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The Kusha-shū (?) was one of the six schools of Buddhism introduced to Japan during the Asuka and Nara periods.[1] Along with the Tattvasiddhi school (Jōjitsu-shū) and the Risshū, it is a school of Nikaya Buddhism, which is sometimes derisively known to Mahayana Buddhism as "the Hinayana".

A Sarvastivada school, Kusha-shū focussed on abhidharma analysis based on the "Commentary on the Abhidharmakośabhaṣya (倶舎論?)" by the fourth-century Gandharan philosopher Vasubandhu. The school takes its name from that authoritative text.[1]

Names commonly associated with the Kusha-shū are Dōshō (道昭 638-700), Joe (644-714), Chitsū (智通 ?-?), Chitatsu (智達 ?-?), and Genbō (玄昉 ?-746).

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  1. ^ a b Lopez 2013, p. 574.