Chapter 18

Shin Buddhism in Modern Culture

Chapter 18 – The Nembutsu: Myokonin

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Multiple Choice Questions

  • 1. The word myokonin, which describes a remarkable group of Shin Buddhists, literally means:
  • 2. For which of the following reasons was the ideal of the myokonin promoted during the Edo period? Was it to:
  • 3. Which of the following statements regarding the characteristics of the myokonin is FALSE? They:
  • 4. The lives of the myokonin reflect their realization of “ki-ho-ittai,” which means the:
  • 5. Many of the myokonin described their relationship to the Buddha as that of:
  • 6. Incidents in the lives of the myokonin show us that they:
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Thought Questions

1. What is your personal impression of those wonderfully good people called myokonin?

2. Do you think there is a place in 20th century American society for such wonderfully good people? On a society that places so much emphasis on assertiveness, self-confidence, and self-reliance, what impact would someone like a myokonin have?