Original Enlightenment and the Transformation of Medieval Japanese Buddhism (Studies in East Asian Buddhism)
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Original Enlightenment and the Transformation of Medieval Japanese Buddhism (Studies in East Asian Buddhism)


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This study moves beyond the treatment of the original enlightenment doctrine as abstract philosophy to explore its historical dimension. Drawing on a wealth of medieval primary sources and modern Japanese scholarship, it places this discourse in its ritual, institutional and social contexts, illuminating its importance to the maintenance of traditions of lineage and the secret transmission of knowledge that characterized medieval Japanese elite culture.


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