Concept of Grace in Eastern Thought?

August 10, 2008

If I could actually accumulate some merit by my own power, I would help my dead parents by the grace of Invocation to Amida  (But it is not I who can save me, but Amida himself).  So I should give up the self-concieted attitude of hoping to save myself and others by the grace of religious practice (and I should rely on the grace of Amida). 

 Ways of Thinking of Eastern People p. 424

am boggled that the author uses the term grace, a Christian term.  Is there a concept of grace in Japan before the introduction of Chrisitanity?

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