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Amida Buddha in Jodo Shinshu: a "Primordial Buddha"?
« on: August 15, 2014, 05:20:59 pm »
Just curious: I have never seen Amida Buddha referred to in Shin as "Adi-Buddha", although Amida does enjoy very "high" buddhalogical titles and attributes. He is said to be the primordial Buddha, from which all Buddhas and Mahayanist sacred manifestations arise. So it is surprising that - to my knowledge - Amida is not called Adi-Buddha in Jodo Shinshu. Any information concerning why this is would be most welcome. Thanks in advance.

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Re: Amida Buddha in Jodo Shinshu: a "Primordial Buddha"?
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2014, 08:44:14 pm »
In Japan, although the term 'Adi-Buddha' is not known, the Dhyani-Buddhas, Amitabha and Vairocana, are both looked upon as Supreme. They are not believed, however, to have evolved the five Dhyani-Buddhas. The Amida sects claim that Vairocana and the other three Dhyani-Buddhas are manifestations of Amitabha, while the Shin-gon sect claims that Amida and the other three Dhyani-Buddhas are manifestations of Vairocana.

more here >>>  http://www.wisdomlib.org/buddhism/book/the-gods-of-northern-buddhism/d/doc4664.html

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Re: Amida Buddha in Jodo Shinshu: a "Primordial Buddha"?
« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2014, 12:27:34 am »
Thank you, thank you for your reply, and for the url. Just what I was after - and fascinating stuff to boot!

 


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