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民衆の古代史Japanese Buddhism and its History

Kazuhiko Yoshida, "Ancient History of the People" - Recommended for understanding ancient Buddhism and people's lives as seen through "Nihon ryoiki"!

This work is based on the "Nihon ryoiki" written by the Nara period monk Keikai, and looks at the lives of the people of that time.

This book reveals that Buddhist beliefs had already taken root among the people as early as the Nara period (710-794). We will also learn what kind of faith it was. This book also makes us think about what kind of salvation the people, not the aristocrats and monks, were seeking from Buddhism.

It was a very gratifying work for me to think about Japanese Buddhism. I highly recommend this work.

聖武天皇Japanese Buddhism and its History

Shinji Yoshikawa, "History of the Emperors, Volume 02: Emperor Shomu and the Buddhist Capital Heijo-kyo" - Recommended for learning about the history of the Nara period and the flow of Buddhism!

I found the section in the second half of the book on how the capital was moved from Heijo-kyo to Heian-kyo very stimulating. It is often said that the capital was moved from Heijo-kyo to Heian-kyo to distance itself from Buddhist powers, but it was interesting to learn that this was not actually the case, and that a major factor was a shift in the emperor's imperial lineage.

It is also interesting to look at the Nara and Heian periods from perspectives that we do not usually consider, such as the difference between the roles of the Buddhist capital Heijo-kyo and the political city of Heian-kyo.

The book itself was very easy to read and I was able to read it easily.

This is a recommended reference book to get an overall picture of the Nara and early Heian periods.

古代仏教Japanese Buddhism and its History

Kazuhiko Yoshida, "Re-reading Ancient Buddhism" - A recommended reference book for learning about the introduction of Buddhism, Prince Shotoku, the Emperor and the State!

In this book, interesting points that are truly eye-opening are made more and more. The commentary on Prince Shotoku and the formation of the state and the syncretism of Shintoism and Buddhism are especially interesting. It is extremely interesting.

I am a monk of the Jodo Shinshu sect. Shinran, the founder of Jodo Shinshu, was a monk who lived from the late Heian to Kamakura periods. I often have the opportunity to listen to lectures and Dharma talks about the period in which Shinran lived, but I do not have such opportunities to learn about the historical background and Buddhism in the Nara and Heian periods, which goes back even further than that. For such a person like me, it was very gratifying to learn about Buddhism and the historical background of this period, which is also the foundation of Japanese Buddhism.