Author Archives: Kathryn Gillett

Death and Faith in Shinran’s Mattōshō 1

Shinran describes his views about the Pure Land by stating, “Believers of true faith, because they are embraced [by Amida] never to be forsaken, reside already at the stage whereby they are truly assured [of enlightenment]” (RJP 282). He explains … Continue reading Continue reading

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Kūkai: Elevation to Godlike Status through Legends and Worship

Despite Kūkai’s teachings of attaining enlightenment and describing the way of the universe with respect to the interconnection between sound, word, and reality, modern day Japanese people remember him as an individual from legend and worthy of worship. With the founding … Continue reading Continue reading

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