Buddhist Hagiography in Early Japan: Images of Compassion in the Gyoki Tradition

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Overview

This study of the Bodhisattva Gyoki illustrates how Japanese Buddhist hagiographers chose to regard a single monk's charitable activities as a miraculous achievement that shaped the course of Japanese history.
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'Augus-tine’s attention to detail and his use of intricate evidence to support his arguments make Buddhist Hagiography in Early Japan an intriguing venture into how to read and appreciate Buddhist hagiography ' - Journal of Buddhist Ethics, 2008
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Meet the Author

Jonathan Morris Augustine is an Associate Professor of International Communication at the Kyoto Institute of Technology in Japan. Since 1973 he has spent most of his life in Asia with the exception of a decade at Princeton University where he obtained his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : the bodhisattva Gyoki in the broader hagiographic context 1
1 The received biography of Gyoki 13
2 The bodhisattva tradition and the hagiographer's craft 28
3 Gyoki and the Soniryo : violations of early monastic regulations in Japan 47
4 Gyoki and the politics of the Nara court 63
5 Gyoki's charitable projects 84
6 Gyoki and further developments in Buddhist hagiography 97
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