The identity between the purport of the perfect and esoteric teachings

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Abstract

The agreement of Tendai Perfect teachings of the Lotus Sutra and Esoteric Buddhism is one of the hallmarks of Japanese Tendai. I trace this idea from Indian sources such as the Dazhidulun to China in works by Zhiyi, Zhanran, and Yixing, finally ending in Japan with a number of figures such as Saichō and Annen. In doing so, I explore how the terms and their nuances gradually changed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-102
Number of pages20
JournalJapanese Journal of Religious Studies
Volume41
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • Agreement of lotus sutra and esoteric buddhism
  • Annen
  • Enmitsu itchi
  • Saichō
  • Taimitsu
  • Tendai

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies

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