Cover of Kaimokushō or Liberation from Blindness
ISBN: 
1-886439-12-5
Publisher: 
BDK America
Pages: 
248
Publish Date: 
2000
Format: 
Hardcover
Author(s): 
Nichiren
Translator(s): 
Senchū Murano
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Overview

This thirteenth-century text by Nichiren extols the Lotus Sutra and critiques the other schools of Japanese Buddhism active at that time. Complete in one volume.

Nichiren's re-appraisal of the Lotus Sutra
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Volume 84

Kaimokushō or Liberation from Blindness

Nichiren was motivated to write Kaimokushō or Liberation from Blindness as a result of the ordeals he experienced during exile to Izu and Sado, and it represents a reappraisal of The Lotus Sūtra (Taishō 262). Kaimoku means literally “to open the eyes,” the implication being that the work aims to lead people still at an early stage of spiritual development to the essence of the supreme Lotus Sūtra. Since Nichiren composed the work in Japanese and not classical Chinese, it is considered that he wrote it for his lay followers.

Source
Jp. Kaimokushō (開目抄), composed by Nichiren. 2 fascicles.

Table of Contents

A Message on the Publication of the English Tripiṭaka     NUMATA Yehan     V
Editorial Foreword     MAYEDA Sengaku     vii
Publisher’s Foreword     Kenneth K. Inada     ix


Translator’s Introduction     MURANO Senchū     1
Notes on Transliteration  3

Kaimokushō or Liberation from Blindness

Chapter I   The Saddharmapuṇḍarīka-sūtra  7
Chapter II   Am I Not the Practitioner of the Saddharmapuṇḍarīka-sūtra?  41
Chapter III   The Five Testimonies to the Truthfulness of My Faith  79
Chapter IV   The Age of Degeneration  95
Chapter V   Die a Martyr for the Cause of Saddharmapuṇḍarīka-sūtra!  111


Glossary 127
Bibliography 131
Index 133
A List of the Volumes of the BDK English Tripiṭaka (First Series)

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