Journal of Indian and Buddhist Studies (Indogaku Bukkyogaku Kenkyu)
Online ISSN : 1884-0051
Print ISSN : 0019-4344
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The Change of Time in Shinran's Thought: from the moment of death to the present life
Mikio TAKEDA
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2005 Volume 54 Issue 1 Pages 197-200,1256

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In my paper I wish to discuss Shinran's idea of the change of time. Shinran states:
The person who lives true shinjin, however, abides in the stage of the truly settled, for he has already been grasped, never to be abandoned. There is no need to wait in anticipation for the moment of death, no need to rely on Amida's coming. At the time shinjin becomes settled, birth too becomes settled (Letters of Shinran, Hongwanji International Center, 1978: 20)
Shinran emphasizes that there is no need to rely on Amida's coming at the moment of death. In this passage we can find that Shinran made clear the truth of salvation in the present life. This change of salvation's time-from the moment of death to the present life-is Shinran's idea of the change of time.

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