Chapter 5

Shin Buddhism in Modern Culture

Chapter 5 – Kamakura Buddhism: Buddhist Responses to History

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Multiple Choice Questions
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Thought Questions

1. In studying a Buddhist teacher, or any religious figure, why is it important to understand the historical context out of which that person came? In other words, why should we be aware of the social and political conditions that surrounded that figure during his day?

2. Why did the Kamakura Buddhist leaders reject Tendai as an institution? Was it easy for them to do this?

3. Think about each of the Kamakura Buddhist leaders. How did each one resolve the problems of historical circumstance? How is this resolution reflected in the teachings of each leader?