This week: the advent of the medieval era brings with it new strands of Buddhism that will radically remake the image of the religion from an aristocratic faith to a distinctly Japanese one. So, how do the wildly different beliefs of Zen, Pure Land, and Nichiren Buddhism all grow out of the same moment in religious history?
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Bodiford, William M. “Medieval Religion” in Japan Emerging: Premodern History to 1850
Faure, Bernard. Visions of Power: Imagining Medieval Japanese Buddhism