Linked bibliography for the SEP article "Japanese Pure Land Philosophy" by Dennis Hirota

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Primary Literature

  • Genshin, 1973. The Teachings Essential for Rebirth : A Study of Genshin’s Ōjōyōshū, Allan A. Andrews, Tokyo: Sophia University. Partial translation and outline of the seminal work of the Tendai Pure Land master. (Scholar)
  • Gómez, Luis O., trans., 1996. Land of Bliss : The Paradise of the Buddha of Measureless Light : Sanskrit and Chinese Versions of the Sukhāvatīvyūha Sutras, Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press. Major scriptures of the Pure Land tradition, including discussions and charts reflecting hermeneutical practices of Japanese masters. (Scholar)
  • Hirota, Dennis, trans., 1989. Plain Words on the Pure Land Way: Sayings of the Wandering Monks of Medieval Japan, Kyoto: Ryukoku University. A translation of Ichigon hōdan. (Scholar)
  • –––, trans., 1990. “On Attaining the Settled Mind: A Translation of Anjinketsujosho,” Eastern Buddhist, 23(2): 106–121 and 24(1) (1991): 81–96. Anonymous philosophically oriented medieval tract. (Scholar)
  • Hōnen, 1998. Hōnen’s Senchakushū: Passages on the Selection of the Nembutsu in the Original Vow (Senchaku hongan nembutsu shū), trans. and ed. Senchakushū English Translation Project, Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press.
  • –––, 2011. The Promise of Amida Buddha: Hōnen’s Path to Bliss, trans. Jōji Atone and Yūko Hayashi, Boston: Wisdom Publications. Japanese writings and recorded words of Hōnen. (Scholar)
  • Ippen, 1989. No Abode: The Record of Ippen, trans. Dennis Hirota, Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press. Reflects the Pure Land thought of Hōnen’s disciple Shōkū, as well as esoteric and folk religious practices. (Scholar)
  • Shinran, 1973. The Kyōgyōshinshō: The Collection of passages Expounding the True Teaching, Living, Faith, and Realizing of the Pure Land, trans. Daisetsu Teitarō Suzuki, Kyoto: Shinshū Ōtaniha. Volume 2 includes major essays by Suzuki on Shin Buddhism. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1982. Tannishō: A Primer, trans. Dennis Hirota, Kyoto: Ryukoku University. Phrase-by-phrase translation with romanization and original text. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1997 [CWS]. The Collected Works of Shinran, Dennis Hirota et al., trans., Kyoto: Jōdo Shinshū Hongwanji-ha, 2 vols. Volume 1: Shinran’s doctrinal writings. Volume 2: introductions, glossaries, and reading aids.
  • Shinran, 2012. Shinran’s Kyōgyōshinshō: The Collection of Passages Expounding the True Teaching, Living, Faith, and Realizing of the Pure Land, translated by Daisetz Teitarō Suzuki, Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Scholar)

Secondary Literature

  • Barth, K., 1961, Church Dogmatics, Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark; I/2 reprinted in On Religion: The Revelation of God as the Sublimation of Religion, Garrett Green (trans.), London: T. & T. Clark, 2006. (Scholar)
  • Bloom, Alfred (ed.), 2004. Living in Amida’s Universal Vow: Essays in Shin Buddhism, Bloomington: World Wisdom. (Includes essays by Kiyozawa Manshi, Soga Ryōjin, D. T. Suzuki, Takeuchi Yoshinori, Ueda Yoshifumi and others.) (Scholar)
  • Blum, Mark L. and Robert F. Rhodes (eds.), 2011. Cultivating Spirituality: A Modern Shin Buddhist Anthology, Albany: State University of New York Press. (Includes essays by Kiyozawa Manshi, Soga Ryōjin, and other figures associated with Higashi Honganji.) (Scholar)
  • Gordon, M. L., 1882. “The Doctrine of Amida is Unauthentic,” The Chrysanthemum: A Monthly Magazine for Japan and the Far East 3 (March 1882): 104-110. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1883. “The Religious Influence of Buddhism as an Obstacle to the Reception of the Gospel in Japan,” in Proceedings of the General Conference of the Protestant Misisonaries of Japan (Osaka, Japan, April, 1983), Yokohama: R. Meiklejohn and Company. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1893. An American Missionary in Japan, Boston: Houghton, Mifflin. (Scholar)
  • Hirota, Dennis, 1993. “Shinran’s View of Language: A Buddhist Hermeneutics of Faith,” Eastern Buddhist, 26(1): 50–93 and 26(2): 91–130. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2000a, “Images of Reality in the Shin Buddhist Path: A Hermeneutical Approach,” in Hirota 2000b. (Scholar)
  • ––– (ed.), 2000b. Toward a Contemporary Understanding of Pure Land Buddhism, Albany, N. Y.: State University of New York Press. Articles by John B. Cobb, Jr., Dennis Hirota, Gordon D. Kaufman, Musashi Tachikawa, and John Yokota. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2006. Asura’s Harp: Engagement with Language as Buddhist Path, Heidelberg: Universitatsverlag Winter. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2008. “Shinran and Heidegger on Truth,” in Paul Numrich (ed.), Boundaries of Knowledge in Buddhism, Christianity, and the Natural Sciences, Göttingen: Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, pp. 59–79. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2009. “Shinran and Heidegger on the Phenomenology of Religious Life,” Shinshūgaku (Ryukoku University) Nos. 119–120, 1–30. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2010. “Shinran in the Light of Heidegger: Rethinking the Concept of Shinjin,” in James Heisig and Rein Raud (eds.), Classical Japanese Philosophy, Frontiers of Japanese Philosophy 7, Nagoya: Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture, 207–231. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2011. “The Awareness of the Natural World in Shinjin,” Buddhist-Christian Studies 31, 189–200. (Scholar)
  • Josephson, Jason Ānanda, 2012. The Invention of Religion in Japan, Chicago: University of Chicago Press. (Scholar)
  • Kasulis, Thomas P., 1984. “Buddhist Existentialism,” Eastern Buddhist, 17(2): 134–141. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2001. “Symposium: Shin Buddhist Ethics in Our Postmodern Age ofMappō,” Eastern Buddhist, 33(1): 16–37. (Scholar)
  • Ketelaar, James Edward, 1990. Of Heretics and Martyrs in Meiji Japan: Buddhism and Its Persecution, Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press. (Scholar)
  • Machida, Soho, 1999. Renegade Monk: Hōnen and Japanese Pure Land Buddhism, Ioannis Mentzas (trans. and ed.), Berkeley: University of California Press. (Scholar)
  • Morrell, Robert E., 1987. Early Kamakura Buddhism: A Minority Report, Berkeley, CA: Asian Humanities Press. (Scholar)
  • Nishida, Kitaro, 1986. “The Logic of Topos and the Religious Worldview,” trans. Michiko Yusa, Eastern Buddhist, 19(2): 1–29. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1995. “Nishida’s Gutoku Shinran,” trans. Dennis Hirota, Eastern Buddhist, 28(2): 231–244. (Scholar)
  • Nishitani, Keiji, 1978. “The Problem of Time in Shinran,” trans. Dennis Hirota, Eastern Buddhist, 11(1): 13–26. (Scholar)
  • Payne, Richard K. and Kenneth K. Tanaka (eds.), 2004. Approaching the Land of Bliss: Religious Praxis in the Cult of Amitābha, Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press. (Includes an essay on the Pure Land practice of the Shingon priest Kakuban.) (Scholar)
  • Soga, Ryōjin, 1965. “Dharmakara Bodhisattva,” Eastern Buddhist, 1(1): 64–78. (Scholar)
  • Suzuki, D. T., 1970, Shin Buddhism, New York: Harper and Row. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1957. Mysticism: Christian and Buddhist, London: Routledge. (Scholar)
  • –––, 2015. Selected Works of D.T. Suzuki (Volume II: Pure Land), James C. Dobbins (ed.), Berkeley: University of California Press. (Scholar)
  • Tanabe, George J., 1992. Myōe the Dreamkeeper: Fantasy and Knowledge in Early Kamakura Buddhism, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. (Scholar)
  • Tanabe, Hajime, 1986. Philosophy as Metanoetics, Berkeley: University of California Press. (Scholar)
  • Tanaka, Kenneth K. and Eisho Nasu (eds.), 1998. Engaged Pure Land Buddhism: The Challenges of Jōdo-Shinshū in the Contemporary World, Berkeley, CA: WisdomOcean Publications. (Scholar)
  • Takeuchi, Yoshinori, 1980. “Shinran and Contemporary Thought,” trans. Jan van Bragt, Eastern Buddhist, 13(2): 26–45. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1982. “The Meaning of Other Power in the Buddhist Way of Salvation,” Eastern Buddhist, 15(2): 10–27. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1983. The Heart of Buddhism : In Search of the Timeless Spirit of Primitive Buddhism, New York: Crossroad. Includes essays treating Shinran. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1996. “The Fundamental Problem of Shinran’s Thought (Part I),” Eastern Buddhist, 29(2): 153–158. (Scholar)
  • Thelle, Notto R., 1987. Buddhism and Christianity in Japan: From Conflict to Dialogue, 1854-1899, Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. (Scholar)
  • Ueda, Yoshifumi, 1984. “The Mahayana Structure of Shinran’s Thought,” trans. Dennis Hirota, in Eastern Buddhist, 17(1): 57–78 and 17(2): 30–54. (Scholar)
  • –––, 1986. “Freedom and Necessity in Shinran’s Concept of Karma,” trans. Dennis Hirota, Eastern Buddhist, 19(1): 76–100. (Scholar)
  • Ueda, Yoshifumi and Dennis Hirota, 1989. Shinran: An Introduction to His Thought, Kyoto: Hongwanji International Center. (Includes background chapters on Mahayana and general Pure Land Buddhist thought and a selection of key passages from Shinran’s writings with original texts.) (Scholar)
  • van Bragt, Jan, 2017. A Soga Ryōjin Reader, Wamae Muriuki (ed.), Michael Conway (Introduction), Nagoya, Japan: Chisokudō. (Scholar)
  • van der Veere, Henny, 2000. A Study into the Thought of Kōgyō Daishi Kakuban: With a Translation of His Gorin kuji myō himitsushaku. Leiden: Hotei Publishing. (Twelfth century Shingon formulation of Pure Land themes. Includes a translation of Amida hishaku.) (Scholar)

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