Transactions of the Korea Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society Volume 8

Transactions of the Korea Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society Volume 8

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ...temples even in Corea are addressed to Amida Buddha. And one of the favourite pictures, in any large Corean temple is the Keuk-rak-kou-p'oum, JL iii-3-ef =f si shewing the nine stages of the Blissful Paradise of the west, to which Amida Buddha admits those who trust in him. And though he has so largely pushed the historic Buddha Gautama (or Syek-ka-moni) on one side, and though his ' paradise of the West " seems to be in flat contradiction to all that Gautama Buddha himself taught, no Buddhist devotee in Corea seems to vex himself about, or even to be aware of, the inconsistency. The explanation usually given is that, great as is the bliss of the " western heaven," it is still something far short of the " Nirvana," which must be the ultimate aim of all true Buddhists. But so great are the mercies of Amida Buddha that he throws wide open to all who trust in him the gates of his paradise, entrance into which carries with it the promise of an easy passage into Nirvana, after but one more re-incarnation. But for all practical purposes, Amida's rather sensuous paradise would appear to have usurped the position of Nirvana as the ultimate goal of Buddhist faith among most of the peoples of the Far East. Side by side with Amida Buddha and Syek-ka-moni (i.e. Gautama) Buddha, but always in a position subsidiary to the one or the other, mention must be made of the numerous and popular class of secondary divinities, known as Bodhisattivas, -or HI-SL Q to whom reference has already been made. Of these the most popular in Corea are the six following: --(i) Miryek Posal, i.e. Maitreya ffi U P 3. Q or the coming Saviour, who will become a Buddha on his next incarnation. His figure is sometimes found in a separate shrine in some of the...show more

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  • Paperback | 24 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 64g
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  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123652800X
  • 9781236528001