literary work in the establishment of the Pure Land School as an independent school of Buddhism in Japan.
Jp. Senchaku hongan nembutsu shū (選擇本願念佛集), composed by Genkū. 1 fascicle.
Table of Contents
A Message on the Publication of the English Tripiṭaka NUMATA Yehan v
Editorial Foreword MAYEDASengaku vii
Publisher’s Foreword Kenneth Inada ix
Translator’s Introduction Morris Augustine 1
Chapter I The Two Gateways 7
Chapter II The Right and Miscellaneous Practices 17
Chapter III The Original Vow 29
Chapter IV The Three Classes of People 43
Chapter V The Benefits of the Nembutsu 53
Chapter VI The Nembutsu Alone Will Remain 57
Chapter VII The Light of Amida Envelops the Nembutsu Practitioners 63
Chapter VIII The Three Minds 67
Chapter IX The Four Modes of Practice 87
Chapter X Praise from the Transformation Buddha 93
Chapter XI The Nembutsu Practice Is Praised above the Miscellaneous Practices 97
Chapter XII Only the Nembutsu Was Transmitted to Ānanda 105
Chapter XIII The Nembutsu Is the Source of Much Good 119
Chapter XIV The Many Buddhas Bear Witness Only to the Nembutsu 123
Chapter XV All the Buddhas Protect Those Who Utter the Nembutsu 127
Chapter XVI Sakyamuni Transmitted Amida’s Name to Sariputra 131
A List of the Volumes of the BDK English Tripiṭaka (First Series) 171