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12.6: Notes

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    1. Gendo Nakai, Shinran and His Religion of Pure Faith (Kyoto, Japan: The Shinshu Research Institute, 1937), pp. 103-114, 116-117, 124-126.
    2. Nyorai is the Japanese equivalent of the Sanskrit word tathagata-meaning, as stressed in Jodo-shin-shu, "one who has come from truth (tathata)" or "manifestation of Absolute truth."
    3. Buddhas and Bodhisattvas are supposed to be of a qualitatively different, extra-samsaric order than are gods (devas), who are understood to be subject to the cycle of samsara.
    4. Ibid., pp. 167-170, 182-186, 190-193.
    5. The five hideous sins are parricide, matricide, killing an arhat (one who has realized nirvana by Theravada practice), causing schism in the Samgha (the Buddhist community, especially the monastic community), and shedding the blood of a Buddha. The ten evil deeds are (1) three deeds of the body, i.e., taking life, theft, and adultery; (2) four deeds of the mouth, i.e., lying, exaggeration, double-tongue, and abuse; and (3) three deeds of the mind, i.e., covetousness, anger, and ignorance.
    6. Billy Graham, The Jesus Generation (Grand Rapids, Ml: Zondervan, 1971), pp. 139-147, and 149.
    7. Billy Graham, How To Be Born Again (Waco, TX: Word Books, 1977), p. 167.
    8. Ibid., pp. 8-9, 79-80, and 125-126.
    9. The similarities are so striking that one is prompted to raise the question as to some historical influence. Others have raised it before, and so far no one has been able to come up with any significant historical connection. The philosophical assumption that there must be some such connection to account for the degree of similarity amounts to a denial that there can be a generic, more or less universal structure of a devotional way of being religious that can account for the similarity, a structure this book has been maintaining all along.

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