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Pure Lands Buddhism Research Paper

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Pure Lands Buddhism is highly influenced by the doctrines and practices in Tendai, especially the Lotus Sutra. However, Pure Lands Buddhism began to spread throughout Japan because of the shift from the Heian period to the Kamakura period. The “uncertainty of life” and the belief that mappō was occurring allowed the shift to Pure Lands Buddhism to become popular (Earhart 130). I believe that this shift occurred because of the inclusive nature of Pure Lands Buddhism. The main belief that “Amida has compassion for and wants to save all human beings” allowed Buddhists to focus more on reaching salvation by going to the Pure Lands (Earhart 131). Pure Lands Buddhism allowed monks to ignore the decline of the Buddha’s law, or mappō, that was supposedly
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