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Ŭijŏk’s Commentary on the Sūtra of Immeasurable Life: Examining the Newly Found Manuscript

南宏信 1

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ABSTRACT

Within the Pure Land related religious scriptures stored at the Minobu collection (Yamanashi prefecture, Japan), there is a commentary on the Sūtra of Immeasurable Life 無量壽經 entitled Muryangsugyong sulgi 無量 壽經述記 卷第一 (Japanese: Muryōju-kyō Jukki Kan Dai’ichi). Upon validating the contents it was determined to match the text entitled Muryangsugyong sul(ŭi)gi 無量壽經述(義)記 which was written by the seventh century Silla monk Ŭijŏk 義寂. The said text is thought to be a late Heian period transcript and while recorded in various records the extant copy had not been verified. There was only a reconstructed version of the text compiled by Reichi Kasuga and Ryūkai Etani from quotes from such texts as Minamoto no Takakuni’s 源隆國 (1004-1077) Anyōshū 安養集 and Ryōe Dōkō’s 了慧道光 (1243-1330) Muryōju-kyō Shō 無量壽經鈔. Here I will give thought to more reliable reconstruction given those parts which were incomplete in Etani’s reconstructed version as well as introducing the Minobu collection’s copy as a preliminary step.

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