Chapter 13

Shin Buddhism in Modern Culture

Chapter 14 – The Traditional Structure of Shinran’s Thought

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Multiple Choice Questions

  • 1. For which of the following reasons was the system of lineage of the transmission of the teaching formed?
  • 2. For Honen, the recitation of the Nembutsu was:
  • 3. For Shinran, the Nembutsu was:
  • 4. Bodhi-citta is a term that refers to the:
  • 5. Shinran resolved the problem of the relationship between practice and faith with the understanding that:
  • 6. Which of the following statements best describes Shinran’s philosophy of history? That it:
  • 7. To which of the following ages did Shinran think the Pure Land way applied?
  • 8. Which of the following is not true? That Shinran:
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Thought Questions

1. In this chapter you have studied the evolution of religious thought, specifically that of the Pure Land. What observations have you made in regard to the process as a whole? What does this tell you about the nature of man’s search for truth?

2. How does Shinran’s approach to the Pure Land differ from that of Honen’s? Why is Shinran’s view of the relationship between faith and practice unique?

3. The author says that “truth is enmeshed in history, but it must also transcend it.” What are your thoughts regarding this? Do you think that truth must transcend history?